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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.

Available Bookings from August 05 to August 11

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8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$31.35
  • Child$22.00

10spaces priced from:

  • 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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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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Andrea from New Zealand wrote on 08 December 2019

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A beautiful day and experience

It was an enjoyable hour on the peninsula with a knowledgeable tour guide and skipper. We even saw hector dolphins. Great for kids as not too long. Yay

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Robyn from United Kingdom wrote on 04 November 2019

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Great trip

Buddy and the team were really friendly and informative! We saw lots of animals including blue and yellow eyed penguins, Nz fur seals and albatross. Thanks!

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Sophie from New Zealand wrote on 19 July 2020

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A must do in Dunedin!

We had the best afternoon on the Monarch. It's always a better perspective when you see wildlife from the water. We had albatross soaring directly above us, dolphins swimming at the front of the boat and were eye level with baby seals on the rocks. Buddy had informative and interesting commentary and skippered the boat with ease, and the crew were very attentive and made sure everyone could see the wildlife. Thanks for a great excursion!

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Mary from Canada wrote on 16 March 2020

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Excellent

Friendly, knowledgeable and approachable guide. Great sightings. Small group. Binoculars and warm jackets provided.

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