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Monarch Wildlife Cruise And Tours

Otago Peninsula Wildlife Cruise

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  • 60 minute cruise on the Otago Peninsula
  • View the rich in diverse marine life
  • Encounter New Zealand's southern ocean birds
  • View the breathtaking and rugged coastline
  • Comfortable and warm vessel
  • Binoculars & commentary provided on cruise
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Discover New Zealand’s Otago Peninsula- just 1 hour’s drive from Dunedin- on this 60 minute wildlife cruise. The region is rich in diverse marine life and you will get to witness these marine mammals up close in their natural environment. Onboard the MV Monarch, passengers will delight in viewing Albatross in the world’s ONLY mainland nesting place. Other common marine life that you will see are the NZ Furseals fighting and playing on the rocks and the NZ Sealions returning to the beaches. While onboard listen to interesting commentary about the wildlife, history and geology of the region. This tour is part scenic cruise and part wildlife cruise as you take in the sights of the Otago coastline on the way out to sea. Cruises depart daily from Wellers Rock Wharf, Otago Peninsula with additional cruises available in the summer season.


  • A 60 minute wildlife cruise departing from Dunedin, discover the rugged coastline, rolling farmland and quaint townships of the region with commentary on the passing scenes and wildlife
  • Warm jackets are provided and the aft deck is enclosed and heated


  • Cruise the Otago Harbour and encounter New Zealand's southern ocean marine and bird life
  • Keep an eye on sky as the Northern Royal Albatross maybe soaring above returning to their mainland nesting ground. The world's only mainland nesting grounds for the Albatross
  • Watch the native Fur Seal fight and play on the rocks around their breeding rookeries and witness the endangered native Sea Lions returning to the sandy beaches
  • Out towards the open sea you may spot you may see penguins, dolphins and other marine mammals
  • View the breathtaking and rugged coastline close to the entrance of the Otago Harbour


  • Summer tours departs at 10.00am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.00pm, 4.30pm
  • Winter the tour departs at 2.30pm


  • 60 minutes


  • Departing from 20 Fryatt St, Dunedin

What To Bring

  • Please ensure to dress in accordance with the weather predication
  • A warm coat and sun protection is recommend

Additional Information

  • The tour is suitable for most people with limited mobility

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
Don't be put off by cold, damp or windy days as the wildlife love it. More activity is seen in the cool southerly winds. Jackets are provided and the heated enclosed aft deck will keep you warm.
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