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Departures September 2023 - May 2024

11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka

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The ultimate experience including the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow in a small group.


DURATION: 11 days

STARTS: Christchurch

FINISHES: Wellington

STYLE: Warbirds Over Wanaka Tours

COACH: 20 seat Business Class







No hidden extras

Prepaid Attractions

  • Air Force Museum of New Zealand i
  • Lakes District Museum i
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey i
  • Cloudy Bay Estate Wine Tasting i
  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre i
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry i
  • Christchurch City Sights Tour i

Coach Features

  • 20 Business Class seats on a full-size coach
  • 2 door access; dedicated seat side storage with tray table; cup holder
  • Restroom; daily onboard Wi-Fi allowance


  • Personalised Meet and Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • 10 nights 4.5 star hotel accommodation
  • 1 four night stay
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 cruise
  • 1 rail journey
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Optional Activities
  • Ultimate Documentation Pack
  • BONUS GPT Tour Jacket


  • 10 cooked breakfasts
  • 9 sumptuous dinners including a complimentary pre-dinner drink at the Welcome Dinner and 1 specialty dinner: Intimate Farewell Dinner, selected beverages, Wellington
  • Enjoy GPT Hotel Wine Time (discounted drinks)
Day 1: Dinner not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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
  • Complimentary drink voucher
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and water throughout the Airshow

Day-by-day Itinerary

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


Arrive Christchurch (D)

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink as you meet your travelling companions.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch City i


Christchurch - Mt Cook (B,D)

Enjoy a city sights tour of Christchurch before arriving at 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 through the southern Canterbury Plains, home to Lake Tekapo, Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue, before arriving at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, time and weather permitting) over the Southern Alps.

Hotel The Hermitage Hotel (Aoraki Wing) i


Mt Cook - Queenstown (B)

Depart Mt Cook and travel through the Mackenzie Basin which links to the dramatic Lindis Pass. You can expect to see snow-capped mountains and a landscape dominated by tussock grassland as you make your way to Queenstown, a year-round resort, situation on magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free to dine at one of the many fine restaurants in town.

Hotel Heritage Queenstown (4 nights) i


Queenstown - Wanaka - Queenstown (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 there may be some practice happening overhead. On the ground check out the static displays which include classic cars and Warhorses (military vehicles), sport aircraft and aviation trade stands. This is also the opportunity to taste wine and food from the Central Otago region.

Hotel Heritage Queenstown i


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.

Hotel Heritage Queenstown i


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!

Hotel Heritage Queenstown i


Queenstown - Franz Josef (B,D)

Travel to Arrowtown, an old goldmining village. Visit the Lakes District Museum, which contains a treasure trove of stories and exhibits depicting the exciting mining era of the late 1800s. Continue 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 to the township of Franz Josef. Time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional. weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers before arriving at your hotel.

Hotel Te Waonui Forest Retreat i


Franz Josef - Arthur's Pass - Christchurch (B,D)

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and 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. On arrival into the elegant city of Christchurch, your Ultimate Coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch City i


Christchurch - Blenheim (B,D)

Travel along the East Coast to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Enjoy spectacular scenery as you travel through Marlborough Country, famous for its food & wine. This afternoon visit Cloudy Bay Estate, established in 1985 and one of the original wineries in the region. Enjoy a personalised tasting experience followed by time to wander through the superb, manicured grounds and towering gum trees, which will surely be a highlight.

Hotel Chateau Marlborough i


Blenheim - Picton - Wellington (B,SD)

This morning visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, home to one of the largest private collections of WW1 Aircraft, brought to life in sets created by the internationally acclaimed WingNut Films and Weta Workshop. Continue to Picton, where you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your newfound friends.

Hotel InterContinental Wellington (Premium Room) i


Depart Wellington (B)

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

Pricing and Departure Dates

All Fare Types
pp, twin share
  - $7969
pp, twin share

Pre & Post Stays

Christchurch$205 pp, twin share$410 single
Wellington$185 pp, twin share$370 single

Optional Activities

Whilst your tour package includes an extensive range of pre-paid attractions and sightseeing, the Optional Activities outlined are available to enjoy during your free time. They will provide the ‘icing on the cake’ experience that will hold memories for a lifetime. Optional Activities will be booked with your Crew once on tour.

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Traveller Reviews > VIEW ALL

April 2018

The airshow and organization was excellent and the Gold pass was brilliant! The Ultimate coach was fantastic. We have been spoilt for any future coach travel unless it’s on one of these Ultimate coaches. Always clean and so comfortable.

The overall tour was exceptional. We felt very spoilt and really appreciated the VIP treatment in every element of the tour. 

C.C. & M.C. Australia

April 2018

The airshow was wonderful, we had a great time! We enjoyed the whole tour and our Coach Captain made everything so easy!

R.H. & S.H. Australia

April 2018

A truly magnificent coach, I’ve been spoiled. The airshow was an excellent package and well organized!

M.D. Australia

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