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DC-3 Autumn East Coast Tour (5 Days)


Wednesday 14 April 2021

(Returns Sunday 18 April 2021) 


NZ $4,450 per person share twin/double


NZ $4,890 for guaranteed single room



Think you’ve seen the scenic East Coast region properly? Not until you’ve done it our way! This exceptional ‘DC-3 Air Tour’ is an experience like no other. You’ll cruise ‘low and slow’, passing by magnificent coastal cliffs and scenic hill country. Sweep low over superb beaches, beautiful rivers, lakes and splendid autumn-hued landscapes. The dramatic Whakaari White Island flypast is back too – at a safe, respectful distance of course. These unique, low level views really are breath-taking. There is simply no better way to explore and appreciate Coromandel, the Bay of Plenty, East Cape, Hawkes Bay, Taupo and more. 

Meanwhile the carefully selected ground activities create a rich tapestry, packed with value. Visit enchanting Hobbiton and the Redwood Treewalk (Rotorua’s newest eco-attraction). Explore the significant Eastwoodhill Arboretum in all its autumn glory then walk with stingrays near Gisborne if you dare! Drive cross-country over the extensive Cape Kidnappers Station for a close up view of the amazing gannet colony and enjoy the thrilling Huka Falls jet boat ride near Taupo. And there’ll be wine tasting too – naturally!

Expect ‘yesteryear’ aviation touches with relaxed small airport departures, grass runway landings, and visits to the DC-3 cockpit during flights – yes, just like the good old days! You’ll be accompanied by a tour director and your DC-3 crew includes two professional pilots and a flight attendant. Stay in quality 4-star + hotels with meals included every day. There are two excellent one night stays (Rotorua and Gisborne) then a 2-night sea-view stopover in Napier. With only 24 guests at most, this remarkable tour is sociable and relaxed. See New Zealand without the crowds – you know there’ll never be a better opportunity than this! 



The DC-3 airliner revolutionised air travel with an innovative design featuring the very best performance elements of the period. It’s enduring character and robust reputation was established in wartime and sealed in faithful airline service into the 1960’s and beyond. Today, the DC-3’s gracious charm, sedate speed and lower altitude cruising make it ideal for scenic flightseeing and comfortable air touring.

Your extensively restored Air Tour DC-3, meticulously maintained and operated by Fly DC-3 NZ, is one of only a few in the world with a full, current ‘Airline Operating Certificate’ (AOC). ‘ZK-DAK’ operates on sightseeing flights, special interest and corporate flights and in regular air show displays. Her distinctive Pratt & Whitney radial engines always draw admiring eyes skywards. Built in 1944 as a C-47B by the Douglas Aircraft Company (in Oklahoma City) her initial service was in the continental United States. Conversion to a C-47D in 1946 was followed by service in Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, New Guinea and Australia. In 1987 she was purchased by a group of NZ pilots and Warbird members and brought here for an extensive rebuild. Inside ZK-DAK today you will find a pleasant, commercially styled cabin with two seats either side of the single aisle. The seats are from a Boeing 767, with standard airline seat belts. Generous square windows offer pleasant outside viewing and photo opportunities.

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No of People
5 Days
NZ $4,450.00 / Total
5 Days
NZ $4,450.00
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Highlights and Inclusions
  • DC-3 airliner flights on 4 tour days (5 flights)
  • Coromandel, Rotorua, Gisborne, Napier, Taupo from above
  • Exceptional flight-seeing and pre-paid ground attractions
  • Quality 4-star hotels; two-night Napier stopover (sea-front)
  • Hobbiton tour
  • Whakaari / White Island volcano from above 
  • Rotorua Redwood Treewalk
  • Eastwoodhill Arboretum near Gisborne
  • Reef Ecology Tour – feeding stingrays
  • Cape Kidnappers Overland Gannet Safari  
  • Napier sightseeing and wine tasting
  • Huka Falls Jet boat
  • All meals: Breakfast (4), Dinner (4), Lunch (5)
  • Luxury coach sightseeing and transfers
  • Transfers to and from Ardmore Airport (Auckland area only)
  • Fully hosted tour (Tour Director/ Host) 


13 Meals:
4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners


4 Nights:
4-Star Hotels


Douglas DC-3 Airliner (rebuilt & refurbished)
Luxury coach for ground sightseeing
Transfers to & from Ardmore (Auckland area only)

Itinerary Visits and Activities

Hobbiton tour
Whakaari / White Island volcano from above 
Redwood Treewalk
Eastwoodhill Arboretum 
Reef Ecology Tour – feeding stingrays
Cape Kidnappers Overland Gannet Safari  
Napier sightseeing and wine tasting
Huka Falls Jet boat
and much more...
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Day 1
DC3 Flights & Coach AUCKLAND to HOBBITON then ROTORUA (Wed)
Day 2
Day 3
DC-3 Flight GISBORNE to NAPIER (2-night stay) (Fri)
Day 4
Day 5
DC-3 Flights (2) NAPIER to TAUPO then AUCKLAND (Sun)
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