Fully escorted tour of the majestic South Island featuring the Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow

13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway

TOUR CODE: GPW13

Inclusions

Airshow inclusions

  • 3 Day Warbirds Over Wanaka Gold Pass
  • Grandstand seating
  • Exclusive marquee access with CCTV
  • Souvenir Gold Cap and Badge
  • Airshow Programme
  • Opportunity to walk the flight line
  • Entry to the Warbirds & Wheels Museum
  • Complimentary drink voucher
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and water throughout the Airshow

PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS

  • Air Force Museum of New Zealand*
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Speights Brewery Tour & Tasting*
  • Burt Munro, World’s Fastest Indian Memorabilia
  • Bill Richardson Transport World*
  • Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • City sights tour of Christchurch and Dunedin

*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers

TOURING

  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 48 seat modern coach travel, 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide
  • 12 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • 1 four night stay
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 cruise
  • 1 rail journey
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • BONUS GPT Tour Jacket

MEALS

  • 12 cooked breakfasts
  • 11 sumptuous dinners including 1 specialty dinner: Speights Ale House, Dunedin.
  • 2 picnic lunches
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

Itinerary

(B) Breakfast. (L) Lunch. (D) Dinner. (SD) Specialty Dinner.

DAY 1: Arrive Christchurch (D)

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel and meet your fellow travellers.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch

DAY 2: Christchurch - Dunedin (B,D)

Depart Christchurch and travel to the Air Force Museum of New Zealand for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour which showcases the restoration projects in action and provides a rare opportunity to climb inside a Bristol Freighter aircraft. Travel south to Oamaru, famous for its Limestone before arriving into Dunedin for an informative city tour.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Southern Cross or similar (2 nights)

DAY 3: Dunedin Sightseeing (B,SD)

This morning travel along the beautiful Otago Harbour viewing many scenic highlights. At Larnach Castle enjoy a guided tour and hear the tragic and scandalous history. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Return to the city for time at leisure. Later, visit Speight’s Brewery, a Dunedin icon, for an informative and interactive tour through this working brewery. The tasting session will be followed by a delicious dinner at the Ale House restaurant.

DAY 4: Dunedin - Invercargill (B,L,D)

Today travel south through The Catlins. Enjoy a walk into Nugget Point and view wildlife before continuing to Purakaunui for a walk into the spectacular triple tiered cascading waterfall with time to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch. Later continue to Invercargill, home of the legendary Burt Munro, Speed Bike Racer as depicted in the movie ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’ to view some of his memorabilia.

Hotel The Ascot Park Hotel

DAY 5: Invercargill - Te Anau (B,D)

This morning visit the Bill Richardson Transport World for a tour of this amazing private collection. Housed in a purpose-built Art Deco building, displays include vintage trucks, rare classic cars, petrol pumps as well as an ever-growing showcase of Wearable Arts. Travel via Gore to Mandeville Airfield to visit the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre where aircraft is mostly from the 1920s and 30s including the largest collection of de Havilland aircraft in the southern hemisphere. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland.

Hotel Distinction Luxmore or similar (Superior Rooms. 2 nights)

DAY 6: Te Anau - Milford Sound - Te Anau (B,L,D)

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. Return to Te Anau where some free time is available. This evening you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

DAY 7: Te Anau - Arrowtown - Queenstown (B)

Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free to dine at one of the many fine restaurants in town.

Hotel Millennium Queenstown Resort (4 nights)

DAY 8: Queenstown - Wanaka (B,D)

Today you have the choice of either a free day in Queenstown or travelling to Wanaka for the opening day of the Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow. No flying will occur today, however some practice will be happening overhead. On the ground check out the static displays which include classic cars and Warhorses (military vehicles), sport aircraft and aviation trade stands. Taste wine and food from Central Otago or use your voucher to visit the Warbirds and Wheels Museum, which showcases the story of Sir Tim Wallis, founder of the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.

DAY 9: Warbirds Over Wanaka (B,D)

Travel to Wanaka over the next two days where Wanaka Airport will become your home as you are entertained by the world’s best display pilots flying aircraft overhead. Your ticket will gain you access to the Gold Pass Enclosure. Enjoy the ultimate in airshow luxury as you will be situated on the flight line with grandstand seating and a plush marquee where you can relax in comfort and watch the show from the best seats in the house.

DAY 10: Warbirds Over Wanaka (B,D)

On the final day, all eyes will be in the air as you watch some of the world’s most iconic Warbird aircraft plus modern military machines, aerobatics, sport aircraft and so much more. The aerial action is backed by world-class pyrotechnics when the Airfield is defended by the fighters from an attack by enemy aircraft. The show culminates in a massed Fighter flypast, a sight not to be missed!

DAY 11: Queenstown - Franz Josef (B,D)

Depart Queenstown and travel via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic helicopter flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers before continuing to Franz Josef.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

DAY 12: Franz Josef - Christchurch (B,D)

Travel to Hokitika, famous for its greenstone then continue to Arthur's Pass where you board The TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. This evening enjoy dinner with your new found friends.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch

DAY 13: Depart Christchurch (B)

Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

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2020

3 - 15 April 2020

 

 

Pricing

AUSTRALIAN TOUR PRICES

Departure
Point
Tour
Including
Airfare
  Pre
Paid
Taxes**
  Total
Per Person
Twin Share

Sydney

Melbourne

Brisbane

Gold Coast

Canberra

Cairns

Adelaide

Hobart

Launceston

Perth

$5349

$5349

$5349

$5349

$5549

$5599

$5649

$5649

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$5899

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$185

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$185 

$245

$230

$190

$190

$190

$175

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$5534

$5534

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$5534

$5794

$5829

$5839

$5839

$5839

$6074

Land Only

Single Supplement

$5049

$1400

Prices are in Australian Dollars. **Prepaid taxes are subject to change. Exact amounts will be confirmed by your travel agent at time of booking.

ALL INCLUSIVE TOUR PRICE

Fully escorted tour includes airfares, taxes, modern coach travel, 4 star hotel accommodation, most meals, sightseeing & attractions + 3 Day Gold Pass + BONUS GPT Tour Jacket.

Stay a little longer

City Twin Share Single

Christchurch

$125

$250

Extra night rates are per person and based on room only. Subject to availability.

Not attending the Airshow?

If you do not wish to attend the 3 Day Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow deduct $300 per person. Please advise at time of booking. There are a number of sightseeing options available in Queenstown (own expense).