Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters Tour
Auckland to Christchurch
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Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters Tour

Journey from Auckland to Christchurch, enjoying some of New Zealand's best museums and sights along the way. In the North Island, you will discover Maori culture in Rotorua, experience Hobbiton Movie Set, and learn about New Zealand's history at Te Papa Museum. Then, cross Cook Strait to reach the South Island, where you will visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and the iconic Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow.

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Escorted Coach Touring

This suggested tour costs from NZD$6,709 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch

13 days/12 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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Tour Inclusions

Agrodome
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Christchurch Tram
City sights tours
Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
Entry to Auckland Sky Tower
Entry to the Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Glenbrook Vintage Railway
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
International Antarctic Centre
Rotorua Skyline Gondola and Luge Ride
Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
Te Puia Maori Hangi & Concert
Thermal mud pool and geysers guided tour
12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners, 1 special dinner
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Arrive Auckland

Day 2: Auckland Sightseeing

Day 3: Auckland - Rotorua

Day 4: Rotorua

Day 5: Rotorua - Napier

Day 6: Napier - Wellington

Day 7: Wellington - Picton - Blenheim

Day 8: Classic Fighters Airshow

Day 9: Classic Fighters Airshow

Day 10: Classic Fighters Airshow

Day 11: Blenheim - Christchurch

Day 12: Christchurch

Day 13: Depart Christchurch

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Auckland Sky Tower

On arrival into Auckland 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.

Staying in Hotel SkyCity Hotel (2 nights)

  • Everything is at your fingertips, and exceptional experiences happen every day at SkyCity Hotel.  A place where you can enjoy genuine Kiwi hospitality and modern, spacious accommodation.

    Explore the sights and sounds of vibrant Auckland, including the iconic Sky Tower. Experience magnificent dining with over 20 restaurants, cafes and bars close by, not to mention the exciting SkyCity Casino. Relax and refresh with world-class facilities and services, where your comfort is a priority. The rooms are modern and spacious featuring designer bathrooms with luxurious amenities. 

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This morning visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum for a guided tour, where you will hear how warfare played a major role in shaping New Zealand’s identity. The display here is extensive and includes a Spitfire and Japanese Zero. This is followed by a city sights tour which includes the Auckland Domain, Parnell Rose Garden and Bastion Point. This afternoon visit the aviation display hall at the Museum of Transport and Technology. The impressive collection includes the only Solent Mark IV Flying Boat left in the world, a rare World War II era Avro Lancaster Bomber as well as the de Havilland Mosquito and the modern Skyhawk and Aermacchi. This afternoon includes a visit at leisure to Sky Tower, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular attractions. This evening is also free to explore the many eateries surrounding your hotel.

Staying in Hotel SkyCity Hotel

  • Everything is at your fingertips, and exceptional experiences happen every day at SkyCity Hotel.  A place where you can enjoy genuine Kiwi hospitality and modern, spacious accommodation.

    Explore the sights and sounds of vibrant Auckland, including the iconic Sky Tower. Experience magnificent dining with over 20 restaurants, cafes and bars close by, not to mention the exciting SkyCity Casino. Relax and refresh with world-class facilities and services, where your comfort is a priority. The rooms are modern and spacious featuring designer bathrooms with luxurious amenities. 

Hobbiton

This morning travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic 15-kilometre trip back in time on a beautifully restored vintage steam train. Visit the restoration workshop, followed by a delightful morning tea. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for lunch followed by an experience of the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. A guide will escort you through the ten acre site recounting fascinating details of how the set was created. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

Staying in Hotel Pullman Rotorua (City View Room) (2 nights)

  • Situated in the heart of the city and moments away from the lakefront, Pullman Rotorua is the perfect base to explore the region’s geothermal paradise.

    A Pullman stay is an entire experience with 130 luxurious rooms and suites, energising gym, vibrant dining and a chic bar. Pullman is surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions. Discover shooting geysers, bubbling mud, natural hot springs and magical forests.

     Experience a contemporary open-plan room design inspired by the region’s geothermal origins. Windows let in the daylight and views overlooking the vibrant city. The room features a plush Pullman king-size bed and local artwork.

Two people inside the Rotorua Skyline gondola

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Māori Hāngi and Concert.

Staying in Hotel Pullman Rotorua (City View Room)

  • Situated in the heart of the city and moments away from the lakefront, Pullman Rotorua is the perfect base to explore the region’s geothermal paradise.

    A Pullman stay is an entire experience with 130 luxurious rooms and suites, energising gym, vibrant dining and a chic bar. Pullman is surrounded by surreal scenery and iconic attractions. Discover shooting geysers, bubbling mud, natural hot springs and magical forests.

     Experience a contemporary open-plan room design inspired by the region’s geothermal origins. Windows let in the daylight and views overlooking the vibrant city. The room features a plush Pullman king-size bed and local artwork.

Maori Warrior

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known as ‘The Art Deco Capital’, where a city tour will showcase an impressive collection of art deco buildings. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city, you might choose to do a guided walk (optional).

Staying in Hotel Scenic Hotel Te Pania

  • Hawke's Bay is one of the first places in the world to see the light each day and the Scenic Hotel Te Pania is one of the most recognisable hotels in Napier, boasting design awards for its style and service, situated on the premium waterfront location on Marine Parade. The hotel’s slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay and guests are treated to sweeping views out over the water. A fresh, contemporary style hotel only a short stroll from Napier’s main art deco style street and is located in close proximity to many of Napier's attractions.

Wellington Tramway

Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here.

Staying in Hotel James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Executive Room)

  • The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor presents an engaging selection of rooms, thoughtful amenities and gracious hospitality from the heart of Wellington’s city centre. Recently refurbished this leading accommodation and venue provider is located on The Terrace in New Zealand’s thriving capital city nearby to all major attractions. You will stay in the Executive rooms which are located on the higher floors and showcase contemporary furnishings, deluxe bathrooms with walk-in showers and Forest & Bird amenities.

The parliment Buildings in Wellington, The beehive

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 afternoon board the Interislander Ferry, travel through the Marlborough Sounds to Picton where you board your coach for the short journey to Blenheim.

Staying in Hotel Scenic Hotel Marlborough (4 nights)

  • Magnificently located in the heart of Marlborough Wine country, the place famous for its world class Sauvignon Blancs, the Scenic Hotel Marlborough is a property sparkling with style and comfort. This pristine hotel offers guests the ultimate in modern comfort and service all within a minutes’ walk from the centre of Blenheim.   

War plane

Today you have the choice of either a free day in Blenheim or travelling to the opening day of the 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 military vehicles. Why not use your pass to visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, which houses the exhibition entitled ‘Knights of the Sky’.

Staying in Hotel Scenic Hotel Marlborough

  • Magnificently located in the heart of Marlborough Wine country, the place famous for its world class Sauvignon Blancs, the Scenic Hotel Marlborough is a property sparkling with style and comfort. This pristine hotel offers guests the ultimate in modern comfort and service all within a minutes’ walk from the centre of Blenheim.   

Spitfire

Over the next two days the Omaka 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 where you will watch the show from the best seats in the house. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

Staying in Hotel Scenic Hotel Marlborough

  • Magnificently located in the heart of Marlborough Wine country, the place famous for its world class Sauvignon Blancs, the Scenic Hotel Marlborough is a property sparkling with style and comfort. This pristine hotel offers guests the ultimate in modern comfort and service all within a minutes’ walk from the centre of Blenheim.   

Pilot in a war plane

On the final day of the Airshow you will see a vast array of display aircraft, extraordinary flying acts with famous military fighter aircraft spanning 100 years through to the jets of today. The show culminates in a huge mock air battle complete with pyrotechnics.

Staying in Hotel Scenic Hotel Marlborough

  • Magnificently located in the heart of Marlborough Wine country, the place famous for its world class Sauvignon Blancs, the Scenic Hotel Marlborough is a property sparkling with style and comfort. This pristine hotel offers guests the ultimate in modern comfort and service all within a minutes’ walk from the centre of Blenheim.   

Aerial view of Kaikoura

Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine, then travel to the seaside village of Kaikōura. Continue south to the Garden City of Christchurch and visit the Air Force Museum of New Zealand where a ‘behind the scenes’ tour showcases the restoration projects in action. You will experience the rare opportunity to walk through the Bristol Freighter and Andover. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

Staying in Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel (2 nights)

  • Standing amongst the buzz of the rejuvenated Cathedral Square, the Distinction Christchurch Hotel is an urban escape combining sophisticated smarts and familiar warmth, only a few minutes' walk from the Avon River, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Casino and Cashel Mall. This 11 storey 4.5 star hotel offers refurbished Classic Rooms which combine luxury and relaxation for all holidaymakers. These spacious air-conditioned hotel rooms include the latest technology as well as double glazed windows to ensure a restful night’s sleep. An ensuite bathroom with shower over bath and complimentary Distinction toiletries.

GP Clients enjoying a joke

Today visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This is followed by a city tour of Christchurch. This afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram, one of the leading attractions in Christchurch. This evening enjoy dinner with your newfound friends.

Staying in Hotel Distinction Christchurch Hotel

  • Standing amongst the buzz of the rejuvenated Cathedral Square, the Distinction Christchurch Hotel is an urban escape combining sophisticated smarts and familiar warmth, only a few minutes' walk from the Avon River, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Casino and Cashel Mall. This 11 storey 4.5 star hotel offers refurbished Classic Rooms which combine luxury and relaxation for all holidaymakers. These spacious air-conditioned hotel rooms include the latest technology as well as double glazed windows to ensure a restful night’s sleep. An ensuite bathroom with shower over bath and complimentary Distinction toiletries.

GP clients enjoying a social drink

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

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