Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka
Wellington to Christchurch
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Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka

With a strong focus on aviation, this tour is an enthusiasts dream. Complemented with a stunning mountain backdrop you'll have the opportunity to explore New Zealand. Travel the TranzAlpine Scenic Railway and many other local attractions as well as visit the Wanaka Warbirds Airshow over Easter.  There's only one departure date so guarantee your seat today!

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Escorted coach tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$6,649 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Wellington, finishes in Christchurch

15 days/14 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

 Viewed 12 times in the last 7 days

Tour Inclusions

Milford Sound Cruise
Bill Richardson Transport World
Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre
Larnach Castle
Entry to the Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Interislander ferry crossing
Introducing Te Papa Museum Tour
Entry to the Omaka Aviation Centre, Blenheim
TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass
Entry into Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow
Lakes District Museum
14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 12 dinners, 1 special dinner
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Arrive into Wellington
Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (or similar)

Day 2: Wellington south to Blenheim, via the Interislander
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Day 3: Travel the coast to Christchurch
Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 4: Christchurch to Franz Josef
Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Day 5: Franz Josef inland to the adventure capital, Queenstown
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 6: Opening day at Warbirds over Wanaka
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 7: Day two of Warbirds
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 8: The final day of Warbirds over Wanaka
Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 9: Queenstown to Te Anau
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Lake Te Anau (or similar)

Day 10: Day trip from Te Anau and enjoy a serene cruise on Milford Sound
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Lake Te Anau (or similar)

Day 11: Reach the most South of New Zealand's mainland
Accommodation: Ascot Park Hotel (or similar)

Day 12: Invercargill to Dunedin
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (or similar)

Day 13: Sightseeing in Dunedin
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (or similar)

Day 14: Head back to the beginning, back to Christchurch
Accommodation: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport (or similar)

Day 15: Depart Christchurch

Tour full itinerary

Detailed itinerary: 15 day tour starting in Wellington

Day 1 - Arrive into Wellington
Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 1
Arrive into Wellington

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.

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Your accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (or similar)

At the heart of Wellington's commercial and retail districts, the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor has 260 well-appointed rooms and suites.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 - Wellington south to Blenheim, via the Interislander
Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 2
Wellington to Picton to Blenheim

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. This afternoon board 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.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is centrally located in Blenheim, in the heart of Marlborough's wine growing region. Just minutes walk from the city centre.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Travel the coast to Christchurch
Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 3
Blenheim to Christchurch via Kaikoura

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 & wine, then travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura. Continue onto the garden city of Christchurch for a city tour on arrival.

Your accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square and ideally positioned only a few minutes' walk from the brand new Christchurch Convention Centre.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Christchurch to Franz Josef
Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 4
Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

This morning board the TranzAlpine, 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 arriving at Franz Josef where time is  available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.
*Please be aware, there are some departure dates where the train may not be available due to covid-related schedule changes outside of Grand Pacific's control. If this occurs, your journey through the incredible Arthur's Pass will continue onboard your coach. Chat to a consultant to check the current schedule for your preferred departure.

Your accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Nestled amongst native West Coast rainforest at Franz Josef is a very special five-star retreat. Designed with utmost care of its precious environment, guests at Te Waonui Forest Retreat will find themselves encircled by rainforest and accommodated in natural and sustainable luxury.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Franz Josef inland to the adventure capital, Queenstown
Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 5
Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel south along the West Coast to Fox Glacier. Continue via the Haast Pass, an area of stunning beauty before arriving into picturesque 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.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6 - Opening day at Warbirds over Wanaka
Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 6
Either explore Queenstown or attend the opening day of Warbirds over Wanaka

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.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Day two of Warbirds
Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 7
Experience the best of Warbirds over Wanaka with your gold pass

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.

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - The final day of Warbirds over Wanaka
Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 8
Final day of Warbirds over Wanaka

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!

Your accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Queenstown to Te Anau
Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 9
Queenstown to Te Anau

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning before travelling to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village where you visit the Lakes District Museum. This innovative museum is heavily involved in the protection of the historic buildings scattered around town. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves (optional).

Your accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Lake Te Anau (or similar)

The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Day trip from Te Anau and enjoy a serene cruise on Milford Sound
Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 10
Te Anau to Milford Sound to Te Anau

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 Glowworm caves (optional).

Your accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Lake Te Anau (or similar)

The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 - Reach the most South of New Zealand's mainland
Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 11
Te Anau to Invercargill

Travel today to Mandeville Airfield to visit the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre where the aircraft is mostly from the 1920s and 30s including 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.

Your accommodation: Ascot Park Hotel (or similar)

The Ascot Park Hotel is Invercargill's largest hotel. Set in park like surrounds its a great base for a visit to the southern city of Invercargill.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 - Invercargill to Dunedin
Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 12
Invercargill to Dunedin

A trip to Invercargill wouldn't be complete without a visit to see some of the 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.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (or similar)

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation and is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Just a short walk to the Octagon, Railway Station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago University.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 - Sightseeing in Dunedin
Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 13
Dunedin

This morning travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you 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. Return to Dunedin for a city tour followed by some free time. Optional activities you might be interested in, include the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (or similar)

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation and is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Just a short walk to the Octagon, Railway Station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago University.
Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner
Day 14 - Head back to the beginning, back to Christchurch
Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 14
Dunedin to Christchurch

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 Bristol Freighter aircraft. This evening enjoy dinner with your new friends.

Your accommodation: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport (or similar)

Located 2 minutes from the Christchurch International Airport the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport is just 15 minutes from Christchurch City Centre.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15 - Depart Christchurch
Depart Christchurch

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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