Rail Journeys of Australia & New Zealand Cruise

17
Nights
2021
Feb 14
From
$6490
Regal
Princess
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals

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

Sydney & Hobart, Australia; Milford Sound, Dunedin, Christchurch, Akaroa, Picton, Wellington, Rotorua and Auckland, New Zealand

Tour highlights

  • Visiting Sydney, Hobart, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Christchurch, Akaroa, Picton, Wellington, Rotorua and Auckland
  • Welcome drinks
  • The West Coast Wilderness Railway
  • Cruise through Fiordland National Park and see dolphins, seals, penguins
  • Depart from Dunedn to journey through Taieri Gorge Railway
  • Enjoy Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise with chance to see Hectors dolphins, penguins and other sea birds
  • Onboard the Marlborough Flyer, a WWI Memorial heritage steam train built in 1915
  • Visit the Silver Stream Railway in the Hutt Valley
  • See the famous geysers and volcanic activity of Rotorua
  • Ride a scenic rail journey the Northen Explorer train for the journey to Wellington
  • Visit Mount Victoria to have 360 degree views of Wellington
  • Board The Coastal Pacific train to Christchurch
  • Travel with the most scenic train, the TranzAlpine Express Train
  • Luxury Cruising onboard Regal Princess
Rail Journeys of Australia & New Zealand Cruise

Includes

  • Travel on Regal Princess in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Regal Princess
  • Rail travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Welcome Drinks Party
  • 1 night’s 4 star accommodation including breakfast in Auckland
  • 2 nights’ 4 star accommodation including breakfasts in Wellington
  • 2 nights’ 4 star accommodation including breakfasts in Christchurch
  • International flights from Christchurch to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney (A surcharge will apply to Adelaide and Perth)
  • 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
Regal Princess Deck plans

Regal Princess

The new Regal Princess, sister ship to Royal Princess, is a spectacular example of the next generation of innovative Princess ships. From the breathtaking Atrium & Piazza – over 50 per cent larger than other ships’ atriums in the line and featuring exciting new eateries – to signature features like The SeaWalk, a dramatic glass-bottom walkway, which has been called one of the “Top Gee-Whiz Features at Sea”, you’ll quickly come to love the many exciting dining and entertainment options available on this majestic ship. Regal Princess offers a truly luxurious cruise experience

DAY 1 Sunday 14 February, 2021 Sydney/Departure
This afternoon, board the Regal Princess 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 Monday 15 February, 2021 At sea
A day at sea to explore and enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship. This evening enjoy welcome drinks.

DAY 3 Tuesday 16 February, 2021 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 journey deep into the heritage of the Tasmanian wilderness to discover the history and stories of the people and railway that turned the west coast of Tasmania into one of the wealthiest mining regions in the world.

DAY 4 Wednesday 17 February, 2021 At sea
A day at sea to explore and enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship.

DAY 5 Thursday 18 February, 2021 At sea
A day at sea to explore and enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship.

DAY 6 Friday 19 February, 2021 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 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 7 Saturday 20 February, 2021 Dunedin
Our journey today is the Taieri Gorge Railway. 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 8 Sunday 21 February, 2021 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 9 Monday 22 February, 2021 Picton
This morning we arrive in Picton, located in one of the sunniest parts of New Zealand, the top of the South Island, it is a quaint port town nestled deep in the Marlborough Sounds. Our train journey today is onboard the Marlborough Flyer, a WWI Memorial heritage steam train built in 1915. The hour-long Steam Train journey takes you up the challenging and steep elevation out of Picton (1-in-37 slope), through the Para Wetlands, across the Wairau River into the Wairau Valley and through a sea of vineyards into Blenheim.

DAY 10 Tuesday 23 February, 2021 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 11 Wednesday 24 February, 2021 At sea
A day at sea to explore and enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship.

DAY 12 Thursday 25 February, 2021 Tauranga
This morning we arrive in Tauranga, a harbourside city in the Bay of Plenty region on New Zealand’s North Island. Today we will enjoy a magical rail experience. We first travel inland to Mamaku, past Lake Rotorua, and board our own self-drive Rail Cruiser to travel through the beautiful Dansey Road Scenic Reserve, on the steep 1:35 gradient railway between Mamaku and Tarukenga. We then see the famous geysers and volcanic activity of Rotorua.

DAY 13 Friday 26 February, 2021 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. In the afternoon 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.

DAY 14 Saturday 27 February, 2021 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. We travel from Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, through the central heartland of the Northern Island. Along the way, we enjoy the farming landscapes and rocky sea scapes of the lower North Island and ascend through stunning river gorges to the volcanic plateau passing the majesticvolcanoes 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 15 Sunday 28 February, 2021 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 16 Monday 1 March, 2021 Christchurch
This morning we are transferred 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 throughsome 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.

DAY 17 Tuesday 2 March, 2021 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.

DAY 18 Wednesday 3 March, 2021 Departure
This morning we will be transferred to the airport for the flights to Australia.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
ID Inside 10,11,12,14 $6,490 $9,190
IC Inside 8,15,16 $6,590 $9,390
IB Inside 8,9,10,11,12,14,15 $6,690 $9,490
BW Balcony (Obstructed) 8 $7,090 $10,190
DW Balcony (Obstructed) 8 $7,190 $10,290
BD Baclony 9,10,11,12,14 $7,390 $10,590
BC Baclony 15,16 $7,490 $10,690
BB Baclony 9,10,11,12,14,15 $7,590 $10,790
DD Baclony 9,10,11,12,14 $7,690 $10,890
DC Baclony 8,15,16 $7,790 $10,990
DB Baclony 9,10,11,12,14 $7,890 $11,190
MC Mini Suite 15,16 $8,190 $11,790
MB Mini Suite 10,11,12,14,15 $8,290 $11,990
Included port and handling charges and ship gratuities $580 $880
Included air taxes as at 1/11/2019 $50 $50

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Economy-class return air flights from Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane to Nice and return from Paris
  • 13 days/12 nights on the Regal Princess in your selected stateroom
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on Regal Princess
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Nice including breakfasts
  • 2 nights' accommodation in Avignon including breakfasts
  • 1 night's accommodation in Rouen including breakfasts
  • Sightseeing tours in Nice & Monte Carlo, Monaco; Monet's Garden, Avignon & Rouen, France; Southampton, England; Guernsey, Channel Islands; Cork & Dublin in Eire; Belfast in Northern Ireland; Glasgow, Inverness & Edinburgh in Scotland
  • Fully escorted by a professional Travelrite International Cruise Manager
  • Air and cruise taxes
  • Transfers to and from the Regal Princess
  • Private on-board activities including Farewell Drinks, Trivial Pursuit and Bingo

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 extra 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.

TOUR COSTS:
The tour costs are based on general transport, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 1/11/19. 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.

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 credit card.

CANCELLATION CONDITIONS:
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.

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

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.

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.

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, Australia and any legal action must be undertaken in the State of Victoria.

DELAYS AND UNFORESEEN EVENTS:
You engage Travelrite International to book this tour on your behalf and you acknowledge that Travelrite International acts as your agent for the purpose of making contracts between you and the various providers of accommodation, transportation and other services that comprise the tour. Travelrite International may without reference to you provide or make available to you, or may as your agent engage any third party to provide or make available to you, any good or service which Travelrite International reasonably believes is necessary for your benefit to maintain the tour itinerary, repatriate you or otherwise accommodate, transport or sustain you in circumstances in which the tour itinerary fails wholly or partly for any reason. You appoint Travelrite International your attorney for this purpose. You agree to pay Travelrite International any cost thereof and you indemnify Travelrite International in respect of any cost it incurs in this regard. Travelrite International advises you to obtain travel insurance generally including in respect of the risk that any such good or service may become required.

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:

Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Further information or a booking form can be obtained by contacting Travelrite International on the following numbers:
Toll Free: 1800 630 343
Phone: (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 family-owned business that’s been operating in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs for more than 35 years. Travelrite International is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), is fully Accredited with ATAS (A10538) and IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators.

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