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Departures September 2023 - May 2024

13 Day Classic Warbirds South Island

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


DURATION: 13 days

STARTS: Christchurch

FINISHES: Christchurch

STYLE: Warbirds Over Wanaka Tours

COACH: 48 seat Classic







No hidden extras

Prepaid Attractions

  • Air Force Museum of New Zealand i
  • Larnach Castle and Devonshire Tea i
  • Burt Munro, World’s Fastest Indian Memorabilia i
  • Bill Richardson Transport World i
  • Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre i
  • Milford Sound Cruise and Lunch i
  • Lakes District Museum i
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey i
  • Dunedin City Sights Tour i

Coach Features

  • 48 seats on a Classic touring coach
  • 2 door access; overhead travel bag storage
  • Restroom; panoramic viewing


  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Tour Leader
  • 12 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • 1 four night stay
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 cruise
  • 1 rail journey
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Extensive Optional Activities
  • Classic Documentation Pack
  • BONUS GPT Tour Jacket


  • 12 cooked breakfasts
  • 11 sumptuous dinners including 1 specialty dinner: Speights Ale House - Dunedin
  • 2 lunches: picnic lunch, The Catlins; Milford Sound Cruise
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle
  • 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 meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions for dinner.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel i


Christchurch - Dunedin (B,D)

Before departing Christchurch, 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) i


Dunedin Sightseeing (B,SD)

This morning travel along the beautiful Otago Harbour viewing many scenic highlights. Arrive at Larnach Castle where you will hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea in the ballroom. Return to the city for time at leisure. This evening visit Speight’s Brewery, a Dunedin icon, for dinner at the Ale House Restaurant.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Southern Cross or similar i


Dunedin - Invercargill (B,L,D)

Today travel through the remarkable region of The Catlins, where lush rainforest spills onto brilliant beaches. Continue to Nugget Point, where there are opportunities to see wildlife as you walk to view the lighthouse and spectacular views. At Purakauni visit the spectacular triple tiered cascading waterfall whilst you 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 memorabilia.

Hotel Ascot Park Hotel i


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, mostly from the 1920s and 1930s includes the largest collection of de Havilland aircraft in the southern hemisphere. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland.

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Lake Te Anau (Superior Room) (2 nights) i


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 lunch onboard. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available, you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Lake Te Anau (Superior Room) i


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 out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lake View Room) (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 Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lake View Room) 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 Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lake View Room) 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 Mercure Queenstown Resort (Lake View Room) i


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 to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers before continuing to Franz Josef.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) i


Franz Josef - Arthur’s Pass - 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 newfound friends and reminisce on memories shared.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel i


Depart Christchurch (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
  - $6129
pp, twin share

Pre & Post Stays

Christchurch$150 pp, twin share$300 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

Very enjoyable tour! Everything arranged was well and timely. Would recommend to others!

B.M. & N.M. Australia

April 2018

Wonderful experience, the Warbirds Gold Pass was great! Would do it all over again.

R.P. & L.P. Australia

April 2018

A wonderful tour, we went to exceptionally interesting places. Overall we really enjoyed ourselves.

J.T. & J.T. Australia

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