E-Bike: Tasmania

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E-Bike: Tasmania

6 - 13 February, 2022

E-Bike: Tasmania February 2022

8 Day / 7 Night tour 

 

This is an E-Bike tour and more!

The E-Bike excursions on Maria Island and Bangor will awaken your naturally adventurous self through connection with Tasmania’s unique environment, history and culture.

Plus we have a Bruny Island Cruise and visits to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), the Port Arthur Historic Site and the picture-perfect village of Richmond.

Space is limited. Ten places only!

Tour at a Glance

Price:

$5,450 per person, share twin

$995 single supplement

Tour Date:

6 – 13 February, 2022

Grading:

Introductory to Moderate

Remember E-Bikes take the strain and pain. 🙂

Tour Leader:

INCLUSIONS

• Economy Class airfares with Air New Zealand from Auckland to Hobart return
• Airline ticketable taxes and fuel surcharges
• Accommodation in 3-star and 4.5-star hotels
• 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 1 dinner
• E-Bike rental and helmet
• Full technical and back up support for the Maria Island and Bangor E-Bike excursions
• Gourmet picnics and post ride refreshment for E-Bike excursions
• Touring by private minibus
• All sightseeing and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary
• Bruny Island Cruise
• Cycle guide for E-Bike excursions
• Services of a Tours Direct Tour Leader (Mandy Page)

VARIATIONS

• Domestic airfares
• Travel Insurance

Tour Itinerary

Sun 6 FebAuckland – Hobart (D)

This morning we depart Auckland International Airport at 9.00am and fly Air New Zealand (NZ197) on a direct flight to Hobart, Tasmania.

We will be met at Hobart Airport and enjoy a scenic drive to experience spectacular views from Mt Wellington (weather dependent). The view from the summit stretches over Hobart and much of the state’s south, and the slopes are laced with walking trails.

In the afternoon we discover Hobart by foot and hear the fascinating stories of how Tasmania’s capital city was established and how it grew to become the vibrant waterfront city you see today. Our local Tasmanian Historic Tours guide will identify the heritage-listed buildings of Hobart while telling the stories of the hardened characters and issues that were major influences in the early days of Hobart.

This evening we have a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation at Hotel Grand Chancellor

Mon 7 FebHobart (B)

First task this morning is to get our E-Bikes so we can zoom up the coast to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Tasmania has a very green government so we will be enjoying a number of their dedicated cycle trails. MONA is located within the Moorilla winery on the Berriedale peninsula. It’s the largest privately funded museum in the Southern Hemisphere.

When we have completed our visit to MONA its back on the bikes to head back to Hobart. We are going to make a detour to take in the Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park (GASP). This outdoor display follows the curve of the water and has some colourful focal points.
Once we have reached central Hobart we will cycle West and take the Rivulet track to Cascade. We may see some platypus on our ride. Along the track we visit the Women’s Prison Convict Ruins and cycle on to the Cascade Brewery.

Back in the 1860s the Riverlet was the main source of water for the European settlement and so the colony grew along its banks. We’ll have a break when we reach the Brewery and then return to Hobart.

Accommodation at Hotel Grand Chancellor

Tue 8 Feb Hobart: Bruny Island Cruise (B,L)

Today we have a full day excursion south of Hobart to Bruny Island. We start with a coach transfer to Kettering and take the ferry to Bruny Island.

We have a 3 hour Wilderness Cruise including lunch. The cruise includes floating by Australia’s highest sea cliffs and entering deep-sea caves. We are in search of wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds.
Our guide will explain everything and make our day out something to remember.

Accommodation at Hotel Grand Chancellor

Wed 9 FebHobart – Port Arthur – Orford (B,L)

Today is all about spectacular coastlines, fascinating geological features and World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site. We enjoy a scenic drive to the rugged Tasman Peninsula via Eaglehawk Neck, a thin isthmus once guarded by dogs to prevent convicts escaping. The coastal environment is home to sea cliffs and unique rock formations, such as Tessellated Pavement, the Blow Hole, Tasman Arch and the Devil’s Kitchen.

We visit Port Arthur Historic Site, a special place of vivid history, cultural heritage and compelling convict stories.
We then travel north to Orford for two nights.

Accommodation at Orford Blue Waters Hotel

Thu 10 FebOrford: Maria Island E-Bike excursion ( B,L)

We start the day with a transfer to Triabunna wharf to get the 10.00am ferry to Maria Island.
World Heritage Listed Maria Island National Park is a gem in the crown of Tasmania’s East Coast, a mixture of remote wilderness, convict ruins, sapphire waters and pure white beaches rimmed by marine conservation reserve.

Abel Tasman named the island Maria in 1642 after Maria van Dieman, wife of Anthony van Diemen, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies in Batavia (now Jakarta).

Our Maria Island host and E-Bike guide will be Ben Rea. Ben is a local who is also 8th generation Australian and can trace his ancestry back to convict First Fleet arrivals in Sydney (1788). Ben grew up on Maria Island and will help us explore the island through the stories of the Island’s people and environment that make Maria unique.

The history of Maria also covers the stories of contact between Tasmanian Aboriginal people and the first European explorers; followed by the convicts and their struggles for freedom, alongside the pioneering spirit of 19th century Italian entrepreneur, viticulturist and industrialist Diago Bernacchi and the visionary wildlife conservationists responsible for the protection of Maria as a National Park.
On the Island we will enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch.

Late afternoon we take the ferry back to Triabunna and transfer to our Orford hotel.

Accommodation at Orford Blue Waters Hotel

Fri 11 FebOrford – Richmond – Hobart (B,L)

We depart Orford this morning and travel to Hobart via the historic village of Richmond, nestled in the Coal River Valley wine region.

We enjoy lunch and sample Tasmania’s cool temperate wines at a local vineyard. Then we take a stroll down the pretty 19th century Richmond streets and visit the Richmond Bridge; built by convicts in the 1820s it is the oldest bridge in Australia. The village is famous for its elegant Georgian architecture; beautiful heritage buildings, now housing galleries, tea shops, craft boutiques and museums.

Accommodation at Hotel Grand Chancellor

Sat 12 FebHobart: Bangor E-Bike excusion (B,L)

We meet up with Ben again as we spend a day exploring Bangor. Access to Bangor is restricted so we will have a unique opportunity to ride through this historic area with its stunning wild landscape.

We will get to hear about the Aboriginal and European history and especially that first contact with Abel Tasman in 1642. It’s as if we have ridden back in time across a natural wild coastline that people rarely access.

Protected by forested headlands, sheltered bays and sapphire waters, there is plenty of temptation for a summer swim to refresh your ride or watch from the whalers lookout for migrating whales.

Along the way we will stop for another gourmet picnic lunch.

Late afternoon we transfer from Bangor to our Hobart hotel.

Accommodation at Hotel Grand Chancellor

Sun 13 FebHobart - Auckland (B)

This morning we transfer to Hobart Airport and bid farewell to beautiful Tasmania. We depart at 12.30pm (NZ198) and fly directly to Auckland.

Your Tour Leader: Mandy Page

Mandy lives in Auckland and is a walker and cyclist. She has led 58 tours for Tours Direct over the last 18 years, and just loves travelling with its adventure and fun. 

Believing that most of the delight of travel is in the journey, Mandy likes to make tours flexible for different levels of fitness and experience.   

In 2019 she was tour leader for a Danube Boat & Bike tour.  Mandy discovered the joy of E-Biking by accident and is now an enthusiastic devotee.  Since then, she has led a number of E-bike adventures in the North and South Island of New Zealand.

On a tour with Mandy you can expect there will be variety and surprises.  

As Mandy says, “A day E-biking is a day of fun and exercise with a smile on your face.  I can think of few things to beat a nice trail, good company and scenery to enjoy.”

 

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