8 Day South Island Escape

8 Day South Island Escape

Fully escorted tour of the South Island highlights featuring the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow

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Tour Info

Tour Type: Special Interest Coach Tour
From: Christchurch to Christchurch
Departures: Apr 2020 to Apr 2020
Price: From (NZD) $3894 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 8 Days
Tour Code: gpsi08w


7 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
7 cooked breakfasts (B) and 6 dinners (D)
48 seat modern coach travel, 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
Professional Coach Captain & Tour Guide
Personalised meet and greet on arrival and return airport transfers in New Zealand
3 Day Warbirds Over Wanaka Gold Pass
Grandstand seating, Souvenir Gold Cap and Badge , airshow programme, and Exclusive marquee access with CCTV
Opportunity to walk the flight line & Entry to the Warbirds & Wheels Museum
TranzAlpine Rail Journey
Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

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Day by Day Tour Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive Christchurch

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.

Stay: Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - Arthur’s Pass - Franz Josef

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

Stay: Hotel Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier (Douglas Wing (B, D)

Day 3
Franz Josef - 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. This evening is at leisure and you may choose to dine out at one of the many fine restaurants.

Stay: Hotel Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront (4 nights) (B)

Day 4
Queenstown - 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 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. (B, D)

Day 5
Warbirds Over Wanaka

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. (B, D)

Day 6
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! (B, D)

Day 7
Queenstown - Christchurch

Depart Queenstown & 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.

Stay: Hotel Sudima Christchurch Airport Hotel (B, D)

Day 15
Depart Christchurch

Your tour concludes this morning. You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (B)

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8 Day South Island Escape
Special Interest Coach Tour
Tour Code: gpsi08w
From (NZD) $3894 per person
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Departures: Apr 2020 to Apr 2020

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