DC3 Vintage Air Safari from Christchurch

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    9 days/8 nights DC3 Vintage Air Safari
    From $10,990 per person share twin
    Single Supplement: Additional $1260 per person
    Tour date: 10 April 2021

    Maximum 20 People

    Experience a truly unique piece of New Zealand’s aviation history as you tour the South Island, aboard a Douglas DC-3. This aircraft flew as part of the National Airways Corporation (NAC) from 1947-1978 when it formed the country’s regional domestic airline. The aircraft has returned to National Airways Corporation (NAC) colours in recognition of its long and extensive history with domestic flights in New Zealand. The DC-3 is a dream way to travel, with wide doors and aisles, large ‘skyliner’ windows, comfortable seating, and great in-flight service options available. We bring to you the ultimate opportunity to join us for a 9 day, very special experience, touring through the South Island aboard this this classic aircraft.

    Deal Includes
     Air Safari on a DC3 aircraft
     Fully escorted tour director
    ✔ 7 nights in centrally located accommodation including breakfast daily
    ✔ Overnight-cruise on Fiordland Navigator/Doubtful Sound
    ✔ 7x Dinners as stated in the itinerary
    ✔ Sightseeing includes: Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Ashburton Aviation Museum, Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, Cruise on Doubtful Sound, Jet Boat Ride Te Anau, Fiordland Cinema At Whenua, Warbird and Wheels Museum Wanaka, Cruise on Lake Wanaka, Glacier Explorer excursion on Tasman Glacier
    ✔ Luggage allowance of 15kg per person


    Day 1 | Sat 10 Apr 2021 – Arrive in Christchurch 

    Arrive into Christchurch and make your own way to the hotel. This evening you will enjoy dinner at the hotel and the opportunity to meet your fellow aviation enthusiasts and your tour guide.

    Hotel: Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

    Day 2 | Sun 11 Apr 2021 – Christchurch – Banks Peninsula – Ashburton – Oamaru 

    This morning after having breakfast at our hotel we are picked up by a coach and experience a morning Christchurch sightseeing tour, taking in the history, architecture and more recent rebuild of the Garden City. The tour of the city concludes at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. The Museum is situated on 37 hectares of land and is accommodated in six buildings onsite with a total of approximately 5,000m2 of display area and 14,000m2 of storage and workshop space. Here you will experience a fully-guided, private tour and discover the work that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ in the Museum’s collections areas, as well learning more about the historic buildings. Following the tour is time for lunch at the Museum’s café (own expense).

    This afternoon it’s time, as we board our DC-3, the fully restored “grand old lady” of the skies bound for Oamaru! The plan is to take the scenic route over Banks Peninsula (weather permitting). But first we touch down in Ashburton to visit the Ashburton Aviation Museum.  On arrival in Oamaru we are transferred to the Brydone Hotel where we are staying for the night. There will be time to refresh before we head out on a tour of the little Blue Penguins of Oamaru. Following this we return to our hotel for dinner.

    Hotel: Brydone Hotel Oamaru

    Day 3 | Mon 12 Apr 2021 – Oamaru – Te Anau – Doubtful Sound 

    This morning we rise early, have breakfast at our hotel and transfer to the airport. Boarding our mighty aircraft we continue onto Manapouri, where we board a boat and take a short cruise across Lake Manapouri. A coach then takes us across Wilmot Pass, travelling on a sub-alpine road through dense rainforest. Arriving at Deep Cove we are met by our crew and the majestic Fiordland Navigator. Designed along the lines of a traditional scow, the Fiordland Navigator blends old world charm with modern comforts that include spacious viewing decks, a dining saloon with fully licensed bar and an observation lounge. This will be our accommodation tonight while we cruise Doubtful Sound.

    As we cruise through some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery, knowledgeable nature guides provide commentary ensuring we miss nothing, be it the pod of resident dolphins, fur seals or rare penguins you might encounter.

    After dropping anchor in a sheltered cove, you can choose to explore the shoreline by kayak or tender boat – or to simply relax on board. For the adventurous (or very brave), there’s even a chance to go swimming. All activities are weather dependent.

    In the evening, you’ll enjoy a delicious three-course buffet dinner prepared by the on-board chef, savour some of the fine wines at the licensed bar and if the skies are clear in the evening, spend some time on the upper deck gazing at the stars.

    Overnight: Fiordland Navigator Doubtful Sound Cruise

    Day 4 | Tue 13 Apr 2021 – Doubtful Sound – Te Anau – Fiordland National Park

    This morning we begin the day with a hearty cooked breakfast menu and get ready to enjoy the rest of the morning exploring other parts of the fiord. Later this morning, you’ll return to Deep Cove, the trip back to Manapouri and many, many conversations telling friends just how amazing your trip was. On arrival in Manapouri we will be picked up by coach and transferred the short journey to Te Anau, where there is time for lunch and exploring this lakeside town (lunch own expense).

    This afternoon, we experience a jet boating trip down the majestic trout filled Waiau River, to the serene Lake Manapouri, step foot into ancient beach forests and learn all about this unique location among Fiordland National Park.

    We then return to shore and visit Fiordland Cinema to watch the short movie called Ata Whenua – Shadowland. Mysterious, evocative, exhilarating and utterly spectacular, filmed mostly from a helicopter across extremes of season, climate and terrain. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel.

    Hotel: Distinction Luxmore Te Anau

    Day 5 | Wed 14 Apr 2021 – Te Anau – Milford Sound – Wanaka

    We wake this morning and have breakfast at our hotel before being picked up and transferred to Te Anau airport and boarding our majestic DC-3. Today we depart Te Anau and fly via Milford Sound (subject to weather conditions) to Wanaka.

    We begin with a visit to Warbirds and Wheels Museum which houses New Zealand’s best collection of luxury American Classic cars and Vintage vehicles. Following the visit to the museum we transfer back into Wanaka, the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore or relax at Edgewater Resort where we also enjoy dinner tonight.

    Hotel: Edgewater Resort Wanaka

    Day 6 | Thu 15 Apr 2021 – Wanaka

    This morning enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the beautiful setting of our accommodation, before we head of on an Eco Lake Wanaka Cruise.

    A 30 minute cruise across the lake takes us to this nature reserve island, situated in the middle of Lake Wanaka surrounded by stunning alpine vistas. Once on Mou Waho Island your eco guide points out the varied native plant and birdlife including the rare Buff Weka, a very inquisitive flightless bird, (extinct on mainland NZ since 1920). A one hour return guided bush walk is included, which takes you up to reveal the island’s secret – a serene lake right on top of the island! You also get to plant a native tree as part of your eco-experience eco Wanaka has planted over 8000 trees on Mou Waho Island over their 14 years of operation.

    The rest of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure to explore Wanaka, dinner is also at your leisure and choice in town (own expense).

    Hotel: Edgewater Resort Wanaka

    Day 7 | Fri 16 Apr 2021 – Wanaka – Mt Cook National Park

    This morning we have breakfast before setting off from our hotel to the airport and again boarding our DC-3. Today we are bound for Mount Cook in what should be a stunning flight with breath taking alpine views (weather permitting).

    On arrival we are transferred to Mount Cook Village which sits amongst sky-scraping peaks, phenomenal glaciers, permanent snow and all beneath a stunning star-studded sky at night.

    This afternoon can be at your leisure to explore or relax soaking in the beautiful alpine environment or you could opt to treat yourself to a scenic flight up the stunning Tasman Valley, fly in and hike or climb on a glacier in New Zealand’s big mountain country, or experience the ultimate in alpine adventures with a World Exclusive tour. Tonight dinner is at the hotel.

    Hotel: Hermitage Hotel (Premium Rooms)

    Day 8 | Sat 17 Apr 2021 – Mt Cook National Park – Christchurch 

    After breakfast at our hotel this morning we get to experience the only tour of its kind in New Zealand, visiting one of the only accessible glacial lakes containing icebergs in the world. A totally unique and special experience.

    We then enjoy lunch at the hotel (own expense) before transferring to our majestic DC-3 and flying through the alps and over the Canterbury plains to Christchurch.

    The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure before we meet again in the evening for a farewell Dinner and sharing our stories from this great aviation adventure.

    Hotel: Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch

    Day 9 | Sun 18 Apr 2021 – Depart Christchurch

    Breakfast at the hotel this morning as your tour concludes. An onward transfer can be arranged on request.