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Grand Pacific ToursGrand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway

With a strong focus on aviation, this tour is an enthusiasts dream. Complemented with a stunning mountain backdrop you'll have the opportunity to explore New Zealand's South Island, travel the TranzAlpine Scenic Railway and many other local attractions as well as visit the Wanaka Warbirds Airshow over Easter.  There's only one departure date so guarantee your seat today!
If you do not wish to attend the airshow you will receive a $310 pp discount and be able to spend the 3 days exploring Queenstown at your own expense. This must be mentioned at time of booking.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 13 days/ 12 nights
 Hotel 4 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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TranzAlpine Scenic Train
Milford Sound

At a glance - Grand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch. Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 2: Travel south to Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 3: Sightseeing in Dunedin. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 4: Travel to the most southern city, Invercargill. Accommodation: Ascot Park Hotel

Day 5: Inland to Te Anau. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

Day 6: Enjoy a day cruise along the world famous Milford Sound. Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

Day 7: From Te Anau to Queenstown, via Arrowtown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 8: Enjoy a free day in Wanaka or Queenstown. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 9: Visit the Warbirds over Wanaka. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 10: The final day of Warbirds over Wanaka. Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 11: Head up the west coast to Franz Josef. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 12: From Franz Josef venture to Christchurch travelling on the TranzAlpine Scenic Railway. Accommodation: Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 13: Say goodbye in Christchurch.

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Grand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch

Grand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway - Day 1

Arrive into Christchurch

Arrive into Christchurch where you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Grand Pacific 13 Day South Island Getaway

This fully escorted 13-day tour gives you access to the outstanding beauty of New Zealand's South Island, the incredible Warbirds over Wanaka and much more. 

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: Dinner

Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 2: Travel south to Dunedin

Grand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway - Day 2

Christchurch to Dunedin

Depart Christchurch and travel to the Air Force Museum of New Zealand for a "behind the scenes" tour which showcases the restoration projects in action and provides a rare opportunity to climb inside a Bristol Freighter aircraft. Travel south to Oamaru, famous for its Limestone before arriving into Dunedin for an informative city tour. 

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation and is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Just a short walk to the Octagon, Railway Station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago University.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 3: Sightseeing in Dunedin

Grand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway - Day 3

Dunedin

This morning travel along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach castle where you hear of tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by delicious Devonshire Tea. Return to the city for an informative city tour of Speights Brewery (optional) or the chance to see wildlife in their natural habitat (optional). Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food and Haggis and gift ceremony. 


Meals included - breakfast at your hotel and speciality Scottish Evening.

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This evening enjoy a 'Scottish Evening' comprising bagpipes, great food and a special haggis ceremony.


Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

The Scenic Hotel Southern Cross provides stylish inner city accommodation and is the perfect location from which to explore Dunedin. Just a short walk to the Octagon, Railway Station, theatres, shops, and close to Otago University.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Day 4: Travel to the most southern city, Invercargill

Grand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway - Day 4

Dunedin to Invercargill via the Catlins

Today travel south through the Catlins. Enjoy a walk into Nugget Point and view the various wildlife before continuing to Purakaunui for a walk into the falls with time to relax and enjoy a picnic lunch. Later continue to Invercargill, home of the legendary Burt Munro, Speed Bike Racer as depicted in the movie ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’ to view some of his memorabilia.

Your Accommodation: Ascot Park Hotel

The Ascot Park Hotel is Invercargill's largest hotel, offering both motel and hotel accommodation with a great range of facilities. Set in park like surrounds its a great base for a visit to the southern city of Invercargill.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ascot Park Hotel

Day 5: Inland to Te Anau

Grand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway - Day 5

Invercargill to Te Anau including a visit to Bill Richardson Transport Museum

This morning visit the Bill Richardson Transport Museum for a tour of this amazing private collection. Housed in a purpose built Art Deco building you will be immersed back to the 19th century. Displays include vintage trucks, rare classic cars, petrol pumps as well as an ever growing showcase of wearable arts. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. Tonight after dinner you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Your Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

Day 6: Enjoy a day cruise along the world famous Milford Sound

Grand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway - Day 6

Te Anau to Milford Sound to Te Anau

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon return to Te Anau where some free time is available. This evening you may like to visit the Fiordland Cinema, specially constructed to screen the locally filmed movie Ata Whenua - Shadowland which will take you on an unforgettable journey. (optional).

Your Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

The perfect base for all your Fiordland travel, Distinction Luxmore Hotel provides comfortable accommodation right in the heart of Te Anau.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau

Day 7: From Te Anau to Queenstown, via Arrowtown

Grand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway - Day 7

Te Anau to Queenstown

Travel to Arrowtown, an old gold mining village and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue to Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu. This evening is free to dine at one of the many fine restaurants in town.

Your Accommodation: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 8: Enjoy a free day in Wanaka or Queenstown

Grand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway - Day 8

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: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 9: Visit the Warbirds over Wanaka

Grand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway - Day 9

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: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 10: The final day of Warbirds over Wanaka

Grand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway - Day 10

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: Millennium Hotel Queenstown

The 4 star deluxe Millennium Hotel Queenstown is located in the heart of Queenstown within minutes of the central shopping and entertainment area.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Millennium Hotel Queenstown

Day 11: Head up the west coast to Franz Josef

Grand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway - Day 11

Queenstown to Franz Josef

Depart Queenstown and travel 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. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic helicopter flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers before continuing to Franz Josef.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Located in the heart of Franz Josef Village the hotel offers all the amenities you would expect and is close to the shops, restaurants and activities on offer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Day 12: From Franz Josef venture to Christchurch travelling on the TranzAlpine Scenic Railway

Grand Pacific Tours 13 Day Warbirds South Island Getaway - Day 12

Franz Josef Glacier to Arthur's Pass, Tranz Alpine train to Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into 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 coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

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, Dinner

Distinction Christchurch Hotel

Day 13: Say goodbye in Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

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

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