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KIA ORA, WELCOME TO Ōtepoti
THE NATURE CAPITAL OF NEW ZEALAND
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haere mai - bienvenue - huānyíng - WILLKOMEN - BIENVENIDO


Welcome to Dunedin (Ōtepoti). We are a ‘small’, multi-cultural city, brimming with history and friendly people (approx. 120,000).


The area has been inhabited since the 16th century, originally by different groups of Maori. The first Europeans, including Lieutenant James Cook sailed by in 1770. He noted an abundance of seals and penguins in the area. The city of Dunedin was formally founded by the Free Church of Scotland in 1848.

A goldrush began in the 1860’s and brought wealth and growth to the ‘Edinburgh of the South’. It soon became an important port of call
for merchant ships and Antarctic exploration teams. These day’s the city is now best known for education and tourism.

We highly recommend allowing yourself time to explore the central city, it’s very accessible for both vehicles and pedestrians. You won’t need to travel far to see historic buildings, incredible street art and museums. Visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out; the restaurant/cafe/brewery scene is thriving and exciting new food trucks are popping up everywhere. For more ideas click here.


A short drive from the city and you’re on the wild and rugged Otago Peninsula, home to some of the rarest wildlife in the world.
Let our expert team show you the highlights, we have special access to locations, animals and experiences that other operators can’t match.

We are proud to be the one-stop shop for all your Otago Peninsula tour needs. The one hour Monarch Wildlife Cruise is featured in every tour we offer.
These tours include visits to other great locations like the Royal Albatross Centre, Penguin Place, Larnach Castle & Blue Penguins Pukekura!


 
 

WE CAN SHOW YOU:
Northern Royal Albatross - NZ Furseals - Blue Penguins - Yellow-eyed Penguins - other Albatross & Seabird species

WE OCCASIONALLY SPOT:
NZ Sealions - Dusky Dolphins - Hectors Dolphins


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WILDLIFE CRUISES &
SELF-DRIVE COMBOS

Do you have your own vehicle?

Drive yourself out to Wellers Rock Wharf and join one of our daily, short one hour cruises.

Don’t stress if you don’t have transport, all half & full day tour options include a Wildlife Cruise.


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HALF DAY tours &
PREMIUM FULL DAY TOURS

Departing daily, guided by expert locals.

Staying in a hotel, motel or backpackers?
We can pick you up from city locations.
Please request when booking your tour.

Scroll down for more tour info!


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CRUISE SHIP
PASSENGER TOURS

If you’re coming to Dunedin aboard a cruise ship then check out our special tour options, designed to suit your time constraints.

We will pick you up from the ship!

Click here for more info



SUMMER SEASON:

1 October - 
6 April

WINTER SEASON:

7 APRIL -
30 SEPTEMBER

Wildlife viewing is great all year round on the Otago Peninsula.

Don’t be worried about cold weather!
We find the ocean to be smoother in a cool, brisk southerly wind which is great for cruising and the albatross are generally more active!

We also supply complimentary, extra warm jackets if you need them.


 


Half DAY TOURS

Departing daily from Dunedin - complimentary accommodation transfers are available upon request.
Take the stress out of exploring the Otago Peninsula, our expert guides offer an interactive commentary as you absorb the wonderful local scenery.


 
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T2 TOUR

Otago PENINSULA
WILDLIFE TOUR

Otago Harbour Cruise + Wildlife Cruise + Scenic Bus Tour


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T2P TOUR

WILDLIFE TOUR
+ Penguin Place

Harbour Cruise + Wildlife Cruise + Bus Tour + Penguin Place Tour


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2L TOUR

 LARNACH CASTLE +
WILDLIFE CRUISE

Otago Harbour Cruise + Wildlife Cruise
+ Scenic Bus Tour + Larnach Castle Tour

2LP TOUR

CASTLE + CRUISE
+ YEllow-eyed Penguin tour

Wildlife Cruise + Scenic Bus Tour
+ Larnach Castle Tour + Penguin Place Tour

 


 FULL DAY
PREMIUM TOURS

Maximise your exploration of the Otago Peninsula with a FULL day of adventure!
Our guides will show you all of the great highlights that this region has to offer - complimentary accomodation pickups available.


 
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T3 TOUR

OTAGO PENINSULA PREMIER TOUR

$257 p/child | $125 p/child

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T3L TOUR

PREMIER TOUR + LARNACH CASTLE

$298 p/adult | $125 p/child

 
 
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SUNDOWNER

BLUE PENGUIN TOUR PACKAGE

$254 p/adult | $183 p/child


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CONTACT US:

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EMAIL:
monarch@wildlife.co.nz

POSTAL ADDRESS: 
PO BOX 383, Dunedin, 9054

PHONE:
+64 3 477 4276

FREECALL (NZ):
0800 666 272

 

OUR LOCATIONS:

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We have two locations from which tours depart & where tickets can be purchased - Dunedin City Office and Wellers Rock Wharf.

If you need the assistance of our reservation team we recommend contacting our Dunedin City Office (ph: 0800 666 272).
All half-day and premium tours depart from this location. Free, all-day carparks are available.

Our Wellers Rock Wharf office is a small boatshed located just before Harington Point on the Otago Peninsula. It’s from here our Wildlife Cruises & combo options depart each day. This location only opens during the summer months. It takes approximately 45-60 minutes to drive out from the city along the Otago Peninsula. To avoid any disappointment we recommend that you call ahead to secure your booking before driving out.


 

Dunedin City office

20 Fryatt Street, Dunedin, New Zealand, 9016

  • All General Enquiries

  • Bookings

  • Departure point for half/full day tours

  • Carparks available

Open all year round - 9:00am till 4:30pm daily.


WELLERS ROCK WHARF

813 Harington Point Road, Otakou, Dunedin, 9077

  • Departure point for Wildlife Cruises & Combos

  • Bookings

  • Souvenirs

  • Carparks available

Open 1 OCT to 14 APR - 9:45am till 5:00pm daily.