The Majestic 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. Majestic Princess offers a truly luxurious cruise experience.VIEW ITINERARY
DAY 1 Tuesday 24 January, 2023 Auckland, New Zealand
Group members fly to Auckland, New Zealand, and upon arrival we transfer to our city hotel. The rest of the day will be at your leisure. This evening we have a welcome dinner so you can meet other passengers in the group.
DAY 2 Wednesday 25 January, 2023 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. This afternoon we enjoy a sightseeing tour of gorgeous Auckland, the largest city and commercial centre of New Zealand. Our tour takes in the main sights of the city, including the Harbour Bridge, which spans the beautiful Waitemata Harbour.
DAY 3 Thursday 26 January, 2023 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 through the volcanic plateau passing the majestic volcanoes of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Ruapehu, the home of the North Island ski fields. We continue through the central heartland of the Northern Island to the farming landscapes and rocky sea scapes of the lower North Island passing stunning river gorges along the way. Upon arrival in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, we are transferred to our hotel.
DAY 4 Friday 27 January, 2023 Christchurch
This afternoon we transfer by ferry across Cook Strait from Wellington to Picton to board The Coastal Pacific train to Christchurch. Travelling via the beautiful Marlborough Sound with the famous wine growing region of Blenheim to Kaikoura, the home of whale watching. We continue past the rugged Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of our train and the Pacific Ocean coastline on the other, with views of marine wildlife such as seals and penguins all from the comfort of our carriage to some of New Zealand’s finest horticultural and farmland areas of the Canterbury Plains.
DAY 5 Saturday 28 January, 2023 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 6 Sunday 29 January, 2023 Auckland/Embarkation
This morning we fly from Christchurch to Auckland. In the afternoon we board the Majestic Princess for our cruise around New Zealand. Be up on deck as we cruise out of Auckland harbour.
DAY 7 Monday 30 January, 2023 Bay of Islands
Today we call into the far north of New Zealand and visit the spectacular Bay of Islands. We have a morning sightseeing tour and we visit Waitangi House, overlooking the Bay of Islands, where on February 6th, 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Maori natives and the British Crown. The Treaty House – built for the first British Resident, James Busby and his family is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most visited historic homes. The afternoon is free.
DAY 8 Tuesday 31 January, 2023 Tauranga/Rotorua
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 9 Wednesday 1 February, 2023 At sea
A day at sea to explore and enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship.
DAY 10 Thursday 2 February, 2023 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 Friday 3 February, 2023 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 on board 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 12 Saturday 4 February, 2023 Christchurch
We begin the day with 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. We then drive to the nearby village of Akaroa. Originally founded by the French, it is now a delightful town, still retaining the ambience of France.
DAY 13 Sunday 5 February, 2023 Dunedin
Our Dunedin train 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 14 Monday 6 February, 2023 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 amongst this wonderland of outstanding natural beauty.
DAY 15 Tuesday 7 February, 2023 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship.
DAY 16 Wednesday 8 February, 2023 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship.
DAY 17 Thursday 9 February, 2023 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 18 Friday 10 February, 2023 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the fabulous facilities of the ship.
DAY 19 Saturday 11 February, 2023 Sydney
This morning we dock in Sydney and the cruise concludes.
|Cabin||Description||Deck||Twin Fare||Single Fare|
|Included port and handling charges and ship gratuities||$710||$1,100|
|Included air taxes as at 1/11/2021||$60||$60|
Tour deposit fully refundable up to 90 days prior to departure
You can travel to New Zealand prior to the group for minimal extra cost. Please contact Travelrite 1800 630 343 for more information.
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.
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423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
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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.
“Being part of an organised tour was a new and enjoyable experience for us. We could relax because the Tour Manager had everything organised.”
“The Tairei Gorge out of Dunedin was our favourite – it had great scenery, bridges and tunnels!”