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Heathmont

Cycle and Cruise Australia & New Zealand

16
Nights
2018
Feb 6
From
$4760
Diamond
Princess
Including accommodation, guided sightseeing,
tours, meals, entertainment
Definite
Departure

A fantastic opportunity to cycle some of the best rail trails in New Zealand! In each port of call on this cruise, we will be met by our coach and be transfered to a fantastic bike track, many of which are the best rail trails in New Zealand. Each day you are provided with a bike and have an option of a shorter or a longer section of the days ride. Most of the rides are on rail trails and are relatively flat as the trains were not able to climb steep hills. All of the rides showcase spectacular scenery of Australia and New Zealand. An easier section might be approximately 30km, which would take three to four hours of easy riding, a harder ride might be 50 to 60km, which would take approximately five hours. Each ride we will have a meeting point where the group will meet together for lunch before continuing on to the end of the ride, where we are met by our bus and taken back to the ship. The rides will be looked after by a tour manager, who is contactable by phone to come and pick you up at any time if need be.

Melbourne: Port Phillip Bay Trail, Hobart: Hobart Foreshore Trail, Dunedin: Otago Central Rail Trail, Akaroa: Little River Rail Trail, Wellington: Rimutaka Trail, Napier: Hawkes Bay Trail, Bay of Islands: Twin Coast Cycle Trail, Auckland: Hauraki Rail Trail

Highlights Include

  • Bay trail from Beaumaris to Port past Brighton and St Kilda - enjoy the bay and city of Melbourne views
  • Ride along the Hobart foreshore from the city centre to MONA - Enjoy the views of the Derwent River and Mt Wellington
  • Option to visiting the intriguing MONA or the Clarence Foreshore Trail
  • Spectacular scenery and fascinating wildlife of Fjordlands National Park
  • The Otago Central Rail Trail, the first of New Zealand’s rail trails and the original Great Ride - ride past historic gold-mining villages, country pubs and through rugged scenery
  • The Rimutaka Trail - winds through the Rimutaka Mountain Ranges around the Southern Coast
  • The Hawkes Bay Trail - panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Ahuriri Estuary, a sanctuary for endangered wetland wildlife
  • Twin Coast Cycle Trail - Enjoy coastal views, wetlands, native forest and rolling farmland
  • Cycle along the Seabird Coast to Kaiaua - Auckland
  • Final night dinner to celebrate our trip
Cycle and Cruise Australia & New Zealand Map

Includes

  • Travel on Diamond Princess in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Diamond Princess
  • 1 night’s accommodation including breakfast in the Bay of Islands area
  • 2 nights’ accommodation including breakfasts in the Thames area
  • 1 night’s accommodation including breakfast in Auckland
  • Bike rental in each port of call
  • International airfare Auckland to Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney
  • Tour management by Travelrite International Pty. Ltd
  • A Travelrite backpack
  • A final night dinner
Diamond Princess Deck plans

Diamond Princess

The rhythm of each day spent aboard Diamond Princess depends on individual vacation style, but one thing’s for certain – activity options abound. Choose from four separate swimming pools for a refreshing daily dip or spend the day immersed in the library and writing room. Soothing body treatments are on the menu at the serene, Asian-themed Lotus Spa, which also includes a gorgeous terrace area and a fully equipped fitness center. With frequently changing menus, multiple main dining rooms mean passengers can choose meal times, companions, and cuisine. Fabio’s Trattoria serves Italian specialties, while the Lido Cafe features classic American and continental cuisine. Additional convenient dining options include 24-hour buffets and room service, plus the poolside pizzeria, hamburger grill, and ice cream bar. After sunset, the lights keep shining with original Broadway and Las Vegas productions in the spacious theater and plenty of room for stargazing on the balcony of the Skywalkers disco and lounge.

Day 1
Tuesday February 6, 2018

Departure

This afternoon board the Diamond Princess on this fantastic Cycle and Cruise journey of New Zealand. Be up on deck as we cruise Sydney Harbour and out through Sydney Heads.

Day 2
Wednesday February 7, 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. This evening we have a welcome drinks party so you can meet other passengers in the group.

Day 3
Thursday February 8, 2018

Melbourne: Port Phillip Bay Trail

This morning we arrive into Melbourne. We are transferred along Port Philip Bay to start our bay trail from Beaumaris or a shorter option back to Port Melbourne and the ship. Cycle past Brighton and St Kilda and enjoy the bay and city of Melbourne views on this enjoyable first ride!

Day 4
Friday February 9, 2018

At sea

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

Day 5
Saturday February 10, 2018

Hobart, Tasmania

We first ride along the Hobart foreshore from the city centre to MONA. Enjoy the views of the Derwent River and Mt Wellington as you cycle through this beautiful city. You then have the option of visiting the intriguing MONA for the afternoon or transferring to the Clarence Foreshore Trail on the other side of the Derwent. Following the Derwent River, this trail between Geilston Bay and Howrah is a mix of wide concrete and narrow gravel paths. On our journey, we will see a wide range of scenery, from picturesque bays to forests and parklands.

Day 6
Sunday February 11, 2018

At sea

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

Day 7
Monday February 12, 2018

At sea

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

Day 8
Tuesday February 13, 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 Fjords 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 Fjordlands 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 Fjordland crested penguins are amongst this wonderland of outstanding natural beauty.

Day 9
Wednesday February 14, 2018

Dunedin: Otago Central Rail Trail

Today we arrive into Dunedin. Originally founded by Scottish settlers and known as the Edinburgh of the South. We are transferred to the Otago Central Rail trail, the first of New Zealand’s Rail Trails and the Original Great Ride. Located along the former route of the Otago Central Railway, we will ride along a portion of this off-road 152 kilometer long trail. We enjoy this fantastic trail and ride past historic gold-mining villages, country pubs and through rugged scenery. A fantastic day!

Day 10
Thursday February 15, 2018

Akaroa, New Zealand

This morning we arrive into the tender port of Akaroa. We will be met by our private coach and travel to Christchurch to start cycling the Little River Rail Trail to the town of Little River. This 49 kilometre trail travels beside Lake Forsyth along the old rail embankments and tracks. You’ll be treated to stunning views of the Southern Alps, Lakes and a variety of bird life. We are then transferred back to Akaroa and the ship.

Day 11
Friday February 16, 2018

At Sea

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

Day 12
Saturday February 17, 2018

Tauranga/ Rotorua, New Zealand

This morning we arrive in Tauranga. Our coach will travel to Rotorua where our trail begins through a wonderland of steaming vents, bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers. Between the trail heads at Rotorua and the Waikite Valley Thermal Pools, this cycle trail takes us to four significant geothermal fields: Whakarewarewa, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Wai-OTapu Thermal Wonderland and Waikite Valley Thermal Springs. Each has its own unique geothermal features, including rare flora and fauna, and is rich in Maori history and folklore. Another great day!

Day 13
Sunday February 18, 2018

Paihia, New Zealand

This morning we arrive in Auckland, the largest city and commercial centre of New Zealand. After breakfast we will disembark the ship and travel to Paihia, the main town in the Bay of Islands in the far north of the North Island of New Zealand and one of those most historic areas in New Zealand, dotted with 150 scenic islands.

Day 14
Monday February 19, 2018

Twin Coast Rail Trail, New Zealand

This morning we will cycle the Twin Coast Cycle Trail. Enjoy coastal views, wetlands, native forest and rolling farmland as we cycle along on this coastto- coast ride between the popular Bay of Islands and peaceful Hokianga Harbour. Following smooth rail trails, dedicated cycle paths and country roads, we will cycle some sections of the 84 kilometre trail, between the Bay of Islands and Hokianga Harbour. Later we travel to Auckland.

Day 15
Tuesday February 20, 2018

Hauraki Rail Trail, New Zealand

This morning we travel south to meet the Hauraki Rail Trail at Kopu. We cycle along the Seabird Coast to Kaiaua and then along to Thames where we stay the night

Day 16
Wednesday February 21, 2018

Hauraki Rail Trail, New Zealand

We then follow the historic railway corridor from Thames whistling through the Karangahake Gorge to Waihi. The trail travels through some of the most stunning scenery in New Zealand through the historic railway corridor from Thames to Waihi. Later we return to our hotel where we have a final night dinner to celebrate our trip!

Day 17
Thursday February 22, 2018

Departure

This morning we transfer to Auckland Airport for our flights back to Australia.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
IF Inside 5, 8, 12, 14 $4,760 $7,865
IE Inside 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 $4,790 $7,925
ID Inside 9, 10, 11 $4,825 $7,985
IC Inside 5, 8, 12, 14 $5,040 $8,045
IB Inside 10, 11, 12 $5,070 $8,110
OZ Outside 8* $5,225 $8,315
OY Outside 8*, 10 $5,279 $8,395
OW Outside 8* $5,310 $8,475
OV Outside 8* $5,350 $8,555
OF Outside 5, 8* $5,650 $9,135
OC Outside 5, 6 $5,810 $9,440
O5 Outside 10, 11 $5,860 $9,540
BD Balcony 10, 11 $6,215 $10,395
BC Balcony 12, 14 $6,285 $10,535
BB Balcony 11, 12 $6,360 $13,125
MD Minisuite 9 $6,895 $11,740
Included port and handling and ship gratuities $466.62 $466.62
Included air taxes as of 1/3/17 $125 $125

Non-cyclist discount $750

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Travel on Celebrity Solstice in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Celebrity Solstice
  • 2 nights’ accommodation including breakfasts in the Thames area
  • Bike rental in each port of call
  • International airfare Auckland to Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney
  • Tour management by Travelrite International Pty. Ltd
  • A Travelrite backpack
  • A final night dinner

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

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 (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour operator.

Deposit and Payment

A deposit of $900 per passenger 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.

Air Taxes

from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane as listed in the itinerary. Please contact us for air taxes from different cities. Air taxes are as at 1/4/17. If they change due to government and airline charges and currency variations, Travelrite International reserves the right to charge additional amounts.

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, airfare 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 30kg free baggage allowance on Singapore Arlines

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. 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 action must be taken 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 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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