13 Day South Island Getaway

13 Day South Island Getaway

Fully escorted tour of the majestic South Island 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) $5274 per person
Tour Operator: Grand Pacific Tours
Duration: 13 Days
Tour Code: gpsi13w


12 nights 4 star hotel accommodation
12 cooked breakfasts (B), 2 picnic lunches (L) and 11 dinners (D) including one specialty dinner (SD)
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
Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Larnach Castle
Speights Brewery Tour & Tasting
Burt Munro, World’s Fastest Indian Memorabilia
Bill Richardson Transport World
Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre
Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
Lakes District Museum
TranzAlpine Rail Journey
City sights tour of Christchurch and Dunedin
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 Distinction Christchurch (D)

Day 2
Christchurch - 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.

Stay: Hotel Scenic Hotel Southern Cross (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 3
Dunedin Sightseeing

This morning travel along the beautiful Otago Harbour viewing many scenic highlights. At Larnach Castle enjoy a guided tour and hear the tragic and scandalous history. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Return to the city for time at leisure. Later, visit Speight’s Brewery, a Dunedin icon, for an informative and interactive tour through this working brewery. The tasting session will be followed by a delicious dinner at the Ale House restaurant. (B, SD)

Day 4
Dunedin - Invercargill

Today travel south through The Catlins. Enjoy a walk into Nugget Point and view wildlife before continuing to Purakaunui for a walk into the spectacular triple tiered cascading waterfall 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.

Stay: Hotel The Ascot Park Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 5
Invercargill - Te Anau

This morning visit the Bill Richardson Transport World for a tour of this amazing private collection. Housed in a purpose-built Art Deco building, displays include vintage trucks, rare classic cars, petrol pumps as well as an ever-growing showcase of Wearable Arts. Travel via Gore to Mandeville Airfield to visit the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre where aircraft is mostly from the 1920s and 30s including the largest collection of de Havilland aircraft in the southern hemisphere. Continue to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland.

Stay: Hotel Distinction Luxmore (Superior Room. 2 nights) (B,D)

Day 6
Te Anau - Milford Sound - 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. Return to Te Anau where some free time is available. This evening you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional). (B,L,D)

Day 7
Te Anau – Arrowtown - 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.

Stay: Hotel Millennium Queenstown Resort (4 nights) (B)

Day 8
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 9
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 10
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 11
Queenstown - 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.

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

Day 12
Franz Josef – Christchurch

Travel to Hokitika, famous for its greenstone then continue to Arthur’s Pass where you 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. This evening enjoy dinner with your new found friends.

Stay: Hotel Distinction Christchurch (B,D)

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 South Island Getaway
Special Interest Coach Tour
Tour Code: gpsi13w
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Departures: Apr 2020 to Apr 2020

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