Otago Harbour Wildlife Cruise

Travel the length of New Zealand’s most picturesque harbour learning about the harbour’s volcanic geology and its Maori and European history.

Otago Harbour Wildlife Cruise

Travel the length of New Zealand’s most picturesque harbour aboard the MV Monarch. Your skipper will take you past Careys Bay - a historic fishing village, the busy wharves of Port Chalmers and past the beautiful bays, hills, farmland and forest that surround the Otago Harbour. You’ll learn about the harbour’s volcanic geology and its Maori and European history. Take in the sights with a drink or snack from our fully licensed galley.

Continue on a fascinating Wildlife Cruise which travels around Taiaroa Head located at the entrance to the Otago Harbour. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the world’s only mainland nesting place of royal albatross. Watch as these huge birds glide in from the ocean and soar high above their hillside nest sites.

You'll be taken close to the base of dramatic volcanic cliffs with a historic lighthouse looking out from above. Below the cliffs you’ll watch as NZ fur seals play and swim around their breeding colonies. A short cruise out at sea and you can spot rarely seen ocean birds including other albatross species, cormorants and petrels. Occasionally we spot NZ sea lions, blue penguins, dusky & hectors dolphins and other marine mammals.

During the summer months this tour also includes a scenic bus tour one-way along the Otago Peninsula. Hear stories of sea creatures and early settlers as you travel past quaint little townships and rolling farmland. Keep an eye out your window for great views of the harbour and rugged coastline.
Tour Type: Activity
From: Dunedin to Dunedin
Departs: Daily
Duration: Allow 4 hours
Tour Code: DDUD03

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Dunedin

Tour Inclusions

  • Harbour cruise around Taiaroa Head & Otago Harbour

Pricing

Season Adult Child  
1 October 2020 - 30 September 2021 $99 NZD $40 NZD Enquire / Book
Departure: Tour departs at 3.30pm (summer) & 1.00pm (winter).

Children: Child age is 5 - 14 years.

Additional notes: During the summer months this tour also includes a scenic bus tour one-way along the Otago Peninsula.
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