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FT12: Monarch Cruise

The Otago Peninsula is abundant with wildlife, with many species of seabird nesting on its craggy outcrops. Most famously, it is the only nesting place on inhabited land in the world for albatross, in this case the Northern Royal albatross.

The chartered MV Monarch will take us on a personalised trip out past the colony, hopefully catching a glimpse of these magnificent birds in flight.  If conditions are favourable, we may also be able to get close to the Otago shag colony and New Zealand fur seal pups.

Once out in the open ocean we plan to attract seabirds to the vessel by chumming. We should be able to attract other species of albatross and smaller species to the boat for close photographic opportunities. We will spend most of the time at sea.

Trip Specifics

Partner:Panasonic
Ambassador:Well known local wildlife photographer Craig McKenzie will be on this trip to answer questions and inspire your photography.
Added extras:A Panasonic representative will be on this trip with a selection of the latest Panasonic Lumix G bodies and lenses for you to try.

Important Trip Information

Icons made by SimpleIcon from https://www.flaticon.com/ CC 3.0 BYThis trip is on Saturday morning.
Icons made by Gregor Cresnar from https://www.flaticon.com/ CC 3.0 BYThere will be an extra cost of $75 for this field trip.
Icons made by Chanut is Industries from https://www.flaticon.com/ CC 3.0 BYThis is a trip for those with their sea legs. You will be wanting to stand for most of the trip in order to get the best photo opportunities. http://www.wildlife.co.nz/
A limited selection of refreshments are available for purchase on-board.
Icons made by Smashicons from https://www.flaticon.com/ CC 3.0 BYWet weather gear and sturdy footwear is advised.
Please don't bring tripods
Icons made by Smashicons from https://www.flaticon.com/ CC 3.0 BYTransport for this trip is via the Monarch Bus. Hop on the bus at the venue and hop off at Wellers Rock for boarding the MV Monarch.
"Icons made by Freepik from https://www.flaticon.com/ CC 3.0 BYThere are toilets on-board the boat.
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A moderate level of fitness is required. We will be out in the open ocean for some time which can be physically demanding.
You will be standing most of the time, although there are places on the boat to sit if required.
The decks can be slippery and water can wash over the decks.
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