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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

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Open Now: 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
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“warm coats”(35 reviews)
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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...more
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Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

After an hours journey in our car through many road works we arrived at the Monarch jetty at Wellers rock.. We boarded the boat for the trip out of Otago harbour. The Boats Captain Jurgen explained we would be able to view these magnificent birds...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank WallyowlOrpington
Reviewed yesterday

Monarch cruises turned on the sea life today. At least 4 Blue penguins were spotted before the ship had left the jetty. Then fur seals & a young sea lion played around our ship. The water was so clear we could see the yellow I.D....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Chris G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went to the office in Dunedin for our pick up and were given a short tour of Dunedin by Tom who was very informative. We were then taken to the boat to board. We had to pick up more people at two different venues...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ALH57
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went out on the smaller boat and we were thrilled to see the Albatross both flying and on the water, the boat took us close enough to the wildlife but I was very impressed by the knowledge of the guide and also the respectful...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Annarrol
Reviewed 6 days ago

We took the Monarch Wildlife Cruise, Scenic Bus Tour & Larnach Castle Tour while we were stopped in Dunedin with Celebrity Cruises. The tour went very smoothly with pick-up right from the terminal area as the ship stops at Port Chalmers rather than docking in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank OregonResident
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our ten hour Monarch wildlife tour focused on my main interest, wildlife, but we found the Larnach castle visit to be the absolutely fascinating, captivating highlight of the entire long day. The castle and gardens are magnificent with amazing use of the gorgeous native woods,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BigAdventurer
Reviewed 1 week ago

Got picked up from the hotel by Rob who took us a tour of the city before we got to the cruise in the harbour. Great details from Rob as we drove around. Next we went on the wild life cruise with Capt Jorden &...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jeff B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the Wildlife Cruise last week and the weather was perfect for us - but not perfect for the albatross to fly unfortunately! But this did not detract from our enjoyment of the trip because we saw furseals and blue penguins in the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank patm600
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty much guaranteed great encounters with wildlife and close enough for excellent shots. The castle tour was well paced, interesting and breathtaking. Wonderful staff who were enthusiastic and organised, in particular Jeff and Jack.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank harryg11495
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The really friendly & helpful crew gave a full commentary about the wildlife, history and geology as the boat explored the stunningly beautiful and rugged coastline close to the entrance of the Otago Harbour. We saw nesting Northern Royals and Fur Seals on the rocks,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Mahima A
1 March 2018|
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Response from judithp527 | 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