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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

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  • Average1%
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“sea birds”(70 reviews)
“hour cruise”(27 reviews)
“boat trip”(46 reviews)
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...more
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Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
+64 3-477 4276
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 23 September 2014

I went on the Peninsula Wildife Cruise and think that this is a great way to get up close to albatross, penguins and fur seals in their natural habitat. We started from Dunedin and then picked up some more people in Portobello before going around...More

3  Thank tina141122
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 24 December 2011

i wanted to rate this tour highly, i really wanted to be wow'd and afterall it cost over $250 per person by it but at the end of the very long day i wished i did this differently. we did the 10hr day package that...More

5  Thank Denali68
MonarchWildlife, Manager at Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2012

Thank you for your comments. We endeavour to provide quality tours that are both enjoyable and meet customers expectations. We have noted your comments and have past your feedback onto the other operators we work with included in our full day packages. We are pleased...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really appreciate the tour, he rawe hei kitea nga kararehe me nga manu. Respect to the captain for a smooth sail also really good pronunciation with kupu Maori you guys are legends 🙂

Thank Departure09918783875
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went on a 1 hour trip. We drove and parked our car at the monarch office. We saw albatross, blue penguins, sea birds and even dolphins!! The captain was seriously knowledgable about all the different species and was so friendly!! It was a tad...More

Thank Exploration491723
Reviewed 1 week ago

Brilliant trip today and saw albatross seals petrels Royal Spoonbills and Variable Oystercatcher to name a few and I saw a dolphin. Commentary was very informative and drive back to Dunedin by coach along the Otago peninsula was beautiful despite the rain which had ceased...More

Thank Alexandra A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was amasing. One of the best trips I have ever done. The dolfins Swan with the boat. Look at my video. Thank you

Thank Pathfinder309968
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw albatrosses, penguins, dolphins and a sealion on this terrific cruise, with very informative commentary. Since we were on the last boat, we also got an extra hour's trip to the city wharf with complementary hot drinks

Thank Berwickyork
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great boat trip to view seals, albatross, various species of birds and fish. Great active narrative. Plenty of pictured to be taken. Binoculars and warm overcoat are included.

Thank Artieg419
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Informative talk by driver Dave on the way to Welllers Rock, followed by an enjoyable cruise to the heads on the Monarch. Skipper was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone got a good view of wildlife. Liked the personal touch with a friendly wave from...More

Thank Expedition828584
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I couldn't see anything that was from the front of the boat because everyone was standing up. They could have told people the sit down but they didn't. There was also a crew member who was blocking the the front right hand side. That made...More

Thank cloudfire181
MonarchWildlife, Owner at Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Sorry you had trouble Cloudfire. We couldn't identify any cruises around this time that were crowded and none when guests had alerted crew or skippers to any problem. It is our procedure on full trips to watch closely and help people who are having trouble....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I simply Googled things you could do in Dunedin. We chose the Wildlife Cruise from Waller’s Rock. We were so glad we did and thoroughly delighted with our choice. All manner of local and exotic bird life was brought to our attention...More

Thank Derek K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Driven to the cruise by Rob, who gave insightful commentary about Dunedin’s history along the way. The cruise was likewise enjoyable with exposure to both Albatross and other creatures in the area. This is a must do experience if you are in Dunedin.

1  Thank Niqgold
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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
Sue G
3 February 2017|
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Response from PatrickN225 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it should do, as the trip lasts an hour. Staff are very knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
12 January 2016|
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