New Zealand Rail & Sail
featuring Celebrity Solstice & RM31
Welcome to our new exclusive Rail and Sail holiday exploring Tasmania and New Zealand. This fully escorted journey begins with a 12-night cruise departing from Sydney on the modern and luxurious Celebrity Solstice. Enjoy a visit to Tasmania before you cruise onto the ‘land of the long white cloud’. Cruise through the spectacular Fiordland National Park, discover the wildlife and Scottish heritage of Dunedin, explore the charming, French-styled village of Akaroa, take in the geysers and Maori culture of Rotorua and relax in the beautiful Bay of Islands.
The day after your arrival into Auckland, your heritage rail adventure begins! Join our panoramic, two-day journey from Auckland to Wellington aboard the historic, privately chartered railcar RM31, ‘Tokomaru’. Named after a Maori canoe, the rail motor was built in 1938 and retains all her art deco charm. Enroute visit the beautiful Hotel Chateau Tongariro for dinner and an overnight stay. Chateau Tongariro is charmingly nestled under the backdrop of the stunning 2,797m high Mount Ruapehu.
Then it’s onwards to Palmerston North and the quirky capital of Wellington. With two nights here you’ll also enjoy an exclusive visit to the famous Martinborough wine region, famous for pinot noir, with winery lunch and numerous tastings.
Join us on this unique journey. All aboard!
Departs 27 October 2019 - 16 nights
- 12-night cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice including all main meals, gratuities and entertainment
- Classic onboard beverage package (for bookings in Oceanview and above)
- Welcome aboard function
- Waiheke Island day trip with wine tastings and light lunch
- 1 night Auckland accommodation with breakfast
- 2 day privately chartered heritage railcar experience aboard RM31
- 1 night Chateau Tongariro accommodation with dinner and breakfast
- 2 nights Wellington accommodation with breakfast daily
- Martinborough wine region experience with lunch
- Coach transfers in Auckland, Tongariro National Park and Wellington
- One way Economy class airfare from Wellington to Sydney
- Professional Cruise Express Tour Manager
from: $4,790* pp twin
from: $7,990* solo
Staterooms with ample living space with a sofa and sitting area – a home away from home.
from: $5,690* pp twin
from: $9,490* solo
Private sanctuaries where you’ll enjoy both in and outdoor space – relax in the spacious lounge or step outside to linger over morning coffee, or be amazed by evening sunsets.
from: $5,790* pp twin
from: $9,790* solo
Designed for the traveller who settles in nicely to balcony staterooms where little details make a big difference.
from: $6,090* pp twin
from: $9,790* solo
For the ultimate Spa enthusiast, the serene AquaClass® Staterooms are located close to the stunning Aquaspa®, offering a beautiful balcony and some in-room extras to help you relax. You will also have access to your own restaurant, Blu, which offers healthy and delicious breakfast and dinner exclusively for AquaClass guests.
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Pahiatua Railcar Society
Six rail motors were built at the NZR Hutt Workshops between 1938 and 1939, each with a semi-streamlined design featuring slanting ends. Each car had two compartments, the larger with 36 seats (second class) and the smaller with 12 seats (first class) or 16 seats (second class) but later became second-class only. The original silver body colour with a green stripe was inconspicuous, and was soon replaced by plain red with grey or black roofs and later still became red with silver (later white) stripes and a grey roof. All six of the Standard railcars were named after Māori canoes.
The Standard railcars were first used to operate a fast return service from Wellington to New Plymouth, and soon a Hawkes Bay service between Wairoa and Napier was added, along with a Sundays-only return service from Napier to Wellington. In 1943, the Wairoa-Napier service was extended to serve Gisborne. The Standard railcars never operated in the South Island and were withdrawn in 1972. Two-thirds of the class have been preserved.
RM31 was for a time stored at Masterton, but was later placed on loan to the Pahiatua Railcar Society at Pahiatua. The car was later bequeathed to the society along with the manuals and spare parts. The car was then brought up to mainline standards in late 2011 with ditchlights mounted in headstocks. The first revenue run (as a heritage rail vehicle) was on 12 February 2012.
Built: 1938 Hutt Workshops for New Zealand Government Railways
Entered Service: 1930
Length: 20.7 metres Weight: 30 tons
Capacity: 48-52 passengers
Maximum Speed: 100 kmh
To enquire call 1300 766 537 or complete the form below
New Zealand Rail and Sail
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: A non-refundable deposit of $750 per person is required at the time of reservation. There is no charge for direct deposits or payment by cheque. Credit card payments incur the following fees: 1.2% Visa & Mastercard / 2% American Express / 3% Diners Club. Offer is not combinable with other promotions, is capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice. All fares are subject to the terms and conditions set out by Cruise Express and its suppliers, which may be obtained at the time of confirmation. All fares and inclusions may be withdrawn at any time. Heritage rail equipment and timetables are subject to change. Cruise Express reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions, and to cancel any product or service offered in the event of such error or omission. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance at the time of booking.