Otago Wildlife Cruise

Otago Wildlife Cruise

2.5 hours | Dunedin (Port Chalmers) | P C 3 - 2 4 5
Average Guest Rating
$ 114.95
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Points of Interest

  • Otago Harbour & Peninsula
Easy activity

Be sure to read the Special Notes further down this page for important requirements and restriction.

Otago Peninsula is one of the South Island's most significant wildlife areas and boasts an untamed landscape. Experience its beauty during a leisurely cruise around Otago Harbour. From the pier, it's just a short coach ride to the MV Monarch, a nimble sightseeing vessel that cruises from picturesque Port Chalmers along the Otago Peninsula, rich in geological and historical significance. The vessel cruises to Taiaroa Head, named after a Maori chieftain and home to an old coastal fort and a colony of royal albatross. Enjoy onboard commentary that focuses on the history of the cape with its 1860s lighthouse, 100-year-old fort and unique albatross-breeding colony, now a protected nature reserve that is home to around 140 birds. You'll also be on the lookout for blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals, and Hooker's sea lions. Enjoy a beverage and wildlife information sheets that you can take home as a memento.

Special Notes:

Dress appropriately; wear low-heeled, rubber-soled shoes, and warm clothing. Limited binoculars are provided on a share basis; bring along your binoculars to enhance your views.

You will be transferred by coach to your vessel. There are several steps lead into the boat.

This tour is not suitable for wheelchair passengers.


Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Depart ship for short shuttle transfer to vessel

Travel time: 00:15
Inside visit: Yes
Air conditioned: No
Walking distance: 300
Restroom available: Yes

Scenic cruise viewing Otago Harbour, Taiaroa Head, and the Royal Albatross Colony

Time at site: 02:00

Reboard shuttle transfer to port

Travel time: 00:15