Otago Harbor Wildlife Cruise

Terrific Outing
December 09, 2023
This was a wonderful morning on the water. We really enjoyed the beautiful scenery as well as the seeing many seals and sea lions and a number of types of birds. The highlight though was the rare opportunity to see several species of albatross. Our guide and the captain both shared a wealth of information on the area and wildlife.
Reviewer: Betty O'Neill
5 Stars
Exactly what we hoped for!
November 18, 2023
This tour was very well done. It was a great opportunity do see the beauty of Otago Harbour and Taiaroa Head, and many species of birds. We also saw quite a few fur seals and sea lions, but the highlight was definitely seeing not one, but several species of albatross. Our guide and the captain were both friendly and very knowledgeable. We learned a great deal about history as well as about wildlife. I definitely recommend this tour.
Reviewer: Betty O'Neill
5 Stars
Otago Harbor Wildlife Cruise and Dunedin Highlight
February 16, 2020
This was a delightful cruise to see seals, penguins and other fish in the sea. The captain was a delight, as was his driver, with both having vast very knowledge of the area. After the cruise they drove us into Dunedin where we had time to explore before returning to our cruise ship.
Reviewer: Julie Jacobson
5 Stars
Brilliant Wildlife Cruise
February 10, 2020
Everything about this tour was outstanding. Most of the target species of wildlife even co-operated!
Reviewer: Peter Mack-Heaven
5 Stars
Iris Panasiuk
February 08, 2020
Our first tour off the ship. Onto a smaller vessel!! A bit confusing as ship was late getting docked. waited awhile for the tour guide, she took us to the dock where the boat was and we were greeted by a tour guide and boat driver. They did not give us life jackets or told us where they were. They had NO bottle water for us, my daughter said the water tap water was very salty and not cold. She didn't drink it. We boated over to another dock where they picked up more passengers as we were just 4. The tour was amazing to see the wild life in their natural habitats. The highlight of the trip was the Albatross...up close a personal. We saw many other types of wild life, a great tour to recommend. Note water and life jackets are a must.
Reviewer: Iris Panasiuk
4 Stars
Interesting and Informative
January 26, 2020
The harbor cruise was quite interesting as we saw a good number of birds, including albatross, seals and sheep at a distance, of course. Our guide was knowledgeable and was able to answer numerous questions from those on the tour. The water was quite rough but the captain was skilled in getting us close to birds sitting on the water but avoiding the rocks nearby. The journey back to Dunedin by way of the narrow mountain-top road was very interesting and our views of the harbor and ocean on the other side quite beautiful. Our driver/guide was difficult to hear and understand, and his efforts to increase the volume the system unsuccessful. We fortunately had a nice day, which started out cold and rainy but gradually improved. We were dropped off in town and walked to the train station and were serenaded there by a musician playing her bagpipe.
Reviewer: Sandra
4 Stars
Tour Guide Goes Above & Beyond Expected
December 20, 2019
Seeing the Great Southern Albatross was a highlight for me. It was one huge bird! The train station in Dunedin was unbelievable, the architecture is beautiful. Our tour guide gave us a tour that was way more than what was advertised. Thank You
Reviewer: Don Smith
5 Stars
Loved the Albatross!
November 09, 2019
Our wildlife cruise was wonderful! It was a cold windy day when we went out and the boat crew provided us with hot drinks and big warm coats. We spent a good amount of time near the albatross breeding grounds and the crew was so friendly and informative as we learned about these amazing birds and sea lions. We loved it!
Reviewer: Amy Grandelli
5 Stars
March 26, 2019
We had a great time on this excursion as there were only 10 people so the guide had time to spend explaining the wildlife. The captain was also willing to give pertinent information. We saw some rare wildlife. After the cruise we traveled by minibus back to Dunedin and saw some great views.
Reviewer: Diane Aitkin
5 Stars
Cruise and country
March 23, 2019
Very much enjoyed the education given about the history of the area. Every opportunity was given to ask questions and to take photos. . Guides were kind,considerate and courteous. The cuppa on board was just perfect too.
Reviewer: Noela Relph
5 Stars
A fun boat ride
March 19, 2018
Sailed Otago Harbor and saw everything that it had to offer. The boat was comfortable and the guide very knowledgeable.
Reviewer: Alan Steinharter
5 Stars
great wildlife viewing and a beautiful drive
March 05, 2018
Very nice tour operators (two boats and a mini bus). Everything ran on time and operator on wildlife viewing (Monarch cruises) made extra effort to give us as many opportunities as possible to see the wonderful birds and animals.
Reviewer: Peg Martin
4 Stars
Our Favorite Tour In New Zealand
February 27, 2017
A wonderful boat tour in the bay by Dunedin. There were only six of us on this small group tour on a great smaller boat. The two person crew was outstanding! Thanks!
Reviewer: Rod Berlin
5 Stars