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Wildlife Cruise and Scenic Bus Tour with Penguins - Option 2


Tour Timetable:

Adults: $160
Children: $85 (5-14yrs)

Departs: 10:30am
Returns: 3:30pm 

You are required to take a shuttle from your ship at Port Chalmers
to the city of Dunedin.

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Wildlife Cruise & Scenic Bus Tour with Penguins




Designed for cruise ship passengers arriving in Dunedin with busy time schedules.


10.30am pick up from the Dunedin city iSite

shuttles run frequently from your ship at Port Chalmers to Dunedin



Hear stories of sea creatures and early settlers as you bus along the scenic Otago Peninsula.

Join us aboard mv Monarch for an invigorating trip around spectacular Taiaroa Head. You will see the world’s only mainland nesting place of albatross. You may be lucky enough to see the Northern Royals soaring and banking on three metre wings.

NZ Furseals breed, fight and play on the rocks, and the impressive NZ Sealions are returning to the sandy beaches.
Out at sea you can spot rarely seen ocean birds including other albatross species and petrels, and you may see penguins, dolphins and other marine mammals.

Following the Wildlife Cruise we take you up to Penguin Place the conservation reserve.

Discover why beautiful, quirky Yellow Eyed Penguins are the most endangered in the world, found only on the South East Coast of New Zealand. 

A short bus ride over the farm takes small groups to the reserve, where your guide will lead you on foot through unique covered trenches into viewing hides. These allow close viewing and photography of the breeding behaviour and chicks of this shy penguin. Our bus will bring you back to the city along the beautiful Otago Peninsula.

Medium fitness required on this tour.



What else you should know?

  • Windy cool “bad weather” is actually great weather for watching albatross soaring.
  • Warm jackets are provided and the aft deck is enclosed and heated.
  • Binoculars, commentary, and multi language information sheets are provided.
  • Souvenirs and refreshments can be bought from our fully licensed galley.
  • Most tours are suitable for people with limited mobility, but general fitness and walking shoes advised for Penguin Place 1½ hr guided tour.
  • Child price applies from 5 to 15 years.

For more information visit our FAQ page.