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The Ghan & West Coast Cruise

Australia Cruise and Rail

Our cruise / rail tours continue their popularity and this is a rare opportunity to join a cruise in Darwin after the legendary rail journey through the heart of Australia.  Sitting back in Gold Class from Adelaide to Darwin on the iconic Ghan Train is one of the world’s great train journeys that is not to be missed. 

Darwin offers history, UNESCO Kakadu National Park - 20,000km2 of wetlands and colourful landscapes enriched with wildlife and historic aboriginal art .

The Crown Princess is a very comfortable 4-star cruise ship with all the bells and whistles to entertain you.  

This rail / cruise experience encompasses iconic Australia at its best.


Your travel itinerary

Monday 14 April

Auckland – Adelaide

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A morning departure on Air New Zealand for our flight to Adelaide.  On arrival enjoy a city tour of Adelaide and check in mid-afternoon at your beachfront accommodation. Welcome Dinner.


Tuesday 15 April


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After breakfast travel to the Barossa Valley for a lunch and a tour of the vintage Seppeltsfield Winery. Return to the city with the remainder of the afternoon free.


Wednesday 16 April

Adelaide – The Ghan Train

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A relaxing morning before transferring to the Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal to board The Ghan. 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 17 April

Alice Springs – Katherine

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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.  Re-board the train and relax as your journey continues north to Katherine. 

Friday 18 April

8 Katherine – Darwin

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Arrive in Katherine, home of the stunning Katherine Gorge and rich indigenous history. A cruise along the jaw-dropping Nitmiluk Gorge or time with the local Aboriginal people are part of the wide range of options today. Arrive in Darwin early evening.


Saturday 19 April


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Today is free to explore Darwin at your own pace or enjoy some retail therapy. 

Sunday 20 April


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Enjoy a morning city sightseeing tour which includes Darwin’s history and landscapes. The Aviation Museum and the Royal Flying Doctors Museum are additional options. Lunch at Stokes Wharf and an afternoon at your leisure.

Monday 21 April


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This morning, depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, passing major river systems and wetland regions into Kakadu National Park. Return to Darwin this evening.

The international-acclaimed Kakadu is an enormous, unique natural reserve with wetlands, rivers, sandstone escarpments, and waterfalls and is home to more than 20,000 plant species, crocodiles, flatback turtles and exotic birdlife. 


Tuesday 22 April


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A day to explore Darwin at your own pace and interest. A lovely garden walkway along the shoreline is on your doorstep. 

Wednesday 23 April


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An early morning start for the drive to Litchfield National Park. The gorgeous, historical town of Batchelor is the gateway to Litchfield National Park. View the termite mounds found at Litchfield National Park and the spectacular double waterfall of Florence Falls from a high vantage point. Return to Darwin this evening.

Thursday 24 April


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After breakfast, enjoy a full day at your leisure. Why not explore Darwin by Hop-on Hop-Off bus or take a stroll through the botanical gardens.

Friday 25 April

Darwin – Crown Princess

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After breakfast, transfer to the Darwin Cruise Terminal to board ‘Crown Princess,’ your home for the next eight nights. 

Saturday 26 April

At Sea

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There’s always something happening on board — from heading to the Princess Theater for a lavish original musical production to enjoying a blockbuster movie poolside under the stars or simply relaxing in a lounge sipping a cocktail where a live band is playing your song.

Sunday 27 April

Kimberley Coast

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Although the mainland has been inhabited for many years, the ruggedly beautiful Kimberley Coastline remains unspoilt. With dramatic red cliffs, reefs, islands and aquamarine waters, cruising the Indian Ocean is a great way to see it all.


Monday 28 April

Yampi Sound Scenic Cruising

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The crystal-clear waters and natural beauty continue with more opportunities to spot a wide range of marine life. 


Tuesday 29 April


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Broome was known as the “pearling capital of the world” when Japanese, Chinese and Aboriginal divers toiled in arduous conditions to harvest the pearls. Although still a remote outpost, it has become a popular tourist destination. 


Wednesday 30 April

At Sea

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Thursday 01 May

At Sea

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Friday 02 May


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Boasting beautiful beaches, this city makes it a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts. The city also has a rich maritime history, with attractions like the HMAS Sydney II Memorial and the Geraldton Museum showcasing its naval heritage.


Saturday 03 May


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Arrive in ‘Freo’, rich in maritime and penal colony history, picturesque and the gateway to Western Australia’s capital.  Disembark and enjoy a Perth City tour before a Farewell Dinner. 


Sunday 04 May

Perth – Auckland

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A leisurely morning before transferring to the airport for an evening departure to Auckland.

Please contact us if you wish to extend your stay in Perth!



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

• All transfers as per itinerary

• Meals as per itinerary

• Two nights’ hotel accommodation in Adelaide including breakfast

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

• Off-train excursions

• Seven nights’ hotel accommodation in Darwin including breakfast

• Darwin City city sightseeing tour

• Full Day Kakadu Tour

• Full Day Litchfield Tour 

• 8 nights aboard ‘Crown Princess’ in a stateroom of your choice

• ‘Crown Princess’ gratuities, port taxes and fees

• One night Perth

• Perth city sights tour

• Farewell Dinner Perth

• Pukekohe Travel escort - subject to 20 people travelling


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle 
 Balcony Stateroom  $15,295  $19,663
Oceanview Stateroom $14,895  $18,995
Business Class Upgrade   (Perth to Auckland Only)

+$2,260    per person

Premium Economy Class Upgrade   (Perth to Auckland Only)

+$1,615    per person

Early Booking Discount ( 20 September 2024) $150
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. NZD250)

• 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 20 November 2024



• From the date of booking until 20 November 2024 – loss of deposit

• After 20 November 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



Adelaide.    23˚C.      14˚C 

Alice Springs.  29˚C      12˚C

Darwin.       33˚C.        24˚C

Perth.        22˚C.      12˚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 Stateroom 44mFeaturing two twin beds or a queen-size bed. Amenities include a refrigerator, hair dryer, TV, closet and bathroom with shower.Plus a spacious picture window.

Balcony Stateroom 65m2 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.

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