Special offer – free onboard beverages in Balcony stateroom or above

Media Release, 28 May 2019


Ship and train lovers will all be happy on an exclusive, new, rail and sail cruise tour to New Zealand this October.

Cruise Express has released the fully hosted ‘New Zealand Rail and Sail’ itinerary, offering complimentary, onboard drinks for bookings made in Balcony staterooms or above. The offer is available until sold out.

The 16-night package features a 12-night cruise aboard Celebrity Solstice from Sydney to Auckland and a four-night North Island tour including a two-day ride aboard a historic train between Auckland and Wellington.

Sailing from Sydney on 27 October 2019, the cruise will visit Hobart, Fjordland, Dunedin, Akaroa, Picton, Tauranga and the Bay of Islands before the cruise ends in Auckland.

A four-night land tour follows including a night in Auckland and a two-day trip to Wellington aboard the historic, privately chartered RM31 railcar, ‘Tokomaru’. Built in 1938 and named after a Maori canoe, the railmotor was used for North Island passenger rail services for more than 30 years until the early 1970s and still retains her traditional, art deco charm.

Half-way through the journey, guests will stay at the grand, 90-year-old Chateau Tongariro hotel on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. The tour ends with two nights in Wellington with a lunch visit to the wineries of the famous Martinborough wine region – famous for pinot noir.

Including a flight home to Australia, the 16-night New Zealand Rail and Sail cruise tour is available from $4,790 per person, twin-share, in an Inside Cabin.  In Balcony Cabins and above (from $5,690 per person twin-share), passengers will receive a bonus Classic Beverage Package for drinks onboard Celebrity Solstice. The offer is available until sold out.

The cruise tour will be hosted by a Cruise Express Tour Manager.

For more information on this tour click here.