WILDLIFE CRUISE + BUS TOUR
+ PENGUIN PLACE
Adult: $164 | Child: $82 (5-14yrs) | Infant: $0 (0-4yrs)
10:00am from the ‘Private Tours Area’ in the cruise terminal
C/S OPTION 3:
OTAGO PENINSULA BUS TOUR:
Meet our guide in the terminal building at Port Chalmers. Enjoy a bus trip along the stunning Otago Peninsula. A full commentary will be provided as you journey out to meet our boat at Wellers Rock Wharf.
MONARCH WILDLIFE CRUISE:
Hop aboard our 60 minute Wildlife Cruise. Your skipper will take you to see the majestic royal albatross, who soar on massive three metre wingspans. Using our complimentary binoculars you’ll have uninterrupted views of their hillside nesting colony, the only mainland colony in the world! Large populations of NZ furseals call this area home and we frequently spot them in the water and on rocky outcrops close to the boat. Out at sea we spot a variety of different albatross and seabirds - sometimes we spot penguins, dolphins and other marine mammals.
PENGUIN PLACE TOUR:
After your cruise it’s then on to Penguin Place conservation reserve - home of the Yellow-eyed Penguin, the rarest of all penguin species. After a short interactive conversation about the reserve and the penguins you will be taken through the rehabilitation centre. It’s here that sick and injured birds are cared for before being returned to the wild, your ticket cost goes directly towards efforts to continue this vital work. A short bus ride through working farmland will take you to the reserve. From here it is a walking tour (up to 1km) over bush tracks to different viewing boxes scattered through the reserve. This is a great opportunity to see this unique and rare bird around its nesting sites.
At the conclusion of your tour you will be returned to Port Chalmers, back to your ship.