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Cruise & The Ghan

Adelaide, Darwin, Sydney

The popularity of our rail / cruise tours continues with Kiwis enjoying their close-up experiences of heartland Australia before relaxing on their cruise to Sydney.

This is a rare opportunity to join a cruise in Darwin after the fascinating Ghan rail journey in Gold Class from Adelaide through ever-changing landscapes and excursions in Alice Springs and Katherine before arriving in Darwin at the end of ‘The Wet’ when the countryside in the north is unusually green!!
Enjoy three nights in Darwin and Litchfield National Park - 1500 sq km of stunning waterfalls, lush waterholes, natural and colourful landscapes and two metre high termite mounds.– a highlight before boarding ‘Sea Princess’ for a ten-night cruise to Sydney.
The ‘Sea Princess’ is a very comfortable 4 star cruise ship with all the bells and whistles to entertain you for your six sea days as you cruise via Cairns and Alotau in Papua New Guinea to Brisbane and Sydney.

Why not join our exclusive Ghan / Princess Cruise tour to Australia in March 2020?

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Your travel itinerary

Friday 20 March

Auckland – Adelaide

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Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand, arriving mid-morning in Adelaide, the picturesque capital of South Australia for a two night stay.
Enjoy a city tour of Adelaide including Central Market, Historic North Terrace and the Adelaide Oval. After lunch travel to Glenelg and check into your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Saturday 21 March


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After breakfast, enjoy a coach journey to the Barossa Valley, followed by a heritage tour and lunch at Seppeltsfield Winery. Later return to your hotel with the afternoon free.

Sunday 22 March


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A relaxing morning before transferring to the Adelaide Parklands Rail Terminal where you will board The Ghan to travel by rail from Adelaide to Darwin in Gold Class. Prepare for a journey of comfort, relaxation and a touch of adventure, as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia.

Monday 23 March

Alice Springs

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Step off the train this morning in Marla and warm yourself with a morning cuppa against the stunning backdrop of an outback sunrise. Travel through the rich red landscapes of the Northern Territory before arriving into Alice Springs, the heart of the Red Centre. This afternoon a number of included optional excursions are available.

Tuesday 24 March

Katherine - Darwin

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Continue your adventure by making a stop in Katherine this morning, home of the stunning Katherine Gorge and rich in Indigenous history. An exciting choice of optional excursions are available.
Enjoy a late lunch back on board The Ghan before arriving into Darwin early evening.

Wednesday 25 March


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Enjoy a morning city sightseeing tour which includes a Bombing of Darwin tour - the WWII defences, the stories behind the darkest day in the city’s history and time at the Military Museum.
Later head out on to the Harbour to enjoy the city from a different perspective with the afternoon free to explore or relax.

Thursday 26 March

Darwin – Litchfield National Park - Darwin

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This morning travel out of Darwin to Litchfield National Park. The natural beauty of the park will amaze as you visit Wangi Falls and Florence Falls. See misty waterfalls, lush waterholes and impressive magnetic termite mounds surrounded by natural rainforests. There may be time for a swim in Buley Rockhole.

Friday 27 March


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A free day to immerse yourself in Darwin with its many attractions and laid-back lifestyle before an evening Dinner Cruise on board the ‘Charles Darwin.’

Saturday 28 March

Darwin - Embark ‘Sea Princess’

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A relaxed morning before transferring to the cruise terminal to embark ‘Sea Princess.’ Your cruise includes all on-board meals and entertainment.

Sunday 29 March

Cruising at Sea

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A day cruising at sea. Why not treat yourself and dine at one of the delicious specialty restaurants this evening and why not catch a Broadway-style show in the theatre to complete a perfect evening on board.

Monday 30 March

At Sea

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Today you will be cruising at sea. Pamper yourself and pay a visit to the spa for a relaxing massage or beauty treatment.

Tuesday 31 March


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Cairns is one of Australia’s hottest vacation destinations, boasting three of Australia’s great natural wonders. Just offshore are immense bastions of living coral which form the Great Barrier Reef. Sixteen miles of superb beaches stretch to the north of the city - the famed Marlin Coast and inland lays 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.

Wednesday 01 April

At Sea

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Thursday 02 April

Alotau – Papua New Guinea

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Alotau is a sleepy little town built on the hillsides of the northern shore of Milne Bay. It became the provincial capital in 1968 when administrators were moved from overcrowded Samarai Island. Alotau and the coastal strip either side played a pivotal role in the WWII Battle of Milne Bay. The town’s sights might soak up some time, but the real attractions lie beyond Alotau, amid the beautifully set capes, coves and islands of Milne Bay.

Friday 03 April

At Sea

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Saturday 04 April

At Sea

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Sunday 05 April


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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 06 April

At Sea

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Tuesday 07 April

Sydney - Auckland

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This morning you will arrive into Sydney Harbour and disembark ‘Sea Princess.’
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Auckland for an evening arrival.

Options: Why not extend your stay for a two night stop-over package in Sydney and enjoy the sights?


  • Economy flights Auckland – Adelaide // Sydney - Auckland

  • Transfers as specified

  • Two night’s hotel accommodation in Adelaide including breakfast

  • Half-day tour in Adelaide

  • Barossa Valley Tour & lunch

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

  • Off-train excursions in Alice Springs and Katherine

  • Four nights Darwin pre-cruise

  • Welcome Dinner in Darwin

  • Half day Darwin city sights tour

  • Full day Litchfield National Park Tour

  • Buffet Dinner Cruise in Darwin

  • 10 nights aboard ‘Sea Princess’ in the Stateroom of your choice

  • Welcome Cocktail Party on board ‘Sea Princess’

  • Sea Princess gratuities, port taxes & fees

  • Pukekohe Travel escort, subject to 20 people travelling


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSinglE
 Balcony Stateroom       $12,130 $16,256
 Oceanview Stateroom $10,996 $12,745
 Inside Stateroom                      $9,861  $12,099
Business Class Upgrade +$950
Premium Economy Class Upgrade +$620
Early Booking Discount ( 231 October 2019 ) $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

• Airport & Airline taxes – approx. NZD200

• Shore Excursions

• Items not specified

Booking Conditions

  •  A non-refundable deposit of $2500 per person will secure a place on this tour
  • Full payment by 21 December 2019
  • No refund after full payment

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From date of booking until 21 December 2019 – loss of deposit

  • After 21 December 2019 – no refund

Travel Insurance

We advise all participants to take out suitable travel insurance to cover cancellation costs
• Please ask us for a quote

General Information


Sydney        21˚c    15˚c                                                            
Brisbane      26˚c    17˚c
Darwin             32˚c     24˚c  
Alice Springs       27˚c    12˚c    
Adelaide   21˚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.


A good standard of fitness is required for this tour. The ability to walk unaided for 400 metres is essential. The train is unstable while travelling, therefore you need to be firm-of-foot.


• 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.

Health and Fitness

A good standard of health is required and clients should be independently mobile with the ability to walk at unaided on uneven surfaces and negotiate stairs.
The train can be unstable while travelling, therefore you need to be firm-of-foot.

Ship and Ghan Information

Average Length of Train: 774m

Average Weight of Train: 1400 tonnes (based on locomotives & 30 carriages)
Length of Track: 2979km

Length of Journey: 54 hours

Average Speed of Train: 85km/hr (Maximum speed 115km/hr)

Symbol: The Ghan’s emblem is a camel and its handler in recognition of the pioneering Afghan cameleers

Average number of Carriages: 30 including guest carriages, crew quarters, restaurants, lounges and power vans


‘Sea Princess’

Sea Princess, a mid-sized, Sun-class cruise ship, is known for its top quality food and service. The four-story Atrium, Vista Lounge, tantalising dining options, a Vegas-style casino and a variety of incredible entertainment choices including Movies Under the Stars* provide a relaxing retreat.

Sailing into Fiordland’s Milford, Doubtful and Dusky sounds is a special experience, while arriving and berthing in New Zealand ports including the picturesque Bay of Islands is a special experience.

 Length                         261m

Refurbished                 November 2015

Tonnage                      77,499

Speed                         22 knots / 41 kph

Decks                          14

Passengers                 1950

Crew                           910


Cabin Categories

Inside Stateroom

Featuring two twin beds or a queen-size bed. Other amenities include a refrigerator, hair dryer, TV and bathroom with shower.

Oceanview Stateroom

Enjoy the added benefit of a view of the ocean from either a picture window or porthole that brings in natural light. This stateroom includes all the amenities of an interior room.

Balcony Stateroom

This impressive stateroom offers the added indulgence of a balcony which gives you more space than a standard stateroom.
Enjoy your own private outdoor space with a table and two chairs.

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