Rail Journeys of New Zealand & Australia Cruise

17
Nights
2020
Feb 7
From
$6490
Celebrity
Solstice
Including accommodation, guided sightseeing,
tours, meals,

An experience of a lifetime! 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 Wellington to Auckland. Ride on The Coastal Pacific from Christchurch to Wellington and journey on the TranzAlpine from Christchurch through to Arthurs Pass National Park. As well as enjoying rail experiences at ports of call.

Visiting Sydney, Hobart, Australia; Fiordland National Park, Dunedin, Akaroa, Rotorua, Christchurch, Picton, Wellington, Auckland, New Zealand

Highlights Include

  • West Coast Wilderness Railway - Tasmania
  • Spectacular scenery of Fiordland National Park
  • Spectacular and iconic scenery on rail journey from Dunedin to Pukerangi through Taieri Gorge
  • Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise
  • The Giants House, a historic house with original art works, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics
  • Self-drive Rail Cruiser to travel through the beautiful Dansey Road Scenic Reserve
  • See the famous geysers and volcanic activity of Rotorua
  • the TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch through Arthur’s Pass National Park
  • The Coastal Pacific train from Wellington to Picton
  • Sightseeing tour of Wellington
  • Northern Explorer train journey to Auckland
  • Glenbrook Vintage Railwayd
  • 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 nights’ accommodation including breakfasts 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.

DAY 1 Friday February 7, 2020 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 Saturday February 8, 2020 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 enjoy welcome drinks.

DAY 3 Sunday February 9, 2020 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 Monday February 10, 2020 At sea
A day at sea to explore and enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship.

DAY 5 Tuesday February 11, 2020 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship.

DAY 6 Wednesday February 12, 2020 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 Thursday February 13, 2020 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 8 Friday February 14, 2020 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 Saturday February 15, 2020 At sea
A day at sea to explore and enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship.

DAY 10 Sunday February 16, 2020 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 11 Monday February 17, 2020 Christchurch
After breakfast we disembark the ship in Auckland and fly to Christ-church. On arrival we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Christchurch with its very English feel. It is the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand. The city boasts modern architecture and historic buildings set against beautiful parks, gardens, rivers and beaches.

DAY 12 Tuesday February 18, 2020 Christchurch
On our excursion today we travel on one of the most scenic train journeys in New Zealand – the TranzAlpine Express Train. From Christ-church 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 13 Wednesday February 19, 2020 Wellington
This morning we board The Coastal Pacific train to Picton. 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 Picton we transfer to the ferry port for a short journey across Cook Strait to Wellington.

DAY 14 Thursday February 20, 2020 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 15 Friday February 21, 2020 Auckland
This morning we board the Northern Explorer train for our journey to Auckland. The train service is a scenic rail journey through the five unique geographical regions of the North Island. We travel from Wellington, 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 majestic volcanoes of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu, the home of the North Island ski fields. Upon arrival in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, we are transferred to our hotel.

DAY 16 Saturday February 22, 2020 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 leisure.

DAY 17 Sunday February 23, 2020 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 $6,490 $9,390
11 Inside 7 $6,690 $9,490
8 Inside 3 $7,090 $10,290
2D Inside 6 $7,390 $10,690
2C Deluxe Balcony 6 $7,490 $10,890
1C Deluxe Balcony 8 $7,690 $11,290
1B Deluxe Balcony 8, 9 $7,890 $11,390
C2 Concierge Balcony 10, 12 $7,990 $11,490
A2 Aqua Class Balcony 11 $8,090 $11,890
A1 Aqua Class Balcony 11 $8,290 $12,290
Included port and handling charges and ship gratuities $680 $1,120

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 nights’ accommodation including breakfasts 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

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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 trans-port, accommodation costs and foreign exchange rate at 1/12/18. 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.

Deposits and Payments:
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 91days 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 and Conditions:
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.

Responsibility:
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:
Travelrite International Pty. Ltd.
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Further information or a booking form can be obtained by telephoning 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 travel company which has been marketing through-out 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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