15 – 28 March 2018
With more than a third of the island encompassing reserves, National Parks and World Heritage sites, Tasmania’s unspoilt natural beauty and clean beaches will leave you wanting more.
Known as the ‘Apple Isle,’ highlights include Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park, the former infamous penal colony of Port Arthur, a wilderness train trip, a river cruise, captivating history and friendly down-to-earth people. Learn about the rich Georgian and Victorian colonial history, see wealthy graziers’ grand homesteads, sample local delicacies and enjoy very comfortable and unique accommodation.
The capital Hobart, finish for the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, is a modern city with the arts, food and entertainment and the famous Salamanca Market, while Launceston in the northern Tamar Valley is Australia’s oldest provincial centre. Visit Strahan, a pioneering port town, Stanley with its striking volcanic rock formation known as ‘The Nut’ and the stunning 3m high sculpture known as the ‘Wall in the Wilderness,’ built to commemorate those who helped shape the past and the present.
Tasmania is also known as the ‘Holiday Isle’ so why not be part of our new 14-day tour.
Thursday 15 Auckland – Melbourne – ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ L D
Morning departure on Air New Zealand to arrive in Melbourne mid-morning. Lunch is followed by a half-day city tour before embarking on ‘Spirit of Tasmania’ for an overnight sailing to Tasmania.
Friday 16 Devonport – Smithton B L D
Early morning arrival in the coastal city of Devonport followed by a morning city tour including the maritime museum. Travel by coach along the coast to the port of Bernie for lunch. Continue along the coast to your first overnight stay in Smithton.
Saturday 17 Smithton B L
After breakfast we have a full day tour to the north-west corner of the island including Woolnorth and nearby Cape Grim – reportedly home of the cleanest air and purest beef in the world. Return to Stanley in time for a chair lift ride up ‘The Nut’ before returning to Smithton for the night.
Sunday 18 Smithton – Strahan B L D
A full day’s scenic drive to Strahan with stops along the way including a tour into Lake St Clair National Park to see Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain. Lunch at Peppers Tavern before continuing on to the picturesque village of Strahan where the three-night accommodation overlooks Macquarie Harbour.
Monday 19 Strahan B L
After breakfast enjoy a Gordon River Cruise across Macquarie Harbour and up the river through Tasmanian wilderness. Return to Strahan. Tuesday 20 Strahan B L Today’s highlight is a half-day train journey on the West Coast Wilderness Railway through rainforests, gorges and alongside rivers from coastal Strahan.
Wednesday 21 Strahan – Hobart B L D
Our coach journey begins with a scenic drive to Derwent Bridge to visit the Wall in the Wilderness and lunch at the local hotel. Continue on visiting Mt Field National Park on the way to Hobart for a three night stay.
The Wall in the Wilderness – a timber sculpture depicting the history, hardship and perseverance of the Central Highland people and paying homage to those who settled and protected the area
Thursday 22 Hobart B D
A free day to explore the 19th – 21st century cafes and restaurants, the heritage charm and modern lifestyle of the capital city set on the Derwent River. Maybe climb Mt Wellington for great views or wander around the galleries, theatres or craft shops.
Friday 23 Hobart – Port Arthur – Hobart B L
After breakfast we take a day coach tour to the former penal settlement of Port Arthur with buildings and harsh stories of the mid-1800s. Take a tour of the township with a private guide and a boat trip out to the Isle of the Dead.
Founded in 1804, Hobart is the second oldest city in Australia after Sydney and the second-deepest natural port in the world. It hosts the finish of the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race, is set beneath the impressive Mt Wellington and retains much of its Georgian and Victorian architecture.
Saturday 24 Hobart – Freycinet National Park B D
After breakfast, we visit the famous Salamanca Markets before a scenic drive to Coles Bay in Freycinet National Park. Enjoy this special environment before a two-night stay in award-winning Freycinet Lodge set in the wilderness park.
Sunday 25 Freycinet B D
Our scenic tour of the Freycinet Peninsular includes Cape Tourville and beautiful Wineglass Bay lookout for the energetic ones. Return to our lodge for dinner and overnight.
Monday 26 Freycinet – Launceston B L
From our lodge we take the inland road to Ross, an historic town on the Macquarie River noted for its historic bridge and sandstone buildings; the former garrison of Campbell Town and the notable Woolmers Estate before arriving in Launceston for a two-night stay.
Tuesday 27 Launceston B L D
Our day tour of Launceston begins with a visit to the Beaconsfield mine and Heritage Centre, scene of a mine collapse in 2006 from which most of the men were rescued. Continue on to Cataract Gorge, a natural wilderness basin with wildlife, gardens and the longest single span chairlift in the world! Return to the hotel with the rest of the day free. Farewell Dinner tonight.
Wednesday 28 Launceston – Melbourne – Auckland B
An early morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Melbourne. Change planes and continue to Auckland arriving mid-afternoon. *Itinerary subject to change
Cost per person* NZD
Twin Share $6,281
Single Supplement +$1,573
Early Booking Discount $100 (If paid by 01 December 2017)
Previous Pukekohe Travel International Tour Client Discount $100
Land only Devonport – Launceston $please ask
* This is a cash/cheque price only. Credit cards incur a 2% fee
* Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline surcharges and currency fluctuations
* Return economy class flights Auckland – Melbourne
* Domestic flight Launceston - Melbourne
* Overnight ferry Melbourne - Devonport
* Air conditioned Coach
* Comfortable accommodation on a twin share basis
* West Coast Wilderness Railway journey
* Gordon River cruise
* Tour of Port Arthur including ferry ride
* Meals as specified
* National Park Entrance Fees; Explorer Tour Entrance Fees; Wall in the Wilderness Tour; Devonport Maritime Museum
* Transfers as specified
* Pukekohe Travel escort – subject to 20 persons travelling
* Items of a personal nature
* Airline taxes (approx. NZD220)
* Travel Insurance – please ask for a quote
* A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour
* Full payment due no later than 11 January 2018
Cancellations and Refunds
* Deposit non-refundable
* No refund after 11 January 2018
* A current New Zealand passport is required, valid for three months beyond return date of travel.
* A visa is not required for New Zealand Passport holders – all other nationalities – please ask.
A good standard of health is required including mobility
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