• Escorted Tour

the Ghan & East Coast Cruise

Australia Cruise and Rail

Our Australian Rail & Cruise Tours continue their popularity and this is an opportunity to join a tour in Adelaide and experience the legendary rail journey through the heart of Australia from Adelaide to Darwin on the iconic Ghan Train. 

Sitting back in Gold Class on one of the world’s great train journeys is not to be missed. This fascinating journey of ever-changing landscapes includes excursions to Alice Springs and Katherine Gorge before arriving in Darwin. Off-train excursions, sightseeing and accommodation in Darwin and Adelaide are all included. Then step aboard the Crown Princess Cruises in Darwin to cruise via Cairns and Brisbane to Sydney. The ‘Crown Princess’ is a comfortable 4-star cruise ship with all the bells and whistles to entertain you for nine nights of luxury. We have limited space available and we hope you can join us on another of our Australian adventures.

Your travel itinerary

Monday 05 May

Auckland – Adelaide

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Depart on Air New Zealand to arrive into Adelaide late morning. Enjoy an Adelaide City Sights tour before we transfer to our beach front hotel in Glenelg with an afternoon to relax. A Welcome Dinner tonight to mix and mingle.

Tuesday 06 May


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After breakfast, we travel to the Barossa Valley, followed by a heritage tour and lunch at Seppeltsfield Winery. After lunch, return to Glenelg. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Wednesday 07 May

Adelaide – The Ghan Train

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This morning transfer to the Adelaide Rail Terminal to board The Ghan Train. Prepare for a journey of comfort, relaxation and a touch of adventure, as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. 

Thursday 08 May

Alice Springs

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Continue your journey aboard The Ghan making a sunrise stop in Marla, an Australian outback post, before continuing onto Alice Springs - the heart of the Red Centre. Experience a choice of optional activities in Alice Springs, visit various landmarks such as  Simpson’s Gap or meet the wildlife of the outback.  Re-board the train and relax as your journey continues north to Katherine.


Friday 09 May

The Ghan Train – Katherine – Darwin

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A relaxing morning onboard the Ghan Train before an afternoon arrival at Katherine, home of the stunning Katherine Gorge which is rich in Indigenous history. A jaw-dropping cruise on the Nitmiluk Gorge or time with the local Aboriginal people are part of the range of options. Arrive in Darwin early evening and transfer to your hotel.

Saturday 10 May


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A full day to explore Darwin and uncover some Northern Territory gems with a Hop-on Hopoff bus tour. Discover the best of Darwin, including the lush Botanic Gardens, crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove and fascinating local history at the Military Museum, at your leisure.  


Sunday 11 May


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After breakfast transfer to the renowned Crown Princess. Depart Darwin Harbour late afternoon for nine nights of luxury.

Monday 12 May

- Wednesday 14 At Sea

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Time cruising at sea to explore all that the Crown Princess has to offer.  Why not treat yourself and dine at one of the delicious specialty restaurants this evening and later catch a Broadway-style show in the theatre to complete a perfect evening on board.

Thursday 15 May


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Cairns is one of Australia’s hottest vacation destinations. Sixteen miles of superb beaches stretch to the north of the city - the famed Marlin Coast, and inland lies the immense Daintree National Park. Cairns itself basks in tropical sunshine and balmy breezes waft in from Trinity Bay. The city’s graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland.

Friday 16 May

Willis Island

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A scenic cruise by this tiny island sitting beyond the Great Barrier Reef in the Crown Sea Islands Territory. Wildlife numbering into the thousands, Willis Island itself caters to many species of seabirds, including Masked, Brown and Red-footed Boobies that cry out nearly day round.

Saturday 17 May

Cruising at Sea

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Sunday 18 May


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The cool and casual capital of Queensland offers all the glitz and glam of a big city, without the big city airs. Located on the banks of the Brisbane River and surrounded by rolling hills, this urban oasis is certainly a great day out.

Monday 19 May

Cruising at Sea

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Another cruising day. Pamper yourself and pay a visit to the spa for a relaxing massage or beauty treatment.

Tuesday 20 May

Sydney – Auckland

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This morning we disembark the Crown Princess and transfer to Sydney International Airport for your flight home.

Please ask us about extending your stay in Sydney!



• Economy air travel on Air New Zealand Auckland – Adelaide //Sydney – Auckland 

• Two nights’ accommodation in Adelaide

• Adelaide city sights tour

• Heritage Tour and lunch at Sepplesfield, Barossa Valley

• All international transfers as per itinerary

• Daily breakfast, 11 lunches and 12 dinners

• Two nights’ on-board ‘The Ghan’ train in Gold Class (Beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, water, tea, coffee and meals included)

• Off-train excursions in Alice Springs and Katherine included

• Two nights’ air-conditioned hotel accommodation in Darwin including breakfast

• Hop-on-hop-off Bus Ticket, Darwin

• 9 nights aboard the Crown Princess in a stateroom of your choice

• All meals included onboard the Crown Princess

• Crown Princess gratuities, port taxes and fees 

• Pukekohe Travel escort - subject to 20 people travelling


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
 Balcony Stateroom  $12,985 $17,245
 Oceanview Stateroom  $12,455  $16,512
Premium Economy Class Upgrade P.O,A
Early Booking Discount (30 September 2024 ) $150 per person
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount $100

*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


• Travel Insurance – compulsory (please ask us for a quote)

• Items of a personal nature

• Airport and airline taxes (approx. $270)

• Crown Princess Shore Excursions 

• Beverages onboard Crown Princess

Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of $3,500  per person will secure a place on this trip

• Full payment is due no later than 06 December 2024


• From the date of booking until 06 December 2024 – loss of deposit

• After 06 December 2024 - no refund

Travel Insurance

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

General Information


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

• No visa is required for New Zealand Passport holders 

• All other passport holders – please ask

Temperature.   Max.   Min, 

Adelaide          26˚C    18˚C

Alice Springs.  23˚C    8˚C

Darwin.            32˚C.  22˚C


Checked-in luggage is not accessible during the train journey. Pack your cabin bag with the essentials for the three nights on The Ghan.  Smart casual is required 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/cruise.

Health and Mobility

A good standard of fitness is required for this tour.  The ability to walk unaided for 500 meters is essential.  The train is unstable while travelling, therefore you need to be firm-of-foot. It is expected you will arrive on tour fit, healthy and ready to travel.

Ship Information

Crown Princess - With its elegant design and luxurious amenities, the Crown Princess offers passengers an unforgettable experience at sea. From its nearly 900 balconies providing stunning ocean views to its three-story atrium exuding grandeur, the Crown Princess is designed to impress. Explore ashore and return to a relaxing atmosphere filled with world-class entertainment and dining – it’s a perfect balance of adventure and luxury.

Length 290m

Refurbished April 2018

Passengers 3080

Crew 1200

Ocean View Twin Share Approx. 44-64m2

This stateroom includes all the amenities of an interior room. A spacious picture window for memorable views and which brings in natural light.


Balcony Twin Share  - Approx. 65-68m2 , including balcony

This impressive stateroom offers the added indulgence of a balcony and gives you more space than a standard stateroom. Enjoy your own private outdoor space to relax, dine or take in the inspiring scenery surrounding you.

The Ghan

• The Outback Explorer Lounge is the train’s centre of activity

• Gold Service Guests dine in the classically-appointed Queen Adelaide Restaurant

• Gold Twin - a comfortable sleeper cabin features private en-suite and upper and lower berths that convert to a three-seater lounge by day

• Gold Single - a compact sleeper cabin features a bed that converts to a seat by day and shared shower/ toilet facilities located at the end of the carriage

Gold Class Service Features

• All-inclusive dining. A regionally inspired menu paired with a selection of local wines

• All-inclusive Australian wines, beers, base spirits and non-alcoholic beverages


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