New Zealand

Monarch Wildlife Cruises

Location:Dunedin & Coastal Otago

Wildlife Cruise from Wellers Rock - Tour 1

  • Departs: Summer (Oct-Apr): 10.30am, 11.30am , 1.30pm, 3.00pm, 4.30pm
  • Departs: Winter (Apr -Sep)   : 2.30pm
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Self Drive - 45 minutes from Dunedin City

           (April dates can vary)

Cruise the beautiful and rugged coastline of the Otago Harbour and receive a full commentary about the local wildife, history and geography.

See uninterrupted views fo the world's only mainland colony of royal albatross. You may also see dolphins, penguins sea lions and a fascinating array of rarely seen ocean birds.

Multi- language info sheets and complimentary warm jackets and binoculars provided.

 

Otago Peninsula Wildlife Tour - Tour 2

  • Departs: Summer (Oct-Apr): 8.30am (cruise out, bus return)
  • Departs: Summer (Oct-Apr) 3.30pm (bus out, cruise return)
  • Departs: Winter: (Apr-Sep) 1.00pm (cruise both ways)\
  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Complimentary pick up from central Dunedin accommodation

           (April dates can vary)

Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour, passing by the historic fishing village of Careys Bay and the working port of Port Chalmers. 

Continue your tour to the tip of the Otago Peninsula for the One Hour Wildlife Cruise. Enjoy unrivalled wildlife viewing. See what cannot be seen from land: Albatross, New Zealand Fur Seals and up to 20 species of bird and marine life in their undisturbed and otherwise inaccessible environment. Learn the fascinating history and geology of the area.

Take a scenic drive along the Otago Peninsula, enjoying spectacular harbour and ocean views

 

...with Penguins - Tour 2P

Add a guided tour of the Yellow Eyed Penguin Reserve to see the rarest penguin in the world found only on the south east coast of New Zealand. A short bus trip over the farm takes the small groups to the reserve. While in the reserve your guide will lead you on foot through a unique system of covered trenches into viewing hides. Allowing access to the living areas and breeding grounds of this shy penguin, which provides the opportunity to witness and photograph undisturbed activity at close range.

Morning tour availability depends on a successful penguin breeding season - the afternoon tour is recommended.

Otago Peninsula Premier Tour - Tour 3

  • Departs: 10.30am
  • Duration Summer (Oct-Apr)  8.5 hours 
  • Duration: Winter (Apr-Sep) 7.5 hours
  • Complimentary pick up from central Dunedin accommodation

Travel by road along the scenic Otago Peninsula, seeing various species of wading birds in their natural habitats.

Take a guided tour at the Royal Albatross Centre, viewing the majestic Royal Albatross from an observatory in their natural environment. Time to purchase lunch at the Royal Albatross Café (own cost).

A rare chance on a guided walking tour at Penguin Place to see and learn about the Yellow Eyed Penguin, the most endangered in the world, found only on the south east coast of New Zealand. A short bus trip over the farm takes the small groups to the reserve. While in the reserve your guide will lead you through a unique system of covered trenches into viewing hides; allowing access to the living areas and breeding grounds of this shy penguin. You will have the opportu nity to witness and photograph undisturbed activity at close range! 

Continue your tour to the tip of the Otago Peninsula for the One Hour Wildlife Cruise aboard the M.V.Monarch. Enjoy unrivalled wildlife viewing. See what cannot be seen from the land: Albatross, New Zealand Fur Seals and up to 20 species of bird and marine life in their undisturbed and otherwise inaccessible environment. Learn the fascinating history and geology of the area.

Cruise the length of the beautiful Otago Harbour, passing by the historic fishing village of Careys Bay and the working port of Port Chalmers (Harbour Cruise in Summer only).

 

...with Larnach Castle - Tour 3L

  • Departs:  9.00am
  • Duration Summer (Oct-Apr) 10 hours
  • Duration: Winter (Apr-Sep) 9 hours
  • Complimentary pick up from central Dunedin accommodation

Travel by road along the scenic Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle. Journey back in time with our guide, for a tour of New Zealand’s only castle built in 1871. Learn the scandalous, exciting and tragic history of Larnach Castle and why William Larnach took his own life with a single shot to the head. See the magnificent carved ceilings, antiques and craftsmanship. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens of international significance and breathtaking views.   See the magnificent carved ceilings, antiques and craftsmanship. Enjoy the beauty of the gardens of international significance and breathtaking views.

Tour continues as Otago Peninsula Wildlife Package - Tour 3

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