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Grand Pacific ToursGrand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour

Experience all the excitement and entertainment of the renowned Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow combined with a tour through the scenic beauty of New Zealand.  This 13 Day Classic Fighters Tour commences on 12 April 2019 in Auckland and concludes in Christchurch on 21 April 2019. For three days over Easter 2019, Marlborough will become centre stage for an extravaganza of aerial action. You will experience the romance of aviation from the early 1900s including the famous Warbirds and classic aircraft of yesteryear to the modern jets of today.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch
 13 days/ 12 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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Included in this tour package

  • Accommodation: 12 nights, Hotel 4 star
  • Includes: All breakfasts
  • Includes: 1 Shires buffet lunch: Hobbiton
  • Includes: 10 dinners
  • Includes: Airport transfers
  • Includes: Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide
  • Includes: Interislander ferry crossing
  • Includes: Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Includes: Entrance to Agrodome and show
  • Includes: Rotorua Skyline Gondola with breakfast
  • Includes: Te Puia Maori Arts & Crafts
  • Includes: Tamaki Maori Village show and dinner
  • Includes: International Antarctic Centre
  • Includes: Entry to the Knights of the Sky WWI Exhibition
  • Includes: Airshow Programme
  • Includes: Christchurch Tram
  • Includes: Souvenir Cap
  • Includes: Airforce Museum of New Zealand
  • Includes: Christchurch City Sights tour
  • Includes: Grandstand Seating Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow
  • Includes: Te Papa Museum of New Zealand
  • Includes: 3 Day Yealands Classic Fighters Gold Pass
  • Includes: Glenbrook Vintage Railway
  • Includes: Wellington City Sights Tour
  • Includes: Hawke's Bay Express Napier
  • Includes: Museum of Transport & Technology Aviation Collection
  • Includes: Auckland City Sights Tour
  • Includes: Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Includes: Bottle of Marlborough Wine
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At a glance - Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Auckland Sightseeing and Museums. Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 3: Auckland to Rotorua stopping en-route at Glenbrook Vintage Railway. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 4: A day in Rotorua including culture, geothermal features and even luging!. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 5: Travel the Thermal Explorer Highway from Rotorua to Masterton via Napier. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park Wairarapa

Day 6: Head to Wellington, enjoying a visit to Greytown on the way. Accommodation: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 7: Cruise the Cook Straight on the Interislander to Bleheim. Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Day 8: Lead up day to the Yealands Classic Flighters Airshow. Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Day 9: Day at the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow. Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Day 10: Final Day of the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow. Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Day 11: Tour through Marlborough to Christchurch via Kaikoura. Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 12: A day in Christchurch visiting the Antarctic Centre, a city tour and tram ride. Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 13: Depart Christchurch today.

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Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Auckland

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

Arrive into Auckland

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore. 

Your Accommodation: Rydges Hotel Auckland

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

Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 2: Auckland Sightseeing and Museums

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 2

Auckland Sightseeing

This morning you will 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

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

Rydges Hotel Auckland

Day 3: Auckland to Rotorua stopping en-route at Glenbrook Vintage Railway

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 3

Auckland to Rotorua via Glenbrook Vintage Railway

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 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: Sudima Lake Rotorua

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none on the very shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 4: A day in Rotorua including culture, geothermal features and even luging!

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

Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is the Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that's unlike anything you've seen before. 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 Maori Hangi and Concert.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none on the very shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 5: Travel the Thermal Explorer Highway from Rotorua to Masterton via Napier

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 5

Rotorua to Taupo to Napier to Masterton

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 the most comprehensive collection of art deco buildings in the world. Enjoy some free time to explore the fascinating architecture before travelling through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park Wairarapa

Nestled in the lush Wairarapa valley, framed by the towering Tararua Ranges, Copthorne Resort Solway Park is set in 24 acres of landscaped grounds on the southern outskirts of Masterton.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Solway Park Wairarapa

Day 6: Head to Wellington, enjoying a visit to Greytown on the way

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 6

Masterton to Greytown to Wellington

Enjoy a leisurely start to the day before travelling to Greytown where you see the most complete example of original Victorian wooden architecture. Drive through the scenic Rimutaka Mountain Range into Wellington, then enjoy 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

At the heart of Wellingtons commercial and retail districts the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor has 260 well appointed rooms and suites.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

Day 7: Cruise the Cook Straight on the Interislander to Bleheim

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 7

Wellington to Picton to Blenheim

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum with exhibits that embrace both Maori and European views. 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: Chateau Marlborough

Chateau Marlborough, Marlborough's premier boutique hotel overlooking Seymour Square Gardens, prides itself on offering guests luxury accommodation with an enviable attention to detail. All just a short walk from Blenheim's town centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Chateau Marlborough

Day 8: Lead up day to the Yealands Classic Flighters Airshow

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 8

Yealands Classic Fighter Airshow

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 museum entitled 'Knights of the Sky', a dedicated tribute to the Great War in the air displaying over 20 WW1 aircraft.

Your Accommodation: Chateau Marlborough

Chateau Marlborough, Marlborough's premier boutique hotel overlooking Seymour Square Gardens, prides itself on offering guests luxury accommodation with an enviable attention to detail. All just a short walk from Blenheim's town centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Chateau Marlborough

Day 9: Day at the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 9

Yealands Classic Fighter 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: Chateau Marlborough

Chateau Marlborough, Marlborough's premier boutique hotel overlooking Seymour Square Gardens, prides itself on offering guests luxury accommodation with an enviable attention to detail. All just a short walk from Blenheim's town centre.

Meals included: Breakfast

Chateau Marlborough

Day 10: Final Day of the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 10

Yealands Classic Fighter 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: Chateau Marlborough

Chateau Marlborough, Marlborough's premier boutique hotel overlooking Seymour Square Gardens, prides itself on offering guests luxury accommodation with an enviable attention to detail. All just a short walk from Blenheim's town centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Chateau Marlborough

Day 11: Tour through Marlborough to Christchurch via Kaikoura

Grand Pacific 13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour - Day 11

Blenheim to Christchurch

Tour through Marlborough Country, famous for its food and wine, then travel to the seaside village of Kaikoura. 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 plus 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

This 4.5 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

Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 12: A day in Christchurch visiting the Antarctic Centre, a city tour and tram ride

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

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. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Your Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

This 4.5 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, Speciality Dinner

Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 13: Depart Christchurch today

Depart Christchurch

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

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