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15 Day Classic Warbirds Over Wanaka

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Fully escorted tour of New Zealand including the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow


DURATION: 15 days

STARTS: Wellington

FINISHES: Christchurch

STYLE: Warbirds Over Wanaka Tours

COACH: 48 seat Classic







No hidden extras

Prepaid Attractions

  • Te Papa, NZ's National Museum i
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry i
  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre i
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey i
  • Lakes District Museum i
  • Milford Sound Cruise and Lunch i
  • Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre i
  • Bill Richardson Transport World i
  • Burt Munro, World’s Fastest Indian Memorabilia i
  • Larnach Castle and Devonshire Tea i
  • Air Force Museum of New Zealand i
  • Christchurch City Sights Tour 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
  • 14 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • 1 four night stay
  • 2 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 2 cruises
  • 1 rail journey
  • All sightseeing and prepaid attractions
  • Extensive Optional Activities
  • Classic Documentation Pack
  • BONUS GPT Tour Jacket


  • 14 cooked breakfasts
  • 13 sumptuous dinners including 1 specialty dinner: Speights Ale House - Dunedin
  • 2 lunches: Milford Sound Cruise; picnic lunch, The Catlins
  • 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 Wellington (D)

On arrival into Wellington 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 James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Executive Room) i


Wellington - Picton - Blenheim (B,D)

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. This afternoonboard the Interislander Ferry, cross Cook Strait and travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton where you board your coach for the short journey to Blenheim.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Marlborough i


Blenheim - Kaikōura - Christchurch (B,D)

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. Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine, then travel to the seaside village of Kaikōura. Continue onto the garden city of Christchurch for a city tour on arrival.

Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel i


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

This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. Travel over massive viaducts, river valleys and spectacular gorges as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass located in the centre of the Southern Alps. Board your coach and travel to Hokitika, famous for its Greenstone before continuing to the township of Franz Josef, where time is available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Te Waonui Forest Retreat i


Franz Josef - Queenstown (B)

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel South via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort, situatedon the shores of Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Millennium Hotel 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 Millennium Hotel 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 Millennium Hotel 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 bemissed!

Hotel Millennium Hotel Queenstown i


Queenstown - Te Anau (B,D)

This morning travel to Arrowtown, best known for its spectacular autumn colours. Visit the Lakes District Museum a treasure trove of stories and exhibits depicting the exciting mining era of the late 1800s. Continue to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau (Deluxe 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 might like to cap off your Fiordland experience by watching the breathtaking film, Ata Whenua - Shadowland, which screens at the Fiordland Cinema (optional).

Hotel Distinction Luxmore Hotel Lake Te Anau (Deluxe Room) i


Te Anau - Invercargill (B,D)

Today travel to Mandeville Airfield to visit the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre where the aircraft, mostly from the 1920s and 1930s includes the largest collection of de Havilland aircraft in the southern hemisphere. Travel via Gore to Invercargill, New Zealand’s southernmost city. This afternoon a guided tour is included of the Bill Richardson Transport World, an 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.

Hotel Ascot Park Hotel i


Invercargill - Dunedin (B,L,D)

A trip to Invercargill would not be complete without a visit to view memorabilia of the legendary Burt Munro, Speed Bike Racer, as depicted in the movie 'The World’s Fastest Indian'. Continue through the remarkable region of The Catlins, where lush rainforest spills onto brilliant beaches. Visit the spectacular triple tiered cascading waterfall at Purakauni and enjoy a picnic lunch. Continue to Nugget Point, where there are opportunities to see wildlife as you walk to view the lighthouse with spectacular views.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (2 nights) i


Dunedin Sightseeing (B,SD)

Travel along the beautiful Otago Harbour viewing many scenic highlights. At Larnach Castle enjoy a guided tour and hear the tragic and scandalous history which is followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea in the Ballroom. Return to the city for an orientation city tour followed by time at leisure. This evening visit Speight’s Brewery, a Dunedin icon, for dinner at the Ale House Restaurant.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Southern Cross i


Dunedin - Christchurch (B,D)

Depart Dunedin and travel through Oamaru, famous for its Limestone. Arrive into Christchurch and visit 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 BristolFreighter aircraft. This evening enjoy dinner with your newfound friends and reminisceon memories shared.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport 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

Pre & Post Stays

Wellington$175 pp, twin share$350 single
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

March 2018

Overall a very good experience. Got to see a wide selection of attractions. This was my first tour experience, wasn’t sure what to expect but enjoyed it.

B.G. & D.G. Australia

March 2018

Excellent commentary and knowledgeable Coach Captains. Thoroughly enjoyed our tour.

S.V. & P.V. Australia

March 2018

A wonderful holiday, well done!

B.G. Australia

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