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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

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Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
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Wildlife sea tour to Taioroa Head

Brilliant wildlife tour with very knowledgeable skipper. We saw lots of albatross and fur seals... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lorna R
It does not get much better than this.

Great staff, comfortable buses and vessel and wonderful wildlife. We were fortunate to be on the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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The crew of Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours take great delight and pride in getting our guests closer to our unique southern ocean wildlife, and to our glorious scenery.The Otago Peninsula and harbour is renowned for it's breeding populations of Northern Royal Albatross, Yellow-Eyed Penguins, Little Blue Penguins, furseals, sealions, and many other birds and mammals.Cruising on the MV Monarch is a great way to see them.
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Dunedin 9054, New Zealand

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Brilliant wildlife tour with very knowledgeable skipper. We saw lots of albatross and fur seals. Other seabirds too. Geology or Taioroa Head is fantastic too.

Thank Lorna R
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great staff, comfortable buses and vessel and wonderful wildlife. We were fortunate to be on the Monarch on a windy damp day...fortunate I say as the albatross were out in numbers flying around the vessel. The skipper gave a very impressive and informative commentary and...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

After our previous visit 6 years ago, two factors prompted our return visit to NZ: re-trek Milford, and repeat the Monarch Albatross cruise; both activities in the absolute first tier of NZ experiences. Captain Buddy and mate Jurgen were inspirational leaders on the Monarch Tour....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a half day 'Wildlife Cruise and Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve' that was really 3 tours in one. First we had a coach ride from the Monarch office in Dunedin around the bay and up the hills, with a couple of stops to take...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Seeing the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguins both in the hospital and in the wild was amazing. The commentary to begin with was of the highest quality and the information detailed. Walking through the observation trenches in the hillside presented us with closeup viewing of 2...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the half day Wildlife trip on a cold, showery Dunedin day but were assured by all the staff that those are the best days for seeing wildlife and they were so right. We saw 2 pods of orcas which was just amazing...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in Dunedin for 5 days for a work related conference and had very little time off. For Saturday morning, my very last day, I decided to book a cruise with Monarch Wildlife Cruises in order to see the majestic Northen Royal Albatross. It...More

Thank Isabel M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great commentary from both the skipper and the first mate! Both very knowledgeable. It was great to have coats and binoculars included. We saw three different varieties of Albatross, fur seals, sea lions and even a cute little blue penguin! Great day and a small...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had an amazing hour aboard the Monarch on the wildlife tour, highlight would have to be the many albatross gliding overhead but totally enjoyed the whole experience

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked this tour as recommended by a friend who lives in Dunedin and we were not disappointed. We started our afternoon with a lovely drive along the Otago Peninsula. As we were the only two in our groups, we had a great time with...More

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Mahima A
1 March 2018|
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Response from Judith P | Reviewed this property |
Sorry only saw this after your date to go. For a person with back problems it should be OK. You would need to keep a tight hold of a toddler
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Sue G
3 February 2017|
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Response from Patrick N | Reviewed this property |
Yes it should do, as the trip lasts an hour. Staff are very knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
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feldene
12 January 2016|
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Response from MonarchWildlife | Property representative |
Hi Feldene, I believe I have answered your other question - which covers this one. Kind regards, Chris Monarch Wildlife Cruises
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