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Grand Pacific 11 day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour

Take an 11 day tour over Easter to see the famous Warbirds Over Wanaka international airshow. Nestled on the shores of Lake Wanaka, among the mighty peaks of the Southern Alps, you will find a natural amphitheatre buzzing with all manner of vintage and modern aircraft. With a range of exciting activities across the South Island to keep you entertained before and after the show, this is the perfect tour for aviation enthusiasts looking to discover New Zealand's southern regions.

 New Zealand small group tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Wellington
 11 days/ 10 nights
 Hotel 4 star
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At a glance - Grand Pacific 11 day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch. Accommodation: Hotel Montreal

Day 2: Christchurch to Mount Cook. Accommodation: Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

Day 3: Mount Cook to Queenstown. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: Explore Queenstown or attend Warbirds opening day. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Enjoy Warbirds over Wanaka. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 6: Final day of Warbirds over Wanaka. Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Journey from Queenstown to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 8: Franz Josef to Arthur's Pass, then board the TranzAlpine to Christchurch. Accommodation: Hotel Montreal

Day 9: Christchurch to Blenheim. Accommodation: Marlborough Vintners Hotel

Day 10: Blenheim to Wellington. Accommodation: InterContinental Wellington

Day 11: Depart Wellington.

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Grand Pacific 11 day Ultimate Warbirds Over Wanaka Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive into Christchurch

Arrive Christchurch City

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.

Your Accommodation: Hotel Montreal

Hotel Montreal offers luxurious inner city Christchurch accommodation just a short walk to the cafes and restaurants of Victoria St. The spacious suites also include a kitchenette or kitchen and your own private balcony.

Meals included: Dinner

Hotel Montreal

Day 2: Christchurch to Mount Cook

Mt Cook to Christchurch

Enjoy a city sights tour of Christchurch before arriving at 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. Travel through the Southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. Visit the Church of the Good Shepherd and view 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 Mount Cook

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

Hermitage Hotel Mount Cook

Day 3: Mount Cook to Queenstown

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, situation on magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free to dine at one of the many fine restaurants in town.

Your Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you we're 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

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 4: Explore Queenstown or attend Warbirds opening day

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

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you we're 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

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 5: Enjoy Warbirds over Wanaka

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

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you we're 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

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 6: Final day of Warbirds over Wanaka

Final day of Warbirds over Wanaka

On the final day of the Airshow you will see extraordinary flying acts with famous military fighter aircraft spanning 100 years through to the jets of today. See the Corsair, Kittyhawk, Spitfire, Mustang and RNZAF’s new Black Falcons aerobatic display.  The show culminates in a huge mock air battle complete with pyrotechnics.

Your Accommodation: Heritage Hotel Queenstown

At Heritage Queenstown you could be forgiven for thinking you we're 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

Heritage Hotel Queenstown

Day 7: Journey from Queenstown to Franz Josef

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

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

Te Waonui Forest Retreat

Day 8: Franz Josef to Arthur's Pass, then board the TranzAlpine to Christchurch

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: Hotel Montreal

Hotel Montreal offers luxurious inner city Christchurch accommodation just a short walk to the cafes and restaurants of Victoria St. The spacious suites also include a kitchenette or kitchen and your own private balcony.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel Montreal

Day 9: Christchurch to Blenheim

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

A luxury resort experience in the heart of the Marlborough's farm vineyards. Open plan well equipped rooms with individual private patios.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Marlborough Vintners Hotel

Day 10: Blenheim to Wellington

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

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

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

InterContinental Wellington

Day 11: Depart Wellington

Farewell from Wellington

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

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