Cycle and Cruise Australia & New Zealand

14
Nights
2019
Jan 31
From
$4490
Celebrity
Solstice
Including accommodation, guided sightseeing,
tours, meals, entertainment

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, Dunedin: Otago Central Rail Trail, Akaroa: Little River Rail Trail, Wellington: Rimutaka Trail Bay of Islands: Twin Coast Cycle Trail, Rotorua: Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Auckland: Hauraki Rail Trail

Highlights Include

  • Welcome Drinks Party
  • Cycle Port Philip Bay Trail Melbourne
  • Spectacular cruising through Milford Sound followed by Doubtful and Dusky Sounds
  • Otago Central Rail Trail, the first of New Zealand’s rail trails
  • Little River Rail Trail to the town of Little River
  • The New Zealand Great Ride the Rimutaka Trail
  • Twin Coast Cycle Trail - bay of Islands
  • Cycle trail of Rotorua takes us to four significant geothermal fields: Whakarewarewa, Waimangu Volcanic Valley
  • Cycle along the Seabird Coast to Kopu and then along to Thames
  • Cycle the historic railway corridor from Thames winding through the Karangahake Gorge to Waihi
  • Luxury Cruising onboard Celebrity Solstice
Cycle and Cruise Australia & New Zealand Map

Includes

  • Travel on Celebrity Solstice in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Celebrity Solstice
  • 2 nights’ three-star accommodation including breakfast in the Thames area
  • Bike and helmet 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
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 85% 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 brings a truly luxurious cruise experience.

Highilighs from the 2018 Cycling tour of New Zealand

Day 1
Thursday January 31, 2019

Departure

This afternoon board the Celebrity Solstice 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
Friday February 1, 2019

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
Saturday February 2, 2019

Melbourne: Port Phillip Bay Trail

This morning we arrive in 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
Sunday February 3, 2019

At sea

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

Day 5
Monday February 4, 2019

At sea

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

Day 6
Tuesday February 5, 2019

Fiordland National Park

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 Fiordlands 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 among this wonderland of outstanding natural beauty.

Day 7
Wednesday February 6, 2019

Otago Central Rail Trail, New Zealand

Today we arrive in 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-kilometre-long trail. We enjoy this fantastic trail and ride past historic gold-mining villages, country pubs and through rugged scenery. A fantastic day!

Day 8
Thursday February 7, 2019

Akaroa, New Zealand

This morning we arrive in 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 9
Friday February 8, 2019

Rimutaka Trail, New Zealand

Today we call in to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Our ride today will be along a section of the New Zealand Great Ride the Rimutaka Trail. This trail winds through the Rimutaka Mountain Ranges around the southern coast. The harder option will start at Cross Creek and will involve a climb. The easier option will start up high and involve downhill and then flat riding as you head into the suburbs of Wellington. Enjoy riding through tunnels, over bridges and dramatic scenery!

Day 10
Saturday February 9, 2019

At Sea

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

Day 11
Sunday February 10, 2019

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Today we arrive in the spectacular Bay of Islands, one of the most historic areas in New Zealand, dotted with 150 scenic islands. We will be met by private coach and transferred to the Twin Coast Cycle Trail. Enjoy coastal views, wetlands, native forest and rolling farmland as we cycle along on this coast-to-coast ride between the popular Bay of Islands and peaceful Hokianga Harbour. Following smooth rail trail, dedicated cycle paths and country roads we will do a section of the 84 kilometre trail, as we ride back towards the ship.

Day 12
Monday February 11, 2019

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
Tuesday February 12, 2019

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

Day 14
Wednesday February 13, 2019

Hauraki Rail Trail, New Zealand

Today we follow the historic railway corridor from Thames winding through the Karangahake Gorge to Waihi. The trail travels through some of the most stunning scenery in New Zealand including tranquil farmlands and gold mines. We then transfer to our hotel where we have a final night dinner to celebrate our trip!

Day 15
Thursday February 14, 2019

Departure

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

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
11 Inside 7 $4,490 $6,390
10 Inside 8,9 $4,590 $6,490
9 Inside 9,10,11 $4,690 $6,590
2C Deluxe Balcony 6 $5,390 $7,690
1C Deluxe Balcony 8 $5,590 $8,090
1B Deluxe Balcony 8,9 $5,650 $8,190
1A Deluxe Balcony 6,7,8,9 $5,690 $8,290
2A Deluxe Balcony 7 $5,750 $8,390
SV Deluxe Balcony 6,7,8 $5,890 $8,590
C3 Concierge Balcony 9,10 $5,950 $8,690
C2 Concierge Balcony 9,10,12 $5,990 $8,790
A2 Deluxe Balcony 11 $6,090 $9,090
A1 Aqua Balcony 11 $6,190 $9,290
Included port and handling $823 $1,373
Included air taxes as of 1/11/17 $75 $75

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Travel on Celebrity Solstice in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Celebrity Solstice
  • 2 nights’ three-star accommodation including breakfast in the Thames area
  • Bike and helmet 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.

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 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 1/11/17. 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.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

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, Australiaand any legal 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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