Monarch Cruises - 1 Hour Wildlife Cruise

Join our friendly local experts aboard our classic vessel the Monarch for a truly enchanting wildlife cruise.

Highlights

  • Journey around the spectacular Taiaroa Head – the worlds only mainland nesting place of albatross.
  • Discover the three metre winged Northern Royals that often soar around or above the boat
  • Watch our native furseals play on the rocks and sometimes see New Zealand Sealions basking on the beach
  • Catch a glimpse of the dolphins and other marine mammals that frequent this beautiful part of New Zealand

The Otago Peninsula is home to a wonderful array of wildlife including marine mammals, albatrosses, penguins and other ocean birds. This fascinating cruise will take you on a journey around the spectacular Taiaroa Head – the worlds only mainland nesting place of albatross. Enjoy watching our native furseals play on the rocks and sometimes see New Zealand sealions basking on the white sandy beaches.

If you are lucky enough, you may even catch a glimpse of the dolphins and other marine mammals that frequent this beautiful part of New Zealand. So come along and enjoy New Zealand’s great outdoors with the highly acclaimed Monarch Cruises and Tours!

Departures: From Wellers Rock on the Otago Peninsula, approximately 45min drive from Dunedin

Check in: Please check in at Weller’s Rock boatshed office ten minutes before departure.

Adult $57.00 (16+)
Child $22.00 (5-15yrs)

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Child price applies to ages 5 to 15 years.

    Infants under 5 years are free.

    Please Note: This experience is closed 1 June to 21 July 2021 for maintenance.

Available Bookings from October 02 to October 08

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  • Adult$31.35 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$22.00

  • Adult$57.00
  • Child$22.00

  • Adult$45.60
  • Child$22.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Nikiwe Arthur from United Kingdom wrote on 19 March 2021

Wonderful experience!

From start to finish the Monarch Cruise was amazing! Binoculars and big warm coats were available as soon as we boarded. Both members of the team were so informative, pointing out wildlife and making sure everyone had a good view and knew where to look. The commentary was well done and we were lucky to see a selection of birds and a few seals. Watching the albatross gliding around was wonderful. The hour flew by - I would gladly do it again!

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Adisa Willmer from Australia wrote on 05 March 2020

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Wonderful crew especially captain Buddy who was eloquent and very knowledgeable about the nautical world, geology formations, albatross and seal behavior. I highly recommend this hour out to sea and back. Well worth the money.

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Victoria Jones from New Zealand wrote on 24 July 2021

Great Experience

We booked this trip not knowing too much about it and were utterly delighted with it. We were provided with ample oppotunities to view lots of wildlife and were given excellent accompanying information to go alongside. It was a well priced trip which we would recommend to both families and individuals interested in marine life.

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deboraha2 from New Zealand wrote on 01 August 2021

Pretty rough sailing

Pretty rough sailing and some not so well people on board. Not the tour operators fault at all but not a lot of wild life to see. Thought they were trying to fill in time as due to the weather we couldnt get out far. Both staff on board were great - lovely soothing voice of the guide and Buddy was a great spotter of birds. Rating def not reflective of them.

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Charlotte from New Zealand wrote on 11 July 2021

Energising experience

Really enjoyed this incredible experience. Such friendly hosts doing their best during covid times. Thanks for sharing this experience with us.

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