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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours

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Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
+64 3-477 4276
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Wonderful experience.

4 hours of enjoyable harbour cruising with excellent and highly interesting commentary along the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
DKnelson2018
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Nelson, New Zealand
HARBOUR CRUISE

We arrived in Dunedin on board a cruise ship and took this harbour cruise which left the jetty... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
AGEDNOMAD
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Hermanus, South Africa
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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 Northern Royal Albatross, Yellow-Eyed Penguins, Little Blue Penguins, furseals, sealions, and many other birds and mammals.Cruising on the MV Monarch is a great way to see them.
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Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

4 hours of enjoyable harbour cruising with excellent and highly interesting commentary along the way, history, natural history, geography and more. Plenty of wildlife to see also. really hospitable & knowledgeable hosts in Buddy & Aaron; thanks guys. A most enjoyable afternoon.

Thank DKnelson2018
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We arrived in Dunedin on board a cruise ship and took this harbour cruise which left the jetty close to where our ship was moored. The cruise was on a small boat out to the entrance to the harbour to view albatross nests (with young...More

Thank AGEDNOMAD
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While in Dunedin we went to the isite to book a tour of the Larnach castle. Since we were on foot, she recommended Monarch tours. Then we were upsold to the wildlife cruise, and then they totally hooked us when they said penguins. The gentleman...More

Thank Kenneth O
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the 60 minute cruise and highly recommend. It is a small boat so not too many people. We saw cormorants, seals, seal pups, albatrosses, and other sea birds. Binoculars and warm coats are provided. Commentary was excellent and the staff were friendly and circled...More

Thank Kay C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I loved this cruise. We were lucky enough to have the most beautiful weather and also an albatross on board! The albatross had crash landed, wss rescued, rested and was being released. Buddy's commentary was excellent, very informative and he pointed out...More

Thank ering450
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a 4hour cruise from Dunedin.it was well organised, staff were friendly and attentive. Commentary very helpful.Saw some wildlife during the cruise. Although the weather was cold and wet waterproof jackets hotdrinks and a well placed heater kept us warm. Well recommended.🖒🖒

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

Our tour guide Bruce was amazing. Really knowledgeable and looked after his charges well. Lovely guy

Thank MarkandCherie H
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

We were driving passed the wharf as the boat pulled in and decided to stop. Am so glad we did because the hour long trip to see the albatross was magical. We were lucky to have great weather, calm seas and only a score of...More

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Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

Spur of the moment decision. Saw more birds than expected. Great skipper and crew. Suggest choose your day weather wise!

Thank Tim B
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Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

Rob picked me up right on time and took me to my destinations, all while giving me lots of local information about what we saw along the way. He stopped over to let me take pictures and even guided me on one stop. If you...More

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