Tour Departs: 23 May 2021
Tour Length: 12 Days
Per Person Share Twin/Double Room – NZD$8,150
Supplement for Single Room – NZD$1,950
Over the years, we have operated many tours to Tasmania at different times and of varying lengths, but given the success of our recent tours, we have again opted for this in-depth and comprehensive tour capturing the history, beauty and spectacular scenery of Australia’s southernmost state.
Tasmania is a charming variety of historic elegance, alpine wilderness and stunning mountains that pierce the sky, spectacular coastal scenery, towns and quaint colonial villages, rare flora and fauna, bustling markets, mighty rivers rushing through rain-forested gorges, idyllic and isolated beaches, lush and fertile farmland and much, much more. It is harvest time with the apple pickers busy and a great time to visit with generally settled weather – clear, calm and mild days with cooler evenings.
- Hobart for 4 nights, Royal Botanical Gardens, Peppermint Bay Cruise
- Port Arthur Penal Settlement including a walking tour and “Isle of the Dead” Cruise
- Field National Park, Lake St. Clair, Strahan Gordon River Cruise
- Dove Lake – Cradle Mountain – Stanley – Woolnorth – Cape Grim – Smithton
- Sheffield, Woolmers Estate and Rose Gardens
- Launceston for 2 nights total including Cataract Gorge and Tamar River Cruise
- The Tasman Peninsula, Eaglehawk Neck including Tasman Arch and The Devils Kitchen
- Freycinet National Park Costs Include:
- Economy Class air travel from Auckland
- Prepaid airport/government/airline/security charges and taxes (as at 01/09/2020)
- First Class or Superior Grade hotel or motor inn accommodation throughout
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- First Class air-conditioned coach transportation for all touring
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
- Services of a Maher Tours leader, coach captain and local guides as appropriate
- Baggage handling of one suitcase per person
- All Gratuities and tips to local guides and coach drivers
- Any meals and sightseeing tours not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel Insurance (assistance and advice will be offered)
- Items of a personal nature such as room service, laundry, telephone charges etc
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Sunday 23 May Home – Hobart (D)
Today we start the tour by flying directly to Hobart where we will be met and transferred to our hotel for a 4-night stay.
Monday 24 May Hobart (B,L)
In the morning we visit the Royal Botanic Gardens before boarding a luxury catamaran for a cruise through Hobart’s magnificent, sheltered waterways to Peppermint Bay, cruising the Derwent River and Dentrecasteaux Channel past Bruny Island. The ship’s underwater camera will introduce you to the marine life of the Tinderbox Marine Reserve. Our cruise continues past an Atlantic salmon farm and we step ashore at Peppermint Bay and enjoy a delicious lunch at the hotel before cruising back to Hobart later this afternoon. A lovely, relaxing day.
Tuesday 25 May Hobart – Port Arthur-Hobart (B,D)
Today we journey by coach to Port Arthur, where we tour the historic site of the penal settlement which was once home to 12,500 convicts. There is time to wander among the buildings and gardens to soak up the atmosphere and scenic beauty of this once horrific place. We take a cruise around the “Isle of the Dead”, the final resting place for over 1000 people who died during 1840 – 1870. After lunch, we continue down to the Tasman Peninsula and its gateway at Eaglehawk Neck. We see the natural wonders including Pirates Bay Lookout, Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen before returning to Hobart
Wednesday 26 May Hobart (B)
Tasmania’s capital city is an intriguing blend of heritage, lifestyle, scenery and vibrant culture. This morning, there is time for a tour of Hobart as we travel to Mt Wellington to enjoy panoramic views of the city and surroundings. We also visit Mt Field, Tasmania’s oldest National Park. A short walk through the ferns and the rainforest sees us at the much-photographed Russell Falls. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy time in the shops or just relax and enjoy the city from our waterside hotel.
Thursday 27 May Hobart – Strahan (B,D)
A scenic spectacular day as we travel to the beautiful glacial Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake located at the southern end of Lake St Clair-Cradle Mountain National Park. We continue on our journey to the mining town of Queenstown with its almost moon-like landscape. Here, we tour the Mt Lyell Copper Mine before the last leg of our journey through to idyllic Strahan where we enjoy a 2-night stay.
Friday 28 May Strahan (B,D)
This morning, we board our luxury cruise vessel for the cruise across Macquarie Harbour to Hells Gate where the harbour meets the ocean. As we cruise along the mighty Gordon River, our guide will detail the areas unique native flora and fauna. Visit Heritage Landing and view an ancient 2000-year-old Huon Pine. We enjoy a superb buffet lunch on board and then explore Sarah Island, Tasmania’s first and most brutal penal settlement. Schedules permitting, we may see a local theatre group perform the dramatic and true story of escape from Sarah Island in a “Ship That Never Was”. Another great day today.
Saturday 29 May Strahan – Cradle Mountain (B,L,D)
Leaving Strahan, we journey north through the rugged wilderness of this wild and exquisite part of the country. We re-enter Lake St Clair-Cradle Mountain National Park and explore this World Heritage region, including idyllic Dove Lake and the jagged peaks of Cradle Mountain. Overnight in the Cradle Mountain area. After dinner we sit back and relax in our rural retreat.
Sunday 30 May Cradle Mountain – Smithton (B,D)
Leaving the mountain region, we travel through the patchwork farmlands of Table Cape enjoying the scenic drive to Stanley, nestled at the foot of the towering volcanic core. We visit the historic grazing property of Woolnorth, which is still owned by the Van Diemans Company and is the last Royal Charter Company in the world. We visit Tasmania’s major wind farm, producing electricity for the region. We stop at Cape Grim on the tip of the West Coast and sample the clean, fresh air before settling in for our overnight stay at Smithton.
Monday 31 May Smithton – Launceston (B,D)
This morning we travel to Woolmers Estate, an outstanding example of a 19th-century Australian rural settlement and home to the National Rose Gardens. We then continue on to Launceston with a stop along the way to explore Evansdale and pick up some lunch before continuing on to our accommodation.
Tuesday 1 June Launceston (B,L,D)
This morning, we enjoy a cruise of the Tamar River, with lunch on board. We cruise into Cataract Gorge and travel past Tamar Island, Freshwater Point, the vineyards and under the Batman Bridge before turning for home at Devils Elbow. The cruise concludes at Launceston Seaport and we then enjoy a tour of Launceston and discover the charms of this lovely city.
Very close to the city centre is Cataract Gorge Reserve with its tree rhododendrons and peacocks, fern glades and spacious lawns and the longest single-span chair lift in the world offering magnificent views of the gorge. This afternoon return to the hotel with the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Wednesday 2 June Launceston – Freycinet Lodge (B,D)
Leaving Launceston, we travel North-East out through the green and fertile valleys to Derby and visit the Tin Centre for morning tea. We visit St Helens on the East Coast with the fishing fleet sitting snugly in Georges Bay before heading to Freycinet National Park noted for its spectacular coastal scenery. We experience our final dinner together in this superb environment with beautiful views and sunsets.
Thursday 3 June Freycinet- Hobart – Home (B)
Time to head for home, as we are transferred back to the airport in time to join our direct flight to Auckland.