Monarch Cruises - 1 Hour Wildlife Cruise

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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 sea lions 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!

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

Location

  • Wellers Rock on the Otago Peninsula, approximately 45min drive from Dunedin

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

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

    Check in: Please check in at Wellers Rock boatshed office ten minutes before departure.

  • Child price applies to ages 5 to 15 years old.

    Infants under 5 years are free.

Available Bookings from 16 Aug to 22 Aug 2022

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Tue 16 Aug
Wed 17 Aug
Thu 18 Aug
Fri 19 Aug
Sat 20 Aug
Sun 21 Aug
Mon 22 Aug

  • Adult$31.35
  • Child$22.00

  • Adult$31.35
  • Child$22.00

  • Adult$45.60
  • Child$22.00

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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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warrenk from New Zealand wrote on 30 December 2021

Wonderful trip

The crew were so helpful and knowledgeable. On a calm grey evening cruise we still saw heaps of wildlife. We would love to do again when more of the big birds are expected to be returning from their long flights. Wonderful trip.

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From Monarch Cruises - 1 Hour Wildlife Cruise

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience! The Monarch team love taking guests out on the MV Monarch to introduce our guests to the local wildlife. Of course, being wildlife, activityt is different every day and with different conditions. We look forward to seeing you aboard again in the future - maybe on a day with a strong southerly wind! Ngā mihi, Caitlin Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours

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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Kim D. from Germany wrote on 23 November 2017

Meh...

It was pretty boring to be honest. We saw lots of birds, of course some Albatrosses. And the tour itself is very well made. Great commentary that is understandable even of you're not a native speaker. You get jackets so you're not cold and binoculars to watch the birds. But overall I thought it was incredibly boring. Wouldn't recommend if you're not a bird person.

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Ainsley from New Zealand wrote on 22 January 2022

Well worth it

This was an awesome experience. Up close to seals, sea lions, albatross and other bird life. Couldn’t fault it.

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From Monarch Cruises - 1 Hour Wildlife Cruise

Kia ora, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience! The Monarch team love introducing the local wildlife to our guests. Dunedin is considered the wildlife capital of Aotearoa New Zealand, and there is always so much to see! We look forward to seeing you aboard again in the future! Ngā mihi, Caitlin Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours

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