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Grand Pacific ToursGrand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island

Starting in Christchurch this tour will take you on a loop of the south island during which you will experience the TranzApline scenic train, see the rugged west coast and enjoy a 3-day airshow in the stunning Wanaka setting.  With a beautiful mountain backdrop, this airshow takes place within a natural amphitheatre and attracts many international aviation enthusiasts.

 New Zealand escorted tour
 Starts in Christchurch, finishes in Christchurch
 8 days/ 7 nights
 Hotel 4 star
  Pre and post tour options? YES Enquire Enquire
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Included in this tour package

Tour map
Wanaka Airshow
Lake Wakatipu

At a glance - Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport (or similar)

Day 2: Head West to the coast, Franz Josef. Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)

Day 3: From Franz Josef to Queenstown. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 4: Enjoy a day of leisure in Queenstown or Wanaka or explore day one of the airshow. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 5: Warbirds over Wanaka. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 6: Final day of Warbirds over Wanaka. Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 7: Queenstown to Christchurch. Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport (or similar)

Day 8: Depart from Christchurch.

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Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch

Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Day 1

Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island

This fully escorted 8-day tour gives you access to the outstanding beauty of New Zealand's South Island, the incredible Warbirds over Wanaka and much more. 

Arrive into Christchurch

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

Your Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport (or similar)

Located 2 minutes from the Christchurch International Airport the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport is just 15 minutes from Christchurch City Centre.

Meals included: Dinner

Sudima Christchurch Airport (or similar)

Day 2: Head West to the coast, Franz Josef

Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Day 2

Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

This morning board the TranzAlpine, 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 arriving at Franz Josef where time is  available to experience a scenic flight (optional, weather permitting) over the spectacular glaciers.

Your Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (or similar)

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 (or similar)

Day 3: From Franz Josef to Queenstown

Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Day 3

Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

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 picturesque Queenstown, a year round resort situated on the shores of magical Lake Wakatipu.

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 4: Enjoy a day of leisure in Queenstown or Wanaka or explore day one of the airshow

Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Day 4

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: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 5: Warbirds over Wanaka

Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Day 5

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: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 6: Final day of Warbirds over Wanaka

Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Day 6

Final day of Warbirds over Wanaka

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!

Your Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

The Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Queenstown Lakefront is conveniently located within walking distance to the centre of Queenstown and just a few minutes stroll from the picturesque Lake Wakatipu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Day 7: Queenstown to Christchurch

Grand Pacific 8 Day Classic Warbirds South Island - Day 7

Queenstown to Christchurch

Depart Queenstown and 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. 

Your Accommodation: Sudima Christchurch Airport (or similar)

Located 2 minutes from the Christchurch International Airport the Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport is just 15 minutes from Christchurch City Centre.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Sudima Christchurch Airport (or similar)

Day 8: Depart from Christchurch

Depart Christchurch

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

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