13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour

13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour

Fully escorted tour of the North and South Island, including the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow.

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Special Interest Coach Tour
From: Auckland to Christchurch
Departures: Apr 2019 to Apr 2019
Price: From (NZD) $5414 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 13 Days
Tour Code: gpnz13cf


12 nights quality hotel accommodation
12 cooked breakfasts (B), 1 buffet lunch (L), and 10 dinners (D) including one specialty dinner (SD)
Modern coach travel with 2-door access, restroom, reclining seats, and panoramic windows
Professional Coach Captain
Personalised meet and greet on arrival and return airport transfers in New Zealand
3-day Yealands Classic Fighters Gold Pass
Grandstand seating, souvenir cap, airshow programme, and entry to the Knights of the Sky exhibition
Auckland War Memorial Museum
Museum of Transport and Technology Aviation Collection
Glenbrook Vintage Railway
Hobbiton Movie Set Tour
Skyline Gondola and Luge
Thermal mud pools and geysers
Cultural experience at Tamaki Māori Village
Hawke's Bay Express – Napier
Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand
Air Force Museum of New Zealand
International Antarctic Centre
Christchurch Tram
City sights tours of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Auckland

On arrival into Auckland you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Rydges Auckland (2 nights) (D)

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 Collection 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. (B, D)

Day 3
Auckland - Rotorua

This morning travel to Glenbrook Vintage Railway for a nostalgic 15km 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 10 acre site recounting fascinating details of how the set was created. Continue to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

Stay: Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (Superior Room) (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 4

Today begins with a gondola ride to Stratosfare Restaurant where a buffet breakfast and spectacular views are on offer. 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. Travel to Te Puia for a tour of the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before travelling to Tamaki Māori Village for an interactive and educational experience which culminates in a cultural performance and traditional hāngī feast. (B, D)

Day 5
Rotorua - Napier - Marsterton

Depart Rotorua and travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to Huka Falls and Lake Taupō. Continue to Napier, known as the ‘Art Deco Capital of the World’. Board the Hawke’s Bay Express where a city tour will showcase an impressive collection of Art Deco buildings and you will hear informative commentary on the fascinating history. Continue through the Wairarapa, an emerging cool-climate wine region.

Stay: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park (B, D)

Day 6
Masterton - Greytown - Wellington

This morning enjoy a short break in the quaint town of Greytown before winding your way through the scenic Remutaka Ranges into Wellington, New Zealand’s capital. Enjoy an extensive city tour which will highlight the history and culture on show here.

Stay: James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (B, D)

Day 7
Wellington - Picton - Blenheim

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Te Papa, with exhibits that embrace both Māori 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.

Stay: Chateau Marlborough (4 nights) (B, D)

Day 8
Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow Day 1

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 practise 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 Ōmaka 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 WWI aircraft. (B, D)

Day 9
Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow Day 2

Over the next two days the Ōmaka 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. (B)

Day 10
Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow Day 3

On the final day of the Airshow you will see a vast array of display aircraft, and 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. (B, D)

Day 11
Blenheim - Christchurch

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

Stay: Distinction Christchurch (2 nights) (B)

Day 12

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 newfound friends. (B, SD)

Day 13
Depart Christchurch

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

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13 Day Classic Fighters New Zealand Tour
Special Interest Coach Tour
Tour Code: gpnz13cf
From (NZD) $5414 per person
Save (NZD) $285 per person
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Departures: Apr 2019 to Apr 2019

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