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6 Days - Fully Hosted and Inclusive.
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DC-3 Wings, Wine & Whales Air Tour (6 Days)

DEPARTURE DATE

Monday 12 April 2021

(Returns Saturday 17 April 2021) 
Starts and ends in Auckland.


TOUR PRICES

NZ $5,890 per person share twin/double

 

NZ $6,500 for guaranteed single room

 

TOUR SUMMARY

Enjoy six days of delight and discovery. This is an exceptional opportunity to appreciate our remarkable landscapes from a unique perspective – flying ‘low and slow’ on a classic DC-3 airliner. Your exclusive Air Tour adventure explores three of New Zealand’s most notable wine regions; blending superb wine and food experiences with outstanding wildlife encounters, nostalgic heritage visits and much more. See central New Zealand’s ‘must-do’ highlights – from above! Expect some ‘yesteryear’ aviation touches along the way too. There’ll be relaxed conviviality, a retro small airport departure, 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 (or two). Stay in quality 4-star + hotels with meals included each day. There are two excellent 2-night stopovers (Masterton and Blenheim) plus a night in Napier. Ground visits and sightseeing have been carefully chosen to enrich your enjoyment of our incredible country. With only 24 guests at most, this really is sociable, small group touring at its very best… See NZ without the crowds – you know there’ll never be a better opportunity than this! 


 


YOUR DC3 AIR TOUR AIRCRAFT – ‘ZK-DAK’

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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Highlights and Inclusions
•    DC-3 airliner flights on 4 tour days (5 flights)
•    Taupo, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa, Marlborough and more from above
•    Exceptional flight-seeing and pre-paid ground attractions
•    Whale Watch cruise, Kaikoura
•    DC-3 cockpit visits while in flight
•    ‘Yesteryear’ grass runway landing / take off
•    Visits to vineyards of significance for wine tastings and lunch
•    Foodie experiences in Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa and Marlborough
•    Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre 
•    Fell Locomotive Museum, Featherston
•    NZ’s Stonehenge, Carterton
•    Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre 
•    Whanganui River paddle wheel steamship lunch cruise (PS Waimarie)
•    Two 2-night stopovers (Masterton & Blenheim); one night in Napier
•    Quality 4-star + hotels
•    Meals every day: Full breakfast (5), Dinner (5), Lunch (2)
•    Luxury coach sightseeing and transfers
•    Transfers to and from Ardmore Airport (Auckland area only)
•    Fully hosted tour (Tour Director/ Host)  
Inclusions

Meals

12 Meals:
5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 5 Dinners
 

Accommodation

5 Nights:
Two 2-night stopovers and 1 night Napier
4-star+ Hotels
 

Transport

Douglas DC-3 Airliner (rebuilt & refurbished)
Luxury coach 
 

Itinerary Visits and Activities

Wine tasting at significant vineyards
Regional foodie experiences
Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre Fell Steam Loco Museum, Featherston
NZ’s Stonehenge (Carterton)
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Whanganui river boat cruise
and much more...
Itinerary
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Day 1
DC3 Flight – AUCKLAND to NAPIER (Mon)
Day 2
DC3 Flight – NAPIER to MASTERTON (2-night stay) (Tue)
Day 3
Coach – WAIRARAPA ‘FOOD & WINE’ VISITS (Wed)
Day 4
DC3 Flight – MASTERTON to OMAKA (BLENHEIM 2-night stay) (Thu)
Day 5
Coach – BLENHEIM to KAIKOURA and RETURN. Whale Watch Cruise (Fri)
Day 6
DC3 Flights x 2 – FLY BLENHEIM to WHANGANUI (River cruise); FLY onto AUCKLAND (Sat)
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