South Island Escape & Warbirds Over Wanaka

8 Day Guided Tour from Christchurch to Christchurch with Grand Pacific

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Grand Pacific's 8 Day South Island Escape & Warbirds Over Wanaka. Discover the highlights of the South Island and experience the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow including a 3 day Gold Pass incorporating exclusive marquee access and grandstand seating.

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Air Show
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Scenic / Cultural
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Scenic / Cultural
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New Zealand
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1 Arrive Christchurch
On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. Tonight enjoy dinner at the hotel and meet your fellow travellers. Stay: Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel (D)
2 Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz Josef
This morning board the TranzAlpine, renowned as 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 continuing to Franz Josef, where time is available to experience scenic helicopter flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers. Stay: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing) or similar (B/D)
3 Franz Josef - 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. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants. Stay Four Nights: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (B)
4 Queenstown - 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. (B/D)
5 Warbirds Over Wanaka
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. (B/D)
6 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! (B/D)
7 Queenstown - Christchurch

Depart Queenstown & 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. Stay: Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel (B/D)

8 Depart Christchurch
Your tour concludes this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (B)

Grand Pacific Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow
  • 3 Day Warbirds Over Wanaka Gold Pass
  • Grandstand seating
  • Exclusive marquee access with CCTV
  • Souvenir Gold Cap and Badge
  • Airshow Programme
  • Opportunity to walk the flightline
  • Entry to the Warbirds & Wheels Museum
  • Complimentary drink voucher, tea, coffee and water throughout the Airshow
Even More Highlights
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
Trip Inclusions
  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • Modern coach travel, 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide
  • 7 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
  • 1 four night stay
  • Hotel porterage
  • 1 rail journey
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • Comprehensive documentation pack
  • Bonus GPT Tour Jacket
Included Meals
  • 7 cooked breakfasts
  • 6 sumptuous dinners (Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm)

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Tuesday 07 Apr 2020 Tuesday 14 Apr 2020 316per person 3,383per person Enquire
Tuesday 07 Apr 2020 Tuesday 14 Apr 2020 360solo traveller 4,439solo traveller Enquire
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