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Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour

Journey from Auckland to Christchurch, enjoying some of New Zealand's best museums and sights along the way. In the North Island, you will discover Maori culture in Rotorua, experience Hobbiton Movie Set, and learn about New Zealand's history at Te Papa Museum. Then, cross Cook Strait to reach the South Island, where you will visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and the iconic Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow.

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New Zealand escorted tour

This suggested tour costs from NZD$5,999 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch

13 days/12 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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This tour also includes
Entry to the Air Force Museum of New Zealand
12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners, 1 special dinner
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Brief itinerary - Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour

Day 1: Welcome to Auckland. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland (or similar)

Day 2: Day of sightseeing in Auckland. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland (or similar)

Day 3: Travel from Auckland to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. Accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Day 4: Visit the attractions of Rotorua. Accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Day 5: Rotorua to Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania (or similar)

Day 6: Napier to New Zealands Capital City. Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (or similar)

Day 7: Cross the Cook Strait from Wellington to Blenheim, via Picton. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Day 8: Attend the opening of the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow, or explore Blenheim for the day. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Day 9: Day two of the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Day 10: Third and final day of the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Day 11: Head down the east coast from Blenheim to Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

Day 12: Explore the Garden City of Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

Day 13: Farewell from Christchurch.

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Day 1 - Welcome to Auckland

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 1
Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour

Enjoy a fully escorted tour of the North and South Islands including a three day Gold Pass to the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow.

Grand Pacific offer quality merchandise which will provide a special memento of your holiday for years to come. Choose between a Tour Jacket, a tour cap or there is a discounted combo price for both, ask us about purchasing these items. Merchandise items must be ordered at time of booking and are not available for purchase in New Zealand.

GP Arrive into Auckland

On arrival into Auckland, 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.

Your accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland (or similar)

Nestled in the heart of Auckland's CBD, Rydges Auckland offers an ideal location. The hotel is a short stroll from business and retail districts, the Casino, the America's Cup Viaduct Village and superb waterfront restaurants.

Meals included: Dinner

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Day 2 - Day of sightseeing in Auckland

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 2
GP Auckland Sightseeing

This morning visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum for a guided tour, where you will hear how warfare played a major role in shaping New Zealand’s identity. The display here is extensive and includes a Spitfire and Japanese Zero. This is followed by a city sights tour which includes the Auckland Domain, Parnell Rose Garden and Bastion Point. This afternoon visit the aviation display hall at the Museum of Transport and Technology. The impressive collection includes the only Solent Mark IV Flying Boat left in the world, a rare World War II era Avro Lancaster Bomber as well as the de Havilland Mosquito and the modern Skyhawk and Aermacchi.

Your accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland (or similar)

Nestled in the heart of Auckland's CBD, Rydges Auckland offers an ideal location. The hotel is a short stroll from business and retail districts, the Casino, the America's Cup Viaduct Village and superb waterfront restaurants.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 3 - Travel from Auckland to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 3
GP Auckland to Rotorua

This morning travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic 15-kilometre trip back in time on a beautifully restored vintage steam train. Visit the restoration workshop and on return to Glenbrook Station, morning tea will be served. Continue through the picturesque countryside to Hobbiton for lunch followed by an experience of the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. A guide will escort you through the ten-acre site recounting fascinating details of how the set was created. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

Your accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Distinction Rotorua Hotel is located in a beautiful garden setting, with relaxing outdoor heated swimming pool. Just a short drive to the city centre and across the road from the great mountain bike trails of Whakarewarewa Forest.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 4 - Visit the attractions of Rotorua

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 4
GP Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a thrilling luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action-packed hour of farming entertainment and education. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. This evening experience an entertaining Mãori Hãngi and Concert.

Your accommodation: Distinction Rotorua Hotel (or similar)

Distinction Rotorua Hotel is located in a beautiful garden setting, with relaxing outdoor heated swimming pool. Just a short drive to the city centre and across the road from the great mountain bike trails of Whakarewarewa Forest.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

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Day 5 - Rotorua to Napier, the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 5
GP Rotorua to Napier

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupo. Continue to Napier known as ‘The Art Deco Capital’, where a city tour will showcase an impressive collection of art deco buildings. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the city, you might choose to do a guided walk (optional).

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Te Pania (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Te Pania offers 4-star accommodation of a truly international standard. The hotel's slender curved form echoes the shape of the bay, and guests enjoy sweeping views out over the water from a premium waterfront location on Marine Parade.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 6 - Napier to New Zealands Capital City

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 6
GP Napier to Wellington

Travel south this morning into Wellington for a city tour of the nation’s capital which will highlight the history and culture on show here.

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: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 7 - Cross the Cook Strait from Wellington to Blenheim, via Picton

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 7
GP Wellington to Blenheim, via Piction

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. 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: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is centrally located in Blenheim, in the heart of Marlborough's wine growing region. Just minutes walk from the city centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 8 - Attend the opening of the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow, or explore Blenheim for the day

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 8
GP Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow or explore Blenheim

Today you have the choice of either a free day in Blenheim or travelling to the site for the opening day of the 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 military vehicles. Why not use your pass to visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, which houses the exhibition entitled ‘Knights of the Sky’.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is centrally located in Blenheim, in the heart of Marlborough's wine growing region. Just minutes walk from the city centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 9 - Day two of the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 9
GP Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow

Over the next two days the Omaka 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 where you will watch the show from the best seats in the house. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is centrally located in Blenheim, in the heart of Marlborough's wine growing region. Just minutes walk from the city centre.

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day 10 - Third and final day of the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 10
GP Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow

On the final day of the Airshow you will see a vast array of display aircraft, extraordinary flying acts with famous military fighter aircraft spanning 100 years through to the jets of today. The show culminates in a huge mock air battle complete with pyrotechnics.

Your accommodation: Scenic Hotel Marlborough (or similar)

Scenic Hotel Marlborough is centrally located in Blenheim, in the heart of Marlborough's wine growing region. Just minutes walk from the city centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 11 - Head down the east coast from Blenheim to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 11
GP Blenheim to Christchurch

Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine, then travel to the seaside village of KaikĊura. Continue south to the Garden City of Christchurch and visit the Air Force Museum of New Zealand where a ‘behind the scenes’ tour showcases the restoration projects in action and provides the rare opportunity to walk through the Bristol Freighter and Andover. This evening is free to dine at leisure.

Your accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

This 4 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

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Day 12 - Explore the Garden City of Christchurch

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 12
GP Christchurch

Today visit the International Antarctic Centre, designed to provide an informative account of life in Antarctica. This is followed by a city tour of Christchurch. This afternoon includes a journey on board the Christchurch Tram, one of the leading attractions in Christchurch. This evening enjoy dinner with your newfound friends.

Your accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel (or similar)

This 4 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

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Day 13 - Farewell from Christchurch

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 13
GP Depart Christchurch

Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

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