Nice and friendly staff on a one hour boat trip around Otago Peninsula. Saw lots of Albatross and seals.
Good activity with kids. Very interesting and the best way to see all the amazing wildlife. Friendly crew.
This was a fabulous tour (T3) which enabled us to pack a lot of wildlife viewing into one day. The staff were friendly and knowledgable and ensured that my husband got his binoculars back after leaving them in the minibus. The driver stopped at viewpoints to enable us to take photos and gave clear instructions of when to be where for collection for transport to the next location. We were able to get close to the albatrosses and penguins and lots of information was given about them. The boat trip enabled us to get good views of the seabirds and seals. The little snack pies on the trip back to base were unexpected and very tasty. I have already recommended Monach to other people we met on our holiday.
Nice, affordable cruise passed seals, different species of birds and if you are lucky albatross and dolphins, with professional explanation from the guide.
A shorter boat trip, was really worth the money. nice and very informed guiding, well organised and equipped.
Start from Otago Peninsula. Team knows a lot and very good in spotting animals. Prepare everything - warm clothes (jacket as well as binoculars).
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One of the real highlights of our 6+ weeks. The Northern Royal Albatross in flight near the point would have been worth it. To then see also Whitecapped and Bullers followed up by some Hectors Dolphins made it "Sweet As".
Well worth the drive to landing stage and boat captain kept us all interested. Heavily reliant on the wildlife playing their part but if you are lucky it is a fun trip.
Okay but rather pricey for a 60 minute trip.
See what cannot be seen from land.
Great guides, saw seals and albatross etc.
Initially, I thought the $89.00 cost was somewhat expensive, but once I was aboard and on my way - albeit I was the only passenger for the first part of the journey, I began to appreciate my new surroundings. A neat little wooden [former] fishing vessel, the MV Monarch was the ideal boat to undertake this particular harbour trip. Detailed information was offered by Ed' and the [lady] skipper about Otago Harbour and the surrounding countryside. The biting wind was largely neutralised by complimentary padded wind-breakers and the sights magnified by binoculars. Once Taiaroa Heads was insight the magnificent albatrosses came into view. And, not just the everyday variety but, according to Ed' and the skipper, species not regularly observed, along with numerous other bird-life that delighted in skimming the surface and flying alongside. Hundreds of birds rest and nest on the Heads with barking seals sunning themselves on the rocks below. For a landlubber like myself it was quite an emotional reckoning to see such special wildlife living their lives in natural and secure surroundings and being taken care of by caring and responsible people such as those who operate the MV Monarch, My return boat journey concluded at Wellers Rock from where I was driven back to the city which permitted magnificent views of the Otago Peninsula and Dunedin City itself.
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A dull wet day brought alive by the trip to see albatross, dolphin and other wildlife.
Well informed and helpful crew made it such a worthwhile time.
Seen Yellow Eyed Penguins, Royal Albatross and seals.
An unplanned trip but one I was very glad to have made. The boat was fine and it was really good to have the jackets and binoculars. Most important the captain and crew (I think it was Nigel and Craig - apologies if names wrong) were both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about all the wildlife and went out of their way to get the boat to where we would see the most. We saw the nesting great albatross from a distance but lots of other albatross and other birds out at sea and also a spread of krill which was attracting the birds. We saw the spoonbills nesting and great groups of seals and had excellent explanations about behaviours - the beach masters and so on. All in all an excellent trip and good value.
I did this trip in the rain in 1997 and again in sunshine (and quite a swell) this month. We had wonderful views of the albatrosses, seals and other wildlife and of the beautiful Otago Harbour and Peninsula. And for a flatlander from Western Australia it was great to see the peninsula with a local expert driving on those steep winding roads. Highly recommended.
I joined the first morning cruise on 11th December when we saw plenty of interesting wildlife, including nesting albatross, but none in flight. For this reason, a free repeat cruise was offered which I took at 3:15 p.m. What a treat! Another dream came true, when the Skipper spotted a fishing trawler surrounded by pelagic birds. There, at last, I saw my first Buller's Mollymawk. Many thanks for adding to such a fantastic tour of New Zealand. Wendy, USA
It was recommended by a colleague and we are glad to have gone. This boat trip around Tairoa head was excellent value with knowledgeable commentary about the birds, seals etc....
Monarch’s ‘tour 3 full day Otago peninsula package from Dunedin’ was a great and economical way to see some of the region’s natural treasures. Ample time was spent at each of the three destinations and very scenic routes were taken to get to these destinations. Got to sea plenty of wildlife, including the albatross and yellow eyed penguins, despite it being towards the end of the viewing/fledgling season (March). Having a different guide/driver for each leg of the journey was entertaining and all were very friendly and knowledgeable – there was no scripted relentless twaddle which many tour guides robotically deliver. Monarch’s customer service in booking this trip was fantastic, as was the pre- and post tour hotel pick up and drop off service.
Fantastic cruise, saw penguins, albatross, seals up close, staff great
Cruise from Dunedin. Pickup from campsite. V.good knowledge of the boat crew re birds, local history etc. Good tour of yellow eyed penquin colony organised as part of tour.
1 1/4 hr trip of Otago Peninsular. $45 each. Boat took us out to Pacific Ocean, saw seals,penquins,albatrosses,many sea birds. Brilliant. Captain & Crew excellent.
A great afternoon on the water! If you love albatross, this is for you. Didn't see any penguins or dolphins on my trip, but it's nature, so what can you do. Every trip is different.
Wildlife cruise, Otago Peninsula.
Very friendly staff, very enthusiastic about the wildlife, good with kids.
Excellent Commentarty - but not clear enough sighting of Albatross in flight.
Very interesting - staff tried hard to find flying Albatross.
Boat trip to Otago-peninsula. Not bad, the Albatross were fantasic. Expensive.
Very imformative quide.
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Very small group on the boat. A little more time to watch the seals would have been nice.
Our tour party had not planned a trip but enough of us rebelled for our coach driver to contact the staff at Monarch. Our time was very limited but their minibus met us as we arrived in Dunedin and took us straight to meet a special boat trip scheduled at short notice just for us and then returned us in good time to our group. The trip was excellent and allowed good sightings of all the special birds of the area with wonderful albatross displays. (March 2005 visit)
It was really good, we saw little blue Penguins, Seals, sealions, Shags and nesting Albatross. During the first trip, we saw no Albatross flying so we could do a second trip for free. Then we saw a flying Albatross and dolphins. The crew was very friendly and explained a lot
Really good tour with nice people on board the boat. You get information not only on the albatross but on Dunedin and birdlife around the Otago Peninsular as well.
had a great cruise, it is a beautiful country
Fantastic day out on the habour! The best way to view all the wonderful wildlife in Otago. The crew were really friendly and made the day really enjoyable. Would love to go again!
We had a fabulous day, thanks! It was awesome to be shown around by people who really know what they're on about, and who love sharing such an amazing place. Definitely worth a trip!
Rob and Dorothy
Very knowledgable crew. 2nd trip for free if you don't see an albatros fly
Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours responds:
Dune Rider has since been sold and is now under new management. We have listened to previous feedback and look forward to showing you this wonderful part of NZ with a high level of safety an customer care.