This journey across Australia and cruising to New Zealand is a wonderful, relaxing opportunity.
Enjoy the comfort of ‘Gold Class’ on-board the Indian Pacific train from Perth to Adelaide, an interesting cross-country coach ride through rural countryside to the Australian Capital of Canberra and onto Sydney to board Celebrity Solstice to cross the Tasman Sea to Auckland.
Experience goldmines, ghost towns, the beauty and colours of the Nullabor Plains; grapevines along the Murray River Valley, the cities of Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney before a cruise in local waters.
Sailing into Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds is an awe-inspiring experience and calling at ports up the east coast of New Zealand including the Bay of Islands completes a unique tour.
Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand, arriving mid-afternoon in Perth, the picturesque capital of Western Australia set on the Swan River, for a two night stay in a city hotel. Tonight meet your fellow travellers at a welcome dinner.
After breakfast, a full city tour includes Kings Park with its amazing views of the Swan River and city, the Bell Tower, CBD, WACA and an enjoyable drive to Freemantle to visit the historic prison, Maritime Museum and enjoy lunch on Freo’s Cappuccino Strip.
Continue along Perth’s attractive coastline and return to city with the remainder of the day at leisure.
After breakfast, transfer to the railway station to board ‘Indian Pacific’ train.
Depart Perth, travelling in ‘Gold Class’ with time to settle into your comfortable cabin – home for the next two days and nights.
• The Outback Explorer Lounge is the train’s centre of activity
• Gold Service guests dine in the classically-appointed Queen Adelaide Restaurant
• The Gold sleeper cabin has beds which converts to a seat by day
Gold Class Service Features
• Comfortable sleeper cabin
• Private en-suite in cabin (for twin or double)
• All-inclusive dining
• All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages
• All-inclusive off-train Excursions
The discovery of gold in the 1890s led to a population explosion as fortune seekers descended on the region. Today Kalgoolie-Boulder is the largest regional city in WA which still retains its sense of adventure and some of the characters of the early gold rush. Discover the city on your off-train excursion.
Stretch your legs and explore the old railway town of Cook, once a thriving community boasting a school, swimming pool, general store and housing to accommodate a population of 200. Now virtually abandoned, a self-guided map will allow you to walk and explore. 2.15pm - depart Cook with lunch served on-board
An early morning breakfast served on-board before evening arriving in Adelaide at 7:20am. On arrival coach travel to Seppeltsfield, enjoy a heritage tour of the winery and lunch before checking into your hotel at Glenelg. Remainder of the day at your leisure to walk along the beach or relax.
The capital of South Australia is situated on the River Torrens - a multi-cultural atmosphere, many river-walking trails and impressive Art Gallery.
With free time to explore, this city is the ideal stop-over before continuing your journey.
After breakfast enjoy a city tour of Adelaide including Central Market, historic North Terrace and the Adelaide Oval. Afternoon free for further sightseeing or retail therapy at the famous Rundle Mall.
After breakfast depart Adelaide along the Sturt Highway with a stop off at Waikerie and on to Mildura for lunch. Cross the Murray River and continue along the fertile Murray Valley to Swan Hill for an overnight stay.
A vibrant city on the banks of the fertile Murray River area, rich in history and agriculture, especially citrus and wine.
Depart Swan Hill with stops at Deniliquin and Wagga Wagga. Continue to Gundagai to view the legendary ‘Dog on the Tuckerbox’ and travel on to Australia’s capital Canberra for a two night stay.
This morning, our city sights tour includes Parliament House, Australian War Memorial and Embassy Row. At the conclusion of the city tour, an optional lunch cruise of Lake Burley Griffin is available.
Today travel to Circular Quay in downtown Sydney to join Celebrity Solstice, with a morning tea stop at Bowral along the way. Late lunch is available on board. Time in the afternoon to explore and orientate yourself with your home for the next 12 days. Sail out of Sydney Harbour through the ‘Heads’ late afternoon.
Time to explore the ship and the many places to relax or be entertained on board.
Time to savour cruising Milford Sound. Rain or shine it is always a jewel in New Zealand’s crown. Continue cruising into picturesque Doubtful and Dusky sounds in Fiordland National Park.
A full day to explore our most-Scottish city.
Today, either explore the quaint and picturesque Akaroa or travel into Christchurch to see the progress on the re-build.
A day to visit Te Papa and the ‘Great War Exhibition’ created by Peter Jackson, located in the Dominion Museum Building.
Step ashore at the working Port of Napier, set amid the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke's Bay. The city is known for its art deco landmarks and tree-lined waterfront promenade.
Be on deck as you sail alongside iconic Mount Maunganui into picturesque Pilot Bay. Either walk up or around the scenic Mount or enjoy the town centre with its stylish cafés and shops.
Solstice will seem to tower over the islands as this is a tender port.Step ashore to visit Paihia or take a ferry to Russell.
It is now time to farewell your new friends and disembark after breakfast.
• Economy air flight Auckland – Perth
• Transfers as stated
• Breakfast daily
• Meals as specified
• Two nights Perth - central hotel
• Two nights on board the Indian Pacific train (Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, water, tea and coffee included)
• Off-train excursions Kalgoolie and Cook
• Two nights Adelaide (Glenelg)
• One night Swan Hill
• Two nights Canberra - central hotel
• 12 days aboard Celebrity Solstice
Celebrity Solstice Gratuities, port taxes & fees
• Pukekohe Travel escort subject to 20 people travelling
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Twin Share||Single Supplement|
|Deluxe Balcony - Category 1A, 1B, 1C||$8,775||+$2,797|
|Inside Stateroom - Category 09 (one available)||$7,615||+$1,839|
|Business Class Upgrade||+$1,002|
|Premium Economy Class Upgrade||+$448|
|Early Booking Discount (01 December 2017)||$150|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$100|
*This is a cash or cheque 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
• Travel insurance – please ask us for a quote
• Airline taxes and Government fees (approx. NZ60)
• A non-refundable deposit of NZ$1200 per person will secure a place on this tour
• Full payment by 03 September 2018
• No refund after full payment
• From date of booking until 03 September 2018 – loss of deposit
• After 03 September 2018 – no refund
Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.
• A current passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel
• No visas are required for NZ Passport holders
• All others please ask
Checked-in luggage is not accessible during the train journey. Pack your cabin bag with the essentials for the two nights. Smart casual is recommended for the Queen Adelaide Restaurant on board the train.
• Daytime – comfortable touring clothes, good walking shoes. Evening – smart casual for hotels and on board the train
• Cruising: As above, with something more dressy for the special nights on board. Men – a jacket and long-sleeved shirt is fine. There are casual alternative restaurants.
Walking tours are an important part of the itinerary and a good standard of health is required with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs
Once on board, discover the innovative Celebrity Solstice, a ship that redefines cruising in New Zealand, ushering in a new era in style, accommodation options and indulgence.
On board, sample the ‘Tuscan Grill’, the Grand Epernay Dining Room, one of 26 martinis served on a bar counter of solid ice in the Martini Bar, the Solarium, the Lawn Club – a half acre of grass, musical spectaculars, other dining destinations and a myriad of additional activities and entertainment. All meals are included.
Three days at sea and one day cruising Milford, Doubtful & Dusky Sounds makes for an exceptionally relaxing cruise – enabling you to enjoy the ship – a destination in itself.
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* Itinerary subject to change