Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island
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Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island

Starting in Christchurch this tour will take you on a loop of the south island during which you will experience the TranzApline scenic train, see the rugged west coast and enjoy a 3-day airshow in the stunning Wanaka setting.  With a beautiful mountain backdrop, this airshow takes place within a natural amphitheatre and attracts many international aviation enthusiasts.

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Escorted coach tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$4,189 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch

8 days/7 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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Tour Inclusions

TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass
Entry into Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow
7 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Tour at a glance

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch
Accommodation: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

Day 2: Head West to the coast, Franz Josef
Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)

Day 3: From Franz Josef to Queenstown
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 4: Enjoy a day of leisure in Queenstown or Wanaka or explore day one of the airshow
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 5: Warbirds over Wanaka
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 6: Final day of Warbirds over Wanaka
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 7: Queenstown to Christchurch
Accommodation: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport (or similar)

Day 8: Depart from Christchurch

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Detailed itinerary: 8 day tour starting in Christchurch

Day 1 - Arrive in Christchurch
Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Day 1
Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island

This fully escorted 8-day tour gives you access to the outstanding beauty of New Zealand's South Island, the incredible Warbirds over Wanaka and much more. 

Arrive into Christchurch

Arrive into Christchurch where 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: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport

Sudima Hotel is located just 2 minutes from Christchurch International Airport and is well equipped to make your stay comfortable. Facilities include an in-house restaurant and bar and gymnasium. If you’re up for visiting Christchurch, the vibrant city centre is just a 15-minute drive away.
Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 - Head West to the coast, Franz Josef
Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Day 2
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: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)

Located in the heart of Franz Josef Village the hotel offers all the amenities you would expect and is close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - From Franz Josef to Queenstown
Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Day 3
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: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4 - Enjoy a day of leisure in Queenstown or Wanaka or explore day one of the airshow
Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Day 4
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: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - Warbirds over Wanaka
Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Day 5
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: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Final day of Warbirds over Wanaka
Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Day 6
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: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Queenstown to Christchurch
Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Day 7
Queenstown to Christchurch

Depart Queenstown and travel north through the dramatic Lindis Pass where the landscape is dominated by tussock grassland and snow-capped mountains. Continue through the Mackenzie country into Christchurch. This evening enjoy dinner with 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 8 - Depart from 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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