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8 Day Warbirds South Island Escape Coach Tour

Days
8

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$3699

South Island
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Overview

8 Day Warbirds of Wanaka map

Join our fully escorted 8 Day Warbirds South Island Escape coach tour, travelling through the highlights of South Island, New Zealand and attending the world-famous Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow.

We will start in Christchurch and journey through the Southern Alps on board the scenic TranzAlpine Train. We will explore the west coast, including Hokitika and Franz Josef Glacier, before we travel to Queenstown where we will base ourselves for the Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow.

Airshow Inclusions

  • 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 flight line
  • Entry to the Warbirds & Wheels Museum
  • Complimentary drink voucher
  • Complimentary tea, coffee and water throughout the Airshow

8 Day Warbirds South Island Escape Coach Tour

8 Day Warbirds South Island Escape Coach Tour

8 Day Warbirds South Island Escape Coach Tour

8 Day Warbirds South Island Escape Coach Tour

8 Day Warbirds South Island Escape Coach Tour

Itinerary

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Day 1Arrive ChristchurchD

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.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel

Day 2Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz JosefB,D

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 a scenic helicopter flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Day 3Franz Josef - QueenstownB,D

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 Queenstown, a year round resort, situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4 nights)

Day 4Queenstown - WanakaB,D

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, 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.

Day 5Warbirds Over WanakaB,D

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.

Day 6Warbirds Over WanakaB,D

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!

Day 7Queenstown - ChristchurchB,D

epart 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.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel

Day 8Depart ChristchurchB

Your tour concludes this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

COST PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

April 2020  
Land Only AU$3,699
Single Supplement AU$1,100
Extra nights accommodation Pre/Post Tour
City Twin Share Single
Christchurch AU$125 AU$250
Extra night rates are per person in Australian Dollars, based on room only. 

* PLEASE NOTE*

Prices are correct at time of printing, but are subject to exchange rate variations and component price changes.

PAYMENT

  • Deposit: $300 per person on booking
  • Full Payment: 60 Days before travel
  • Airfares (if applicable): Paid in full on booking

CANCELLATION CHARGES

  • 60 days or more prior to departure, loss of deposit plus the cost of the airline ticket if issued.
  • Between 7 and 59 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour package price.
  • Less than 7 days prior to departure, 100% of the tour package price.

If a traveller wishes to cancel their existing booking and transfer to a new departure date, the above cancellation fees still apply.

Itinerary

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Day 1Arrive ChristchurchD

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.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel

Day 2Christchurch - Arthur's Pass - Franz JosefB,D

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 a scenic helicopter flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing)

Day 3Franz Josef - QueenstownB,D

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 Queenstown, a year round resort, situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Hotel Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4 nights)

Day 4Queenstown - WanakaB,D

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, 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.

Day 5Warbirds Over WanakaB,D

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.

Day 6Warbirds Over WanakaB,D

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!

Day 7Queenstown - ChristchurchB,D

epart 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.

Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel

Day 8Depart ChristchurchB

Your tour concludes this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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