10 Day Warbirds Over Wanaka Package

NZ$2899 per adult

10 Day Warbirds Over Wanaka Holiday Package

Discover the stunning South Island with this all inclusive self drive holiday package…

Warbirds Over Wanaka Holiday Package Includes:

  • 10 Nights in 4 Star Accommodation
  • Car Hire: Premium Toyota Corolla Automatic including Full Insurance (0 – 18 months old)
  • Warbirds Over Wanaka Tickets (General Admission 1  x day, option to upgrade)
  • TSS Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruise & Walter Peak High Country Farm Evening Dining
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise ex Queenstown by Scenic Coach
  • TranzAlpine Train Journey Greymouth to Christchurch

Day 1, 26 March 2018 Arrive Christchurch

Arrive in Christchurch, New Zealand’s Garden City. Collect your rental car from the airport, discover the city or relax in your Christchurch accommodation.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 2, 27 March 2018 Lake Tekapo

Driving time Christchurch to Lake Tekapo 230 km / 143 miles, 3 hours

Depart Christchurch and travel south across the Canterbury Plains and inland towards the Southern Alps to reach Lake Tekapo an amazing turquoise blue lake. Tekapo presents many world class attractions from the famous Church of the Good Shepherd, to scenic flights exploring NZ’s highest mountains and largest glaciers; including Mt Cook, Tasman, Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.

Stay 1 night in Lake Tekapo.

Day 3, 28 March 2018 Queenstown

Driving time Lake Tekapo to Queenstown 254 km / 158 miles, 3 hours

Venture past Lake Pukaki a picturesque turquoise glacial lake, before you travel through the dramatic Lindis Pass which links the Mackenzie Basin with Central Otago. Queenstown awaits you, New Zealand’s adventure capital.

In the evening relive the elegance of turn-of-the-century travel with a cruise aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw, the only coal fired passenger carrying vessel still operating in the southern hemisphere. Step aboard – watch the stokers fueling the fireboxes and hear the hiss of the steam engines working as the TSS Earnslaw takes you on a nostalgic cruise over beautiful Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm where you will enjoy a stunning gourmet BBQ dinner. An entertaining after dinner farm show provides a glimpse into high country farming life. Then on your return cruise, relax with a drink from the bar or join a fun sing-along with the ship’s pianist.

Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.

Day 4, 29 March 2018 Queenstown > Milford Sound

Enjoy a scenic coach journey through heartland New Zealand to reach Milford Sound. The Milford Road (between Te Anau and Milford) is one of the finest alpine drives in the world. The scenery is exceptional, ranging from broad grassy flats, dense rainforest, and towering mountains through to glacial lakes and alpine herb fields. No other road in Fiordland offers such a diverse glimpse into New Zealand’s alpine zone. Your luxury coach has been purpose built for travelling the Milford Road, incorporating the latest technology for comfort and safety. The seats are tiered and angled towards the windows to maximise your views, and the expansive glass roof provides breathtaking sights of the snow-capped peaks. The schedule includes plenty of time for short nature walks and photo opportunities along the way. Upon reaching Milford Sound you will enjoy a 2.5 hour Milford Sound Nature Cruise. With specialist nature guides on board, Real Journeys Nature Cruises offer a close-up experience of Milford Sound’s rainforest, soaring rock walls, and wildlife. Throughout the cruise, the guides share stories of the fiord’s history and are happy to answer your questions. After your cruise relax while your coach cruises through stunning scenery delivering you back to your Queenstown accommodation.

Day 5, 30 March 2018 Wanaka

Driving time Queenstown to Wanaka 70 km / 43 miles, 1 hour

Drive over the Crown Range, New Zealand’s highest State Highway and admire vistas from fantastic viewing points. Be sure to stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Wanaka, boasting panoramic views and a relaxing atmosphere.

Enjoy Warbirds Practice Day. A special World War I centenary celebration on the Wanaka lakefront will be free for locals and visitors. The aim is to educate new generations about the role aircraft and New Zealand pilots played in the Great War 100 years ago. Come and see these extraordinary aircraft flying over Lake Wanaka.

Stay 4 nights in Wanaka.

Day 6, 31 March 2018 Warbirds Over Wanaka

  • Morning Programme
  • RNZAF DISPLAY
  • Lunchtime Entertainment
  • Main Warbird Display
  • The Grand Finale

Day 7, 01 April 2018 Warbirds Over Wanaka

Today the choice is yours, enjoy the last day of Warbirds Over Wanaka or relax and explore Wanaka.

  • Morning Programme
  • RNZAF DISPLAY
  • Lunchtime Entertainment
  • Main Warbird Display
  • The Grand Finale

Day 8, 02 April 2018 Wanaka

Relax in Wanaka, exploring it’s attractions such as Rippon Vineyard, the boutique shops, Cinema Paradiso and Puzzling World.

Day 9, 03 April 2018 Franz Josef

Driving time Wanaka to Franz Josef 285 km / 177 miles, 3.5 hours

Discover the Haast Pass Highway where there are many short walks and natural attractions to view along the way. Continue north, through dense rain forest broken by rugged coastal vistas, towards New Zealand’s glaciers. In the afternoon add on a scenic helicopter flight sweeping above Westland National Park as you explore Franz Josef Glacier before landing in the snow.

Stay 1 night in Franz Josef.

Day 10, 04 April 2018 Greymouth > Christchurch

Driving time Franz Josef to Greymouth 180 km / 112 miles, 2.5 hours

Drive north to reach Greymouth where you will drop off your rental car and board your TranzAlpine Train which journeys from the West to East Coast. Board the TranzAlpine – from your carriage you’ll see lush beech rain forest, the spectacular Southern Alps, the gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River, followed by the fields of the Canterbury Plains and picturesque farmland. All carriages include both one way seating and tabled group seating, allowing you to experience the amazing views while enjoying the company of other passengers on-board. An open air viewing carriage allows you to get even closer to the stunning scenery. The trip is 223.8 kilometres long and takes just 4.5 hours. There are 16 tunnels and 5 viaducts, the highest being the ‘Staircase’ standing at 73 metres. Arrive in the garden city of Christchurch.

Stay 1 night in Christchurch.

Day 11, 05 April 2018 Depart Christchurch

Depart Christchurch at your leisure.