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Tasmania

5th April 2020 @ 9:30 am - 15th April 2020 @ 7:30 pm

$5985.00

Tasmania
(5th April – 14th April 2020)

PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE FOR A CUSTOMISED ITINERARY IF YOU ARE NOT DEPARTING FROM WANGANUI.

Day 1. (Sunday 5th) Home – Auckland – Hobart

Depart Wanganui Racecourse at 9.30am and travel to Palmerston North airport to catch our midday flight to Auckland. You have time to get yourself an early lunch while we wait to board.

*if you are starting your tour from another destination you will be flown or shuttled to Auckland to meet the group before checking in for your flight to Melbourne.

Once we have landed in Auckland we will meet up with our fellow travelers and complete the check in process and go through customs together. We will have time to shop or have something to eat before catching our 3pm flight to Melbourne. Your Air New Zealand flight ticket is the ‘Works’ which includes a meal and movies, and we arrive approximately 5.15pm local time into Melbourne. There are a few hours to wait so you have the chance to get yourself some dinner before catching our connecting flight to Hobart.

We will be met at the airport and transported to our accommodation by our truly amazing driver Tony, who is a local legend and will look after us for our duration in Tasmania. His knowledge and experience in second to none and along with the tour leader will ensure and outstanding tour.

Our accommodation for the next three nights is the Best Western Hobart and on the drive in you will receive the information for the following day. A light snack is provided for you to enjoy once you have completed checking in.

 Accommodation: Best Western Hobart (+61 3 6232 6255)

Day 2. (Monday 6th) Hobart – Richmond – Hobart

After breakfast we board the coach for a great day of exploring as we first head up Rosay Point lookout, for a spectacular panoramic view of the Derwent River and Hobart City.

We then drive out to Richmond, one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations, steeped in history and a hub for food and wine lovers. You have some free time to grab some morning tea and enjoy the elegant Georgian architecture, with beautiful heritage buildings dating back as early as the 1820’s now housing galleries, tea shops, craft boutiques and museums.

From here we get to meet some true locals at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary located at Brighton. The Sanctuary boasts wombats, koalas, birds, quolls and many amazing natives including the Tasmanian devils which are active during the day so they can be viewed at any time. We have a great lunch organized which will be set up in the Bush Tucker Shed, before a guided tour which offers a very hands-on experience, allowing you to view and share special moments with Australia’s unique wildlife. You are then given some free time to explore the park and hand-feed the free roaming kangaroos, they love a scratch under the chin!

Back on the coach, we head to the amazing Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Established in 1818 they are the second oldest in Australia. It is a cool climate garden featuring an extensive collection of conifers with 60 of the 69 extant genera represented. Housed collections include the Conservatory and Sub Antarctic Plant House. Other themes comprise the Tasmanian, Chinese, Japanese, New Zealand and Gondwana Collections. A shuttle buggy service for people with restricted mobility is available for a small fee, please request at time of booking.

If time permits, we will finish the day by head up Mount Wellington before heading back to our hotel to enjoy another great group dinner.

 Accommodation: Best Western Hobart (+61 3 6232 6255)

Day 3. (Tuesday 7th) Hobart – Port Arthur – Hobart

Board the coach and travel down the coast to one of Australia’s most important heritage sites and tourist destinations, Port Arthur. This historic site is located on the scenic Tasman Peninsula in the south east of Tasmania and offers a unique and essential experience for all visitors to the area. Here we start with a guided tour that gives you a great introduction to Port Arthur, its people and its past.

We are then booked on a very informative harbour cruise on the MV Marana, before we all gather in the museum for a fabulous lunch. A must do is also the fun, interactive experience called the Lottery of Life. A shuttle buggy service for people with restricted mobility is available, please request at time of booking.

After this fascinating experience we head back to Hobart for a city highlights tour where we visit locations such as Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Wrest Point Casino and Sandy Bay just to name a few. We are then returned to our accommodation with time to rest up before dinner.

 Accommodation: Best Western Hobart (+61 3 6232 6255)

Day 4. (Wednesday 8th) Hobart – Strahan

It’s time to leave the city and head into the wilderness of Tasmania. Today we are travelling to the west coast with some fantastic stops along the way. The first visit will truly be a memorable one as we experience The Wall in the Wilderness, Greg Duncan’s commemoration of those who helped shape the past and present of Tasmania’s central highlands. A work in progress, The Wall is being carved from three-metre high wooden panels. The carved panels will tell the history of the harsh Central Highlands region – beginning with the indigenous people, then to the pioneering timber harvesters, pastoralists, miners and Hydro workers. When completed The Wall will be 100 metres long.

We have a great lunch at the Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel before continuing our way West. This afternoon we will visit the Nelson Falls, a beautiful cascade waterfall located in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Tasmanian Wilderness. We also start to learn firsthand about the rich gold history as we visit the Iron Blow lookout. In 1883, gold was discovered at a site known as the Iron Blow. These days, visitors to the cantilevered lookout are offered fantastic views over the former open cut mine and the iconic landscape of Linda Valley in west coast Tasmania

We arrive on the West Coast at Strahan, a harbour-side village with a dark and fascinating convict past set on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Nestled on the shores of the massive Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. This is where we rest our heads for the next three nights with great accommodation in the heart of town. Dinner tonight is a magnificence buffet with a view to match before we rest our heads in preparation for tomorrows adventure.

 Accommodation: Strahan Village (+61 3 6471 4200)

Day 5. (Thursday 9th) Strahan

An amazing day ahead as its all aboard The Queenstown Explorer Steam Train, a full-day return journey departing from Strahan‘s Regatta Point Station, that includes the King River Gorge, the “rack” section of the railway track, magnificent rainforest and all stations along the way. We are all in the Wilderness Carriage which includes a glass of sparkling wine/juice, with morning & afternoon tea included.

The train stops in Queenstown where we enjoy a buffet lunch at the station then there is time to explore the historic mining town and discover the region’s rich history with a guided or self-guided tour. Once returning to Strahan we will be transferred back to the accommodation then the evening is yours to enjoy the charm of the town and get yourself some dinner.

 Accommodation: Strahan Village (+61 3 6471 4200)

Day 6. (Friday 10th) Strahan

Today will surely be a tour highlight as we experience the unique perspective on the natural wilderness and the amazing West Coast while cruising on the famous Gordon River Cruise. The Gordon River is one of the natural wonders and an amazing location for a wilderness cruise. From deep within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area it winds its way through the rainforest to arrive at the wide expanse of Macquarie Harbour, then through the narrow entrance of Hells Gates into the Southern Ocean. A buffet lunch today is provided on the cruise.

When back in Strahan we head along to the very clever The Ship That Never Was show that tells the dramatic and hilarious true story of the Great Escape from Sarah Island in the Macquarie Harbour. Dinner tonight is at the highly rated restaurant just over the road.

 Accommodation: Strahan Village (+61 3 6471 4200)

Day 7. (Saturday 11th) Strahan – Stanley

It’s time to pack your bags and carry on our journey as we head in land into Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park. With its ancient rainforests and alpine heaths, it is home to the world-famous Overland Track and iconic Cradle Mountain. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park is one of the state’s most special places, where ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascade down rugged mountains.
Here we board the Park Explorer coach and enjoy their experienced guides as they share their passion for the region and appreciate the uniqueness of the flora, fauna and geological features of this World Heritage listed National Park.

We then have a scrumptious group lunch at Cradle Mountain Hotel before continuing north to the coast.

Our destination today is the fishing village of Stanley, a town of perfectly preserved colonial buildings, all sheltering in the imposing shadow of the Nut. The Nut, rising 152 metres from the sea, dominates the headland and you will have the chance to either walk or catch the chair lift to the top to take in the amazing coastal views. Tonight, we dine at our accommodation with the great views of the area.

 Accommodation: Seaview Inn (+61 3 6458 1300)

Day 8. (Sunday 12th) Stanley – Launceston

After breakfast, we start the day with the beautiful Table Cape Scenic Drive. The magnificent plateau of Table Cape is by far Wynyard’s most remarkable natural wonder. Sitting at 180 metres high, ‘The Cape’ – as locals refer to it – dominates the Wynyard coastline and offers spectacular views of Tasmania’s coast and agricultural farmlands.

We also visit the port city of Burnie and take the coastal scenic route to Ulverstone before heading into Sheffield. This friendly rural town is where history and art merge to create an entire Town of Murals, where you will have time to marvel at the talent.

Continuing on we have a lovely group lunch organized before making our way towards Launceston, Tasmania’s second major city and a vibrant hub for food and wine, culture and nature.

This afternoon we visit Woolmers Estate, a unique and fascinating reflection of colonial life in Tasmania and is one of the most historically significant heritage properties in Australia with beautiful gardens. A great way to finish the day off before we head to our central accommodation for the next two nights, where we enjoy the contemporary style of Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston, which is where we will also be dining.

 Accommodation: Grand Chancellor (+61 3 6334 3434)

Day 9. (Monday 13th) Launceston

After a scrumptious breakfast we head out to experience the fantastic attractions this beautiful region has to offer. First stop is the must-see Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre where you can lose yourself in history. We visit the new mine yard where you can access the iconic headframe and miners cage. Play with treasures from the past and embark on a historical journey to a place where life is simple. The interpretive displays also showcase the famous mine rescue of Brant Webb and Todd Russell.

Our next visit is the unique Seahorse World where we also have our group lunch today.
An educational guided tour will lead you through The Cave of the Seahorse, working Seahorse Farm and the Wonders of the Southern Ocean Aquarium, ending with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hold a beautiful seahorse in the palm of your hand!

It’s just a very short walk to Platypus World where the Platypus House offers the great opportunity to watch live Tasmanian Platypuses and Echidnas in daylight conditions and undercover.

Its then back on the coach and onto Batman Bridge which spans the Tamar River at Whirlpool Reach about 38 km downstream from Launceston. The bridge is one of the world’s first cable-stayed truss bridges and is dominated by the 100-metre-high steel A-frame tower. Next stop is Brady Lookout, a unique attraction in the Tamar Valley, Brady’s Lookout was once the hideout for bushranger Mathew Brady. Views up and down the Tamar River with the vista extending over 120kms to Ben Lomond massif in the south and almost all the way to the coast and Bass Strait to the north.

On our way back to our hotel we will driver through the Tamar Valley and view the Swiss-themed resort of Grindelwald. We arrive with some free time and then meet for the final dinner in Tasmania.

 Accommodation: Grand Chancellor (+61 3 6334 3434)

Day 10. (Tuesday 14th) Launceston – Melbourne

Time to pack the bags as we need to leave this fantastic state. After breakfast we head for our final visit to Cataract Gorge Reserve, Launceston’s own piece of wilderness just on the outskirts of the city centre. Here you’ll find walking trails for all abilities, the world’s longest single span chairlift, swimming pool, restaurant, kiosk, café, peacocks and wildlife, beautiful gardens, suspension bridge, inclinator for easy access, Interpretation Centre and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views. A great way to start the day!

We then start our way out to the airport, but we first stop for lunch at the outstanding
Tasmania Gourmet Sauce Company. It is then just a short drive to get us all checked in for our 1.30pm flight to Melbourne.

Upon arrival a coach will be waiting to collect us and take us to our central city hotel. You will have a few hours free time to enjoy some shopping or exploring some of the great central city attractions. You will be asked to meet back at a certain time for our last group dinner of tour which is at a highly rated restaurant.

After enjoying a great evening reminiscing the fabulous time, we have had we are returned to the hotel to rest our heads for the journey home tomorrow.

 Accommodation: The Victoria Hotel (+61 3 9669 0000)

Day 11. (Wednesday 15th) Melbourne – Home

After the final breakfast and with bags packed for the final time, we board the coach to the airport to catch our midday Air New Zealand flight to Auckland. Again, your ticket includes a meal and movies and we are expected to land at 5.45pm.

For those who live in the Auckland area your shuttle will be waiting to transport you home and if returning to Wanganui there will be a few hours to get yourself some dinner while we wait to catch the final flight back to Palmerston North. The coach will be waiting to get you back to Wanganui.

Total cost:

– $5985.00 per person (ex-Wanganui)
– $5895.00 per person (ex-Auckland) – includes door to door shuttle.

 Deposit – $2000 pp due at 18th November 2019.
 Final payment – due at 17th February 2020.

Please ensure you have travel insurance in place as we are only able to offer refunds as per our cancellation policy below! We suggest this is done when you make your deposit to protect your payment!

PLEASE PHONE FOR A CUSTOMISED PRICE IF YOU ARE NOT DEPARTING FROM WANGANUI.

Covers:

 All coach travel as stated in itinerary.
 All flights, including meal & movies on international flights.
 Two course dinners every night (except day 5 and flight days).
 Breakfast every morning.
 Lunch on day 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 & 10.
 Twin share accommodation (*single supplement available).
 All activities stated in BOLD in itinerary.
 Experience Tour Leader & Driver.

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Thank you 

The Take It Easy Team

Take It Easy Tours cancellation policy

If after your booking has been confirmed and you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
• For cancellations after 18th November 2019 – loss of deposit.
• For cancellations after 17th February 2020 – 100% of total fare will apply.

Disclaimer

Take it easy tours will make every effort to provide on time service. It does not guarantee its departure and arrival times, which may be delayed by various factors including weather, traffic, road conditions, mechanical problems and any other conditions Take it easy tours can’t control. Take it easy tours are not liable for any inconvenience or expense caused as a result of such delay. Take it easy tours assumes no liability or responsibility for property, delay or expense arising from or caused by weather conditions, acts of God, accident, government restrictions or regulations, from an act or omission of any individual, traffic, road conditions, mechanical problems, or any other cause or condition beyond its control. Take it easy tours reserves it’s right to cancel or change any tour, advertised schedule, or route without notice and assumes no liability or responsibility for any conditions beyond its control that may interrupt or cancel any tour.

Details

Start:
5th April 2020 @ 9:30 am
End:
15th April 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Cost:
$5985.00
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Take It Easy Tours
Phone:
06 344 7465
Website:
takeiteasytours.nz

Venue

Coaches leave from Wanganui Racecourse
211 Ingestre Street
Wanganui, 4500 New Zealand
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Tasmania$5,985.00 incl. GST- $5985.00 per person (ex-Wanganui) - $5895.00 per person (ex-Auckland) – includes door to door shuttle. PLEASE PHONE FOR A CUSTOMISED PRICE IF YOU ARE NOT DEPARTING FROM WANGANUI.