MONARCH WILDLIFE CRUISES & TOURS
The classic ex-fishing boat Monarch has been taking guests on wonderful wildlife cruises for 30 years. You’ll see the massive, majestic northern royal albatrosses at Taiaroa Head - the only albatrosses nesting on a mainland anywhere in the world. At sea you spot other kinds of albatross plus other seabirds like giant petrels, sooty shearwaters and sometimes even tiny hector’s dolphins or playful dusky dolphins. NZ fur-seal pups play on the rocks under Taiaroa Head lighthouse and huge NZ sealion bulls sleep on sandy beaches. Three different cormorants nest here, and the harbour shallows feed royal spoonbills and godwits which migrate from the Arctic. Monarch skippers give excellent commentary, and guests are loaned big waterproof coats, binoculars, fact sheets in ten languages - and great service from the crew. You can choose a short wildlife cruise or longer tours combining with other peninsula attractions. It’s well worth making a big day out: Otago Peninsula and the harbour are beautiful, the coastline is spectacular and the southern ocean wildlife is unique.