• Escorted Tour

Tasmania - March

a Pristine Wilderness

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-toearth 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 fifth 14-day tour.

Your travel itinerary

Wednesday 15 March

Auckland – Hobart – Launceston

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Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand flight directly into Hobart. On arrival, travel by coach to Launceston. Welcome dinner tonight

Thursday 16 March

Launceston – Smithon

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This morning a scenic drive to Devonport to visit the local Maritime Museum before lunch in the coastal town of Bernie. Continue along the scenic coast to see the famous “nut”, before arriving in Smithton. 

Friday 17 March


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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.

Saturday 18 March

Smithton – Strahan

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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.

Sunday 19 March


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Today’s highlight is a half-day train journey on the West Coast Wilderness Railway through rainforests, gorges and alongside rivers from coastal Strahan

Monday 20 March

Strahan – Hobart

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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. 

Tuesday 21 March


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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.

Wednesday 22 March

Hobart – Port Arthur – Hobart

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After breakfast we take a day coach tour to the former penal settlement of Port Arthur with buildings and harsh stories of the mid1800s. 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.

Thursday 23 March

Hobart – Freycinet National Park

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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.

Friday 24 March


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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.

Saturday 25 March

Freycinet – Launceston

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This morning we travel north on the coastal road through Bicheno, Bay of Fires and include a stop at St Helens for lunch. We continue on and visit a local Lavender farm this afternoon before arriving at our central accommodation in Launceston.

Launceston – Tasmania’s second major city is set on the confluence of the North and South Esk rivers which then become the Tamar River. With its colonial and Victorian architecture and history, culture, nature, food and wine, the city is a major attraction for many vistors. 

Sunday 26 March


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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. Dinner in the hotel tonight.

Monday 27 March

Launceston – Hobart

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After breakfast we head south to see the famous carvings at Campbell Town, the Historic Bridge at Ross and the Oatlands – Callington Mill before arriving into Hobart for our final night. Farewell dinner in the hotel tonight

Tuesday 28 March

Hobart – Auckland

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An early morning transfer to the airport for a flight Hobart to Auckland direct with Air New Zealand


• Air New Zealand Return Air New Zealand - economy - The Works airfare

• Air conditioned Coach

• 14 nights in 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 travellin


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle
   $7,923  $9,438
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*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


• Items of a personal nature

• Airline taxes (approx. NZD$255)

• Travel Insurance is essential – please ask for a quote

• Items not specified

Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour

• Full payment due no later than 28 January 2023


• From date of booking until 28 January 2023 – loss of deposit

• After 28 January 2023– no refund

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

General Information

Temperatures   High 18˚c   Low 08˚


• 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. • International Vaccination Passport

Health and Fitness

A good standard of health and fitness is required and clients should be independently mobile and able to walk unaided.

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Covid-19 Vaccination

All travelers must be fully vaccinated and be able to provide a copy of the Ministry of Health International Vaccine Record Card with proof of your full Covid-19 vaccination.


• If this tour is cancelled/postponed due to Covid-19 Government travel restrictions Pukekohe Travel reserves the right, in addition to any supplier imposed amendment and cancellation fees, to charge a service and administrative fee of $500 per person.

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• You cannot begin or continue to travel if you have received a positive Covid-19 test in the last 14 days

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* Itinerary subject to change