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Murray River Cruise

aboard the Proud Mary

Join our new tour to South Australia which includes a special 5-night Murray River Cruise aboard the Proud Mary. Plus five nights in the South Australian Capital of Adelaide which allows us time to explore highlights such as McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and the village of Hahndorf.

The Murray River in South Australia offers landscapes like no other. The 5 nights will be spent cruising the river watching Australian Native animals at play including Kangaroos and prolific bird life, plus you will come away with an education on this area, which helped shape the early days of Australia.

Your travel itinerary

Friday 14 June

Auckland - Adelaide

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Depart on Air New Zealand to arrive into Adelaide late morning. Transfer to our inner-city hotel with an afternoon to relax. A welcome dinner tonight to mix and mingle.


Saturday 15 June


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This morning we have a tour of Adelaide City including the Central City Markets. Free time this afternoon to further explore the city or take a tram ride to the vibrant seaside suburb of Glenelg.


Sunday 16 June

Adelaide - Board Proud Mary

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After breakfast we travel to the picturesque Adelaide Hills where we visit the attractive German settled town of Hahndorf. Time to wander the shops. Enjoy lunch at your leisure, before departing Hahndorf and on to board the Proud Mary late afternoon. This evening we cruise upstream under floodlight to our overnight mooring at Woodlane. Enjoy viewing the nocturnal wildlife especially birds such as night herons, owls and coots.


Monday 17 June

Onboard Proud Mary

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This morning we cruise upstream to arrive in Mannum. We step ashore and explore the Dock Museum which details the Pioneering history of the region. We return to the boat and cruise to Walker Flat. The bird life here is prolific. Tonight, we celebrate Australia night including traditional bush foods, barramundi and even Tasmanian scallops. To finish the day a nocturnal Discovery Tour is available tonight.


Tuesday 18 June

Onboard Proud Mary

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Today we continue upstream to Swan Reach. We step ashore to explore the township before returning onboard for lunch. This afternoon we drive to Costa Brothers Almond Farm for a tour. The Almond Industry is the fastest growing crop in Australia. We return to the boat and cruise to our evening mooring at Sugar Shack, an astronomers paradise as this site is a Dark Sky Reserve. 


Wednesday 19 June

Onboard Proud Mary

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We start the day with an absorbing ecological walk around Sugar Shack. We cruise mid-morning back to Swan Reach to explore the arts and crafts and motor museum before cruising to the Towering Cliffs of Big Bend. Here we take a small boat cruise through the lagoons and inlets led by an ecological expert. Siting some of the 320 species of birdlife in this area. This evening we relax around a traditional Aussie BBQ. 



Thursday 20 June

Onboard Proud Mary

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This morning we tour the Ngaut Ngaut Aboriginal conservation area. Keep an eye out for the rock art and the views from the cliff tops are astonishing. The history dates back thousands of years and your local guide brings the area to life. We return to Mannum for free time, before a silver service Captains dinner onboard.


Friday 21 June

Disembark Proud Mary - Adelaide

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Today we cruise downstream to Woodlane. Here you will visit Mypolonga, a small rural school, Aussie Apricots a third generation run orchard and the revolution Motor Museum. We return to the boat for lunch and cruise downstream to Murray Bridge. We say farewell and transfer to Adelaide. After checking into our hotel in the seaside suburb of Glenelg, the remainder of your day is at leisure.


Saturday 22 June

Adelaide – McLaren Vale – Adelaide

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Today we discover some of the best food and wine in McLaren Vale including a visit to the spectacular d’Arenberg Cube. Lunch at the Singapore Circus Restaurant will be a highlight.


Sunday 23 June


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Today a day at leisure to follow your own interests. Why not explore the city centre, take in a museum or art gallery or sit and relax in the seaside suburb of Glenelg. Farewell Dinner tonight.


Monday 24 June

Adelaide - Auckland

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Transfer to the airport for a late morning departure. Welcome home.



• Return Air New Zealand economy seat and bag flights Auckland / Adelaide

• Five nights hotel accommodation in Adelaide

• Adelaide City Sights Tour including the Central City Markets

• McLaren Vale Tour & The Cube

• All transfers on tour

• 5 nights onboard Proud Mary in an Outside Cabin ( twin beds ) cruising roundtrip from Murray Bridge and including on board meals, entertainment & select on-shore tours

• Visit Hahndorf & the Adelaide Hills

• All touring as per the itinerary

•  10 breakfasts.

• 6 lunches.

• 7 dinners


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 

$ 7,745

$ 9,997

*This is a cash price. Credit cards will incur a 1.5% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


• Items of a personal nature

• Travel Insurance is essential (please ask us for a quote)

• Airline and airport taxes (approx. $260)

• Items not specified

Booking Conditions

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

• Full payment is due no later than 01 April 2024


• From the date of booking to 01 April 2024 – loss of deposit

• After 01 April 2024 – no refund

Travel Insurance

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

General Information


It is essential you can manage your own suitcase. A bag with wheels is an advantage when travelling through airports.


Max                 Min

Adelaide                  16 ˚c               8 ˚c    


• A current passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel - check

• No visa is required for New Zealand Passport holders - check

• All other passport holders – please ask



• Australian dollars



Health and Fitness

To ensure the tour is enjoyable for you and others in the group, a reasonable standard of fitness and mobility is required. If you are over 80 years of age the Proud Mary Cruise asks for a certificate of fitness from you GP. You can be excluded from this requirement if you are travelling with Comprehensive Travel Insurance.

Ship Information

Proud Mary

The Proud Mary has recently undergone refurbishment to ensure your stay is as comfortable as possible. You can order a drink and venture out onto the Proud Mary’s spacious open decks or enjoy the intimate lounge and dining areas. The Captain’s commentary may spark an interest to peruse the vessel’s resource centre and learn more from one of the many books available on board. Canoes are available free of charge to enable our passengers to explore at their leisure any spectacular mooring locations or to discover the backwaters. For those who like a spot of fishing, reels and baits are also available. The Proud Mary boasts 18 spacious ensuite river view cabins. 

With only one room type, each cabin has:

• Individually controlled air conditioning units

• Private ensuite

• Tea/coffee making facilities

• Hair dryers

The Wheelhouse is open to all passengers to visit at any time. You can see first-hand how the boat is run, ask questions of the Captain and even take the wheel yourself if you’d like to.


Terms and Conditions

For full terms and conditions please visit our website www.pukekohetravel.co.nz/termsandconditions or please ask our tour consultant for a copy


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change