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Rail Journeys of New Zealand & Australia Cruise

20
Nights
2018
Feb 3
From
$6830
Celebrity
Solstice
Including accommodation, guided sightseeing,
tours, meals, entertainment onboard Celebrity Solstice

An opportunity to cruise to New Zealand aboard Celebrity Solstice, cruise around New Zealand and visit the spectacular beauty of Milford Sound. Experience the thrill of travelling by rail on the Northern Explorer train from Auckland to Wellington. Ride on The Coastal Pacific from Wellington to Christchurch and journey on the TranzAlpine from Christchurch through to Arthurs Pass National Park. As well as enjoying rail experiences at ports of call. An experience of a lifetime. Hosted by Ian McFadyen.

Visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Australia; Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier, Bay of Islands, Auckland, Christchurch, Picton, New Zealand

Highlights Include

  • Take a journey on the Puffing Billy
  • The West Coast Wilderness Railway - Strahan, Tasmania
  • Travel along the King River Gorge, which is the iconic Rack and Pinion section of track
  • Cruise through some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand - Milford Sound followed by Doubtful and Dusky Sounds
  • Journey from Dunedin to Pukerangi by train through Taieri Gorge
  • Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise - highlights including the rare NZ native dolphin, the Hectors dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds
  • Visit the Silver Stream Railway
  • A sightseeing tour to Waitangi
  • A sightseeing tour of gorgeous Auckland
  • Experience the golden era of “steam age” train travel at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • The Northern Explorer train journey to Wellington
  • A sightseeing tour of the main sights of Wellington
  • Journey across Cook Strait to Picton
  • The Coastal Pacific train to Christchurch
  • The TranzAlpine Express Train - one of the most scenic train journeys in New Zealand
  • Luxury cruising onboard Celebrity Solstice
Rail Journeys of New Zealand & Australia Cruise Map

Includes

  • Travel on Celebrity Solstice in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Celebrity Solstice
  • First-class rail travel as listed in the itinerary
  • 2 night’s accommodation including breakfast in Christchurch
  • 2 nights’ accommodation including breakfasts in Wellington
  • 2 nights’ accommodation including breakfasts in Auckland
  • Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Entry to museums and attractions as detailed in itinerary
  • Tour management by Travelrite International Pty. Ltd.
  • A Travelrite travel bag
Celebrity Solstice Deck plans

Celebrity Solstice

Since Celebrity Solstice joined the Celebrity fleet, she has dazzled and amazed even the most well-travelled cruisers. She showcases spectacular vistas with 85per cent of all staterooms having sweeping balcony views. Celebrity Solstice hosts a variety of five-star speciality restaurants, including Murano, a French restaurant, the Tuscan Grill, Silk, an Asian restaurant and Qsine, a dining venue with a unique and playful approach to familiar dishes from around the world. Add the fresh green grass on the top deck’s Lawn Club and the incredibly pampering services in AquaSpa, and you may never want to set foot on land again. Celebrity Solstice offers a truly luxurious cruise experience.

Ian McFadyen

Ian McFadyen

Ian McFadyen is an Australian writer, actor, director and rail buff. He is best known as the producer and performer on the Australian television series The Comedy Company which ran from 1988 to 1990, for which he won two Logie awards. As an incorrigible railway enthusiast, he spent much of his youth chasing trains and capturing them in photos and film. You can see some of his work at his web site: www.members.ozemail.com.au/~imcfadyen/ He hosted the successful Rail Journeys of New Zealand Cruise in 2017 and is looking forward to another wonderful tour in 2018.

Read an Interview with Ian McFadyen
Day 1
Saturday February 3, 2018

Departure

This afternoon, board the Celebrity Solstice on this fantastic Rail and Cruise Journey of New Zealand. Be up on deck as we cruise Sydney Harbour and out through Sydney Heads.

Day 2
Sunday February 4, 2018

At sea

Our first day at sea, this is the perfect opportunity for you to explore and enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship.

Day 3
Monday February 5, 2018

Melbourne, Australia

This morning we arrive in the port of Melbourne, where we travel by luxury coach to the Dandenong Ranges to take a journey on the Puffing Billy. This century-old steam train travels from Belgrave Station through to Gembrook, with a post-preservation history spanning over 50 years, the line is one of the most popular steam heritage railways in the world. The line was originally opened in 1900 to serve the local farming and timber community and originally ran from Upper Ferntree Gully station. In 1955 the Puffing Billy Preservation Society was formed to keep the train running indefinitely.

Day 4
Tuesday February 6, 2018

At sea

A day at sea to explore and enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship. This afternoon Ian will give a talk about his life in the media.

Day 5
Wednesday February 7, 2018

Hobart

This morning we arrive in Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania. We are transferred to the airport for our flight to Strahan, on the west coast of Tasmania and board the West Coast Wilderness Railway. We travel along the King River Gorge, which is the iconic Rack and Pinion section of track, the first of its kind in Australia. Our unique rail journey continues deep into the West Coast mountains stopping at stations along the way until we reach Queenstown. Lunch will be served on board the train. From here we fly back to Hobart and board back onto the ship.

Day 6
Thursday February 8, 2018

At sea

A day at sea to enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship.

Day 7
Friday February 9, 2018

At sea

A day at sea to enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship. This afternoon, Ian will give a talk about his life and interest in trains and railways.

Day 8
Saturday February 10, 2018

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Today we cruise through some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand as we visit Milford Sound followed by Doubtful and Dusky Sounds. The fiords will be a highlight of the cruise, with spectacular scenery and fascinating wildlife. Nothing can prepare you for the majesty of Milford Sound, star of Fiordland National Park. New vistas mesmerise at each turn – towering Mitre Peak, rising 1692 metres above the Sound, plunging waterfalls, bottlenose and dusky dolphins, fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins are amongst this wonderland of outstanding natural beauty.

Day 9
Sunday February 11, 2018

Dunedin

Departing from Dunedin’s beautiful railway station, our train begins its scenic journey into some of New Zealand’s ever-changing, most spectacular and iconic scenery on its journey to Pukerangi, a peaceful outcrop out the other side of the Taieri Gorge. The train travels through the Southern parts of Dunedin city until it arrives at Wingatui junction, where it turns off onto the Taieri branch. From here the train sneaks across the Taieri Plains and climbs into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep gorge carved out over aeons by the ancient Taieri River. The train will stop or slow down at various scenic points along the way for photos where we can disembark and stretch our legs and enjoy the best of beauty, peace and quiet that nature has to offer.

Day 10
Monday February 12, 2018

Akaroa

Today we arrive in to the tender port of Akaroa, and board an Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise. This award-winning cruise is packed with highlights including the rare NZ native dolphin, the Hectors dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. You will also see the giant volcanic sea cliffs. We then travel to The Giants House, a historic house with original art works, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics. This house was the first bank manager’s house in Akaroa, built in 1880.

Day 11
Tuesday February 13, 2018

Wellington

Arriving in Wellington this morning, we travel to the suburb of Silverstream in the Hutt Valley, to visit the Silver Stream Railway. The beginnings of Silver Stream Railway were in 1967 when the Wellington branch of the New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society (which changed its name to Silver Stream Railway Incorporated in 1983) began a collection of locomotives and rolling stock. Track laying on the old formation of the Hutt Valley Line did not begin until 1977. The collection of locomotives and rolling stock had previously been stored at a site by the Gracefield Branch in Seaview, and this was transferred to the present Silverstream site in 1984. The official opening of the full 1.5 kilometre track took place on 15 February 1986.

Day 12
Wednesday February 14, 2018

Napier

Today we arrive in the unique city of Napier in the Hawke’s Bay area and have a coach panoramic tour. We first drive through Napier’s Art Deco CBD, and continue through Esk Valley past vineyards, stone fruit orchards, pip fruit orchards and avocado plantations. We have a photo stop at Bluff Hill, which overlooks the port before returning to our cruise ship.

Day 13
Thursday February 15, 2018

At sea

A day at sea to enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship. This afternoon, Ian will give a talk about his life in comedy.

Day 14
Friday February 16, 2018

Bay of Islands

Today we arrive in the spectacular Bay of Islands, one of the most historic area’s in New Zealand dotted with 150 scenic islands. We will have a sightseeing tour to Waitangi, where the Treaty between settlers and Maori’s was signed in 1840. We then travel on the famous Bay of Islands Vintage Railway, which operates on part of the former Opua track and offers train rides through the scenic Northland countryside.

Day 15
Saturday February 17, 2018

Auckland

After breakfast we will disembark the ship. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of gorgeous Auckland, the largest city and commercial centre of New Zealand. Our morning tour takes in the main sights of the city, including the Harbour Bridge, which spans the beautiful Waitemata Harbour

Day 16
Sunday February 18, 2018

Auckland

Today we travel to Waiuku to experience the golden era of “steam age” train travel at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway operating through picturesque rural countryside over 7.4 km of the former New Zealand Railways (NZR). The Glenbrook Vintage Railway owns and operates a number of historic and valuable heritage locomotives both steam and diesel, from the smallest locomotive, a 3 ton diesel shunter, to the giant 110 ton JA 1250 “Diana” steam locomotive. The rest of the day will be at your own leisure.

Day 17
Monday February 19, 2018

Wellington

This morning we board the Northern Explorer train for our journey to Wellington. The train service is a scenic rail journey through the five unique geographical regions of the North Island. Travelling from Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, through the central heartland of the Northern Island. Along the way, we travel through the farming landscapes and rocky sea scapes of the lower North Island and ascending through stunning river gorges to the volcanic plateau passing the majestic volcanoes of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu, the home of the North Island ski fields. Upon arrival in Wellington, we are transferred to our hotel.

Day 18
Tuesday February 20, 2018

Wellington

This morning we will have a sightseeing tour of the main sights of Wellington, including the Houses of Parliament known as “the Beehive”. We visit Mount Victoria, where we have 360 degree views of the city, then travel by cable car to the Botanical Gardens. The afternoon is free for independent sightseeing.

Day 19
Wednesday February 21, 2018

Christchurch

This morning we are transferred by coach to the ferry port for a short journey across Cook Strait to Picton, here we board The Coastal Pacific train to Christchurch. Travelling via Kaikoura, the home of whale watching and then onto the gateway to the beautiful Marlborough Sound with the famous wine growing region of Blenheim. The journey takes us through some of New Zealand’s finest horticultural and farmland areas of the Canterbury Plains to the rugged Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of our train, the Pacific Ocean coastline on the other with views of marine wildlife such as seals and penguins all from the comfort of our carriage. Arriving into the South Island’s largest city Christchurch, we are transferred to our hotel where we spend the next two nights. Note: Should The Coastal Pacific train not be operating on this day we will replace this day with a flight from Wellington to Christchurch.

Day 19
Thursday February 22, 2018

Christchurch

On our excursion today we travel on one of the most scenic train journeys in New Zealand – the TranzAlpine Express Train. From Christchurch we cross the flat Canterbury Plains to the small community of Darfield. We continue through beautiful alpine scenery as we enter the Arthur’s Pass National Park. Marvel at the alpine scenery as we sit back and enjoy the commentary and an included lunch on board the train.

Day 19
Friday February 23, 2018

Departure

This morning we will be transferred to the airport for the flights to Australia.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
12 Inside 3 6830 9250
11 Inside 7 6890 9300
10 Inside 8,9 6990 9440
9 Inside 9,10,11 7175 9580
7 Outside 7,8 7675 10580
2D Deluxe Balcony 6 7850 10765
2C Deluxe Balcony 6 7895 10825
2B Deluxe Balcony 6,7 7895 10825
2A Deluxe Balcony 7 8100 11240
1C Deluxe Balcony 8 8140 11325
1B Deluxe Balcony 8,9 8200 11445
1A Deluxe Balcony 6,7,8,9 8270 11565
C3 Concierge Balcony 9,10 8270 11565
C2 Concierge Balcony 9,10,12 8630 12270
A2 Aqua Balcony 11 8895 13125
Included port and handling charges and ship gratuities $953.25 $1,280
Included air taxes as at 1/3/2017 $125 $125

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Travel on Celebrity Solstice in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Celebrity Solstice
  • First-class rail travel as listed in the itinerary
  • 2 night’s accommodation including breakfast in Christchurch
  • 2 nights’ accommodation including breakfasts in Wellington
  • 2 nights’ accommodation including breakfasts in Auckland
  • Sightseeing tours as listed in the itinerary
  • Entry to museums and attractions as detailed in itinerary
  • Tour management by Travelrite International Pty. Ltd.
  • A Travelrite travel bag

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals unless specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing and general expenses unless specified in the itinerary
  • Additional travel arrangements not in the detailed itinerary; these will be quoted for separately

Extending

You can stay longer in New Zealand for minimal additional cost. Please contact Travelrite on 1800 630 343 for more information.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.

Tour Operator

Travelrite International Pty Ltd, ATAS number A10538 (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator.

Deposit and Payment

A deposit of $900 per passenger for is required at the time of booking. Full payment will be required 90 days before departure for the tour. A 1.5% administration fee will be charged on payment by Visa or Mastercard and 3% on payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards.

Cancellation Charges

Cancellations within 90 days of departure will result in the loss of all monies paid. Cancellation outside 90 days from departure will result in a cancellation fee of $900 per person.

Refunds

The tour is based on arrangements that do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

Travel Documents

All passengers will require a valid passport. Visas for countries visited are not required for Australian passport holders. If you hold another passport please check with Travelrite.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is recommended to cover the costs of cancellation fees due to illness, death in family, etc.

Baggage

All passengers qualify for the 23kg free baggage allowance.

Minimum Tour Numbers

The tour has been priced on the basis of a minimum number of passengers having booked 90 days prior to departure. Travelrite reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of all monies paid or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified cost. Travelrite reserves the right to change advertised entrances and/ or substitute the tour host, if necessary for the smooth operation of the tour.

Tour Costs

The tour costs are based on general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 1/3/17. Travelrite reserves the right to alter the costs if any of these factors change, giving any passenger that has booked the right to withdraw with full refund of monies paid or modify arrangements. No alterations to price will be made within 90 days of departure from Australia.

Responsibilities

Travelrite International Pty Ltd. (ATAS No A10538) is the tour organiser. Neither Nationwide News Pty Limited nor any of its subsidiaries, nor any of its newspapers have any involvement in the tour, and have no liability of any kind to any person in relation to the tour. Travelrite acts only as an agent in the making of arrangements for hotels, transportation, restaurants or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in the tour, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this tour and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any tour and/or make such changes in the tour as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the tour. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be undertaken in the State of Victoria.

How to Book

Bookings can be made by sending full names and addresses of intending tour members with a deposit of $900 for the tour. Please send to:

Postal Booking
Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103.

Online Booking
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Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free:1800 630 343
Telephone (03) 8803 6868
Fax (03) 9836 8068
Email balwyn@travelrite.com.au

About Travelrite International

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 30 years. It has two fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) offices at Balwyn and Heathmont. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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