10 Day Warbirds Over Wanaka South Island Experience Package

NZ$3199 per adult

10 Day Warbirds Over Wanaka South Island Experience 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 (Silver Pass 1 x day, option to upgrade)
  • Taieri Gorge Railway Journey
  • Te Anau Glowworm Cave Tour
  • Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise

Day 1, 29 March 2018 Arrive Queenstown > Wanaka

Arrive in Queenstown, the adventure capital of New Zealand. Collect your rental car from the airport and drive over the Crown Range to Wanaka, admiring the fantastic views along the way. Be sure to stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a refreshment before your arrival into Wanaka, an alpine town boasting panoramic views and a relaxing atmosphere.

Stay 4 nights in Wanaka.

Day 2, 30 March 2018 Wanaka

Enjoy the 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.

Day 3, 31 March 2018 Warbirds Over Wanaka

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

Day 4, 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 5, 02 April 2018 Dunedin

Driving time Wanaka to Dunedin 275 km / 170 miles, 4 hours

Drive through historic Central Otago – past farmland, orchards, and vineyards – to reach Dunedin, one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the southern hemisphere. Dunedin offers a diverse range of experiences including the Cadbury Chocolate Factory, the Speight’s Brewery, Larnach Castle and of course the stunning Otago Peninsula.

Stay 2 nights in Dunedin.

Day 6, 03 April 2018 Dunedin

Today, join the Taieri Gorge Railway for one of the world’s great train trips, an experience not to be missed. Departing from Dunedin’s beautiful railway station, the Taieri Gorge Railway begins its scenic journey into some of New Zealand’s most rugged, ever-changing scenery. The train travels into the Taieri Gorge, a narrow and deep canyon carved out over aeons by the ancient Taieri River. The train negotiates the gorge with ease as it travels through ten tunnels and over countless bridges and viaducts. The train will stop or slow down at various scenic points along the way, and you will get the chance to take photos or disembark to look around. Stand on the open-air platforms while the train moves, or enjoy a quiet drink and food from the onboard cafe while the train manager tells the story of the nature and history of the area.

Day 7, 04 April 2018 Te Anau

Driving time Dunedin to Te Anau 289 km / 179 miles, 4 hours

Venture inland to heartland New Zealand as you travel to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park.

In the afternoon, explore a mysterious underground world of rushing water before drifting in silent darkness beneath the luminous shimmer of thousands of glowworms. Your Te Anau Glowworm Cave adventure begins with a cruise across beautiful Lake Te Anau on board the catamaran Luminosa to the western side of the lake. On arrival, there is time to view the interesting displays at Cavern House before your friendly guides accompany you underground in small groups. As you explore by path and small boat, your senses will be overwhelmed. In this mysterious underground world, discover fossils and rock formations and view rushing waterfalls and whirlpools. Learn how the caves are still being carved out by the incredible and relentless power of nature before gliding through silent darkness to the glowworm grotto. The delicate incandescence of thousands of tiny glowworms is a magical sight!

Stay 2 nights in Te Anau.

Day 8, 05 April 2018 Te Anau

Driving time Te Anau to Manapouri 21 km / 13 miles, 20 minutes

Doubtful Sound and the Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise are the next step up from Milford Sound! In Manapouri, board your luxury catamaran and cruise across picturesque Lake Manapouri, followed by a trip across Wilmot Pass, pausing along the way to experience the dense Fiordland rainforest and view Doubtful Sound glistening far below. In Doubtful Sound, you will board another catamaran for a three-hour cruise through this pristine fiord. During the cruise, your knowledgeable and friendly nature guides will share with you their passion for the region through their commentary. They will answer questions, point out landmarks and provide you with information about the varied wildlife you may encounter, including dolphins, fur seals and the rare Fiordland crested penguin.

Day 9, 06 April 2018 Queenstown

Driving time Te Anau to Queenstown 174 km / 108 miles, 3 hours

Venture past Lake Wakatipu, a picturesque glacial lake framed by rugged mountains, on your return to Queenstown.

Stay 2 nights in Queenstown.

Day 10, 07 April 2018 Queenstown

Relax and enjoy your final day in Queenstown, with the option to add on a Central Otago wine tour, a helicopter flight, or a 4WD tour to make the most of your time.

In the evening, raise a glass to a fantastic holiday!

Day 11, 08 April 2018 Depart Queenstown

Drop your rental car off at Queenstown Airport and depart Queenstown at your leisure.