Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka
Escorted coach tour from 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's South Island, 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!

Tour summary and feature

Escorted coach tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$5,895 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 8 times in the last 7 days

2 Lunches

All breakfasts

13 dinners

Airport transfer

Professional Coach Captain

Larnach Castle Tour and Gardens

Guided Tour Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Christchurch City Sights tour

Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow gold pass

Souvenir Cap

Dunedin City Sights tour

Tour at a glance

At a glance - Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka

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

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

Day 3: Travel the coast to Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

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

Day 5: Franz Josef inland to the adventure capital, Queenstown. Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown (or similar)

Day 6: Opening day at Warbirds over Wanaka. Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown (or similar)

Day 7: Day two of Warbirds. Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown (or similar)

Day 8: The final day of Warbirds over Wanaka. Accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown (or similar)

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

Day 10: Day trip from Te Anau and enjoy a serene cruise on Milford Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel 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 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

Arrive into Wellington where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening, meet your travelling companions over a complimentary pre-dinner drink.

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: Chateau Marlborough (or similar)

Chateau Marlborough, Marlborough's premier boutique hotel overlooking Seymour Square Gardens, prides itself on offering guests luxury accommodation with an enviable attention to detail. All just a short walk from Blenheim's town 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 a fascinating guided tour of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre will transport you to WWII featuring an extensive collection of aircraft belonging to Sir Peter Jackson. Later, tour through the Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine, then south to the seaside village of Kaikoura. After passing Kaikoura continue onto the garden city of Christchurch for a city tour on arrival.

Your accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

This 4.5 star hotel is centrally located in the revitalised Cathedral Square. 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.

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 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.

Your accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown (or similar)

Mercure Resort Queenstown is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel boasts spectacular views over the lake and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

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 some practice will be happening overhead. On the ground check out the static displays which include classic cars and Warhorses (military vehicles), sport aircraft, stationary engines, WOWMart (used aircraft parts for sale), NASA, aviation training organisations and aviation trade stands. Taste wine and food from Central Otago, or use your voucher to visit the Warbirds and Wheels Museum, which showcases the story of Sir Tim Wallis, founder of the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.

Your accommodation: Mercure Resort Queenstown (or similar)

Mercure Resort Queenstown is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel boasts spectacular views over the lake and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

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: Mercure Resort Queenstown (or similar)

Mercure Resort Queenstown is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel boasts spectacular views over the lake and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

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: Mercure Resort Queenstown (or similar)

Mercure Resort Queenstown is located near the shores of Lake Wakatipu, only 3 minutes drive from the centre of town. The hotel boasts spectacular views over the lake and the Remarkables Mountain Range.

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. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Today you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Your accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel 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 a picnic lunch. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. This evening you may like to visit the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey. (optional).

Your accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel 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 tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by 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. Later, visit Speight's Brewery, a Dunedin icon, for an informative and interactive tour through this working brewery. The tasting session will be followed by a delicious dinner at the Ale House restaurant.

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 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

Grand Pacific Tours 15 Day Classic Warbirds over Wanaka - Day 15
Depart Christchurch

After breakfast (included) your tour concludes this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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