Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour
Small group tour escorted from Christchurch to Wellington
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Grand Pacific Ultimate

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour

The ultimate coach touring experience including the acclaimed Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow.  See all the South Islands most iconic attractions and stunning locations as well as enjoying front row seats to one of the best aeronautical exhibits around. Travel with up to 18 others on a business class coach, guided by an incredibly knowledgable driver who won't let you miss any of the South Island's wonders.

 

Tour summary and feature

Small group tour escorted

This suggested tour costs from NZD$6,875 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Wellington

11 days/10 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

 Viewed 7 times in the last 7 days

Knowledgeable driver guide

All breakfasts

9 dinners

Cloudy Bay Wine Tasting

Lakes District Museum

Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow gold pass

Christchurch City Sights tour

Tour at a glance

At a glance - Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)

Day 2: Travel through the Southern Canterbury Plains. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: Reach Queenstown this afternoon, home for 4 nights. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 4: Free day in Queenstown or opening day at Warbirds. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 5: Enjoy the atmosphere of another day at Warbirds. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 6: The Warbirds Grand Finale. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

Day 7: Travel the west coast to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat (or similar)

Day 8: Head back to Christchurch on the TranzAlpine. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)

Day 9: Pass Kaikoura on you way to Blenheim. Accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel (or similar)

Day 10: Cross from Blenheim to Wellington. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington (or similar)

Day 11: Depart Wellington.

Tour full itinerary

Detailed itinerary: 11 day tour starting in Christchurch

Day 1 - Arrive into Christchurch

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour - Day 1
Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour

Wanaka Warbirds is the highlight of this 11-day ultimate tour.  Travel in luxury as you weave your way around New Zealand's stunning South Island.

Arrive into Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. This evening enjoy a complimentary pre-dinner drink when you meet your Tour Leader and travelling companions for dinner.

Your accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)

This new 5 star boutique hotel is ideally located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, and is only a martini olive pips’ throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Experience the ‘garden city’ in style with Sudima Christchurch City.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Travel through the Southern Canterbury Plains

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour - Day 2
Christchurch to Mt Cook

Enjoy a city sights tour of Christchurch before arriving at 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. Travel through the southern Canterbury Plains, home to Lake Tekapo, Church of the Good Shepherd and the Sheep Dog Statue, before arriving at Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available to enjoy a scenic flight (optional, time and weather permitting) over the Southern Alps.

Your accommodation: Hermitage Hotel (or similar)

The Hermitage Hotel ringed by magnificent snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps, is a world-renowned tourist destination and has been an icon of superior accommodation and dining since 1884.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Reach Queenstown this afternoon, home for 4 nights

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour - Day 3
Mount Cook to Queenstown

Depart Mt Cook, and travel through the Mackenzie Basin which links to the dramatic Lindis Pass. You can expect to see snow-capped mountains and a landscape dominated by tussock grassland as you make your way to Queenstown, a year-round resort, situated on magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free to dine at one of the many fine restaurants in town.

Your accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Free day in Queenstown or opening day at Warbirds

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour - 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 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: Heritage Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Enjoy the atmosphere of another day at Warbirds

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour - 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: Heritage Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - The Warbirds Grand Finale

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour - 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: Heritage Hotel Queenstown (or similar)

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a postcard. Soak in the amazing view of the towering Remarkables mountain range rising from the rippled waters of Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Travel the west coast to Franz Josef

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour - Day 7
Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier

Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village. Visit the Lakes District Museum, which contains a treasure trove of stories ad exhibits about the exciting mining era of the late 1800s. Continue via the Haast Pass to the West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to Franz Josef Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers before arriving at your hotel.

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 8 - Head back to Christchurch on the TranzAlpine

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour - Day 8
Franz Josef to Arthur's Pass, Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue to Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your Ultimate Coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Your accommodation: Sudima Christchurch City (or similar)

This new 5 star boutique hotel is ideally located on Victoria Street amidst an array of cafes, restaurants and bars, and is only a martini olive pips’ throw from beautiful Hagley Park and Christchurch’s CBD. Experience the ‘garden city’ in style with Sudima Christchurch City.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Pass Kaikoura on you way to Blenheim

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour - Day 9
Christchurch to Blenheim

Travel through the Lewis Pass and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you continue through Marlborough Country, famous for its food & wine. Your accommodation is set amongst a picturesque vineyard setting. This evening before dinner, you have the opportunity to sample some of the local wines.

Your accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel (or similar)

The Vintners Retreat private luxury villas offer unique and stylish accommodation set at the top of Rapaura Road, locally known as Marlborough’s ‘Golden Mile’ of vineyards.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Cross from Blenheim to Wellington

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour - Day 10
Blenheim to Wellington

This morning enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre which will transport you from WWI to WWII featuring an extensive collection of aircraft belonging to Sir Peter Jackson. Continue to Picton, where you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner including selected beverages with your new found friends.

Your accommodation: InterContinental Wellington (or similar)

Stay in modern luxury in the heart of New Zealand’s capital city, adjacent to the scenic harbour. This hotel offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine at three restaurants, including the award-winning Chameleon. An ideal base to explore the business, shopping and cultural centres of Wellington.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Day 11 - Depart Wellington

Grand Pacific 11 Day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour - Day 11
Farewell from Wellington

Time to say goodbye. Your tour finishes following breakfast (included) this morning and you will be transferred to the airport for your onward journey if required.

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