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DC3 Classic Eastland Air Tour (5 Days)

NZ $3,995 per person/share twin

NZ $4,470 guaranteed single room


DEPARTURES
2018 - Wed 21 November
2019 - Sat 19 January

 
Explore the North Island’s scenic highlights from above with an exhilarating 5-day air tour adventure! Climb aboard your classic DC-3 airliner for an exciting new way to see Coromandel Peninsula, the Bay of Plenty, White Island volcano, East Cape, Napier, Taupo and so much more! 

Flying ‘low and slow’ on a DC-3 gives you a refreshingly new and exciting touring experience. No matter where you may have been in New Zealand, you won’t have seen it quite like this! Have far more fun, see so much more and enjoy the generous yesteryear DC-3 leg room as you fly! You’ll reach each daily destination sooner and that means more relaxation time on arrival. Road travel just doesn’t compare – there is simply no other New Zealand touring experience quite like this! 

Your air tour is accompanied by an experienced Tour Director and your DC-3 crew includes two professional pilots and a flight attendant (or two). Stay in quality 4-star hotels each evening with breakfast and dinner included each day plus some lunches. Enjoy a delightful 2-night harbourside stopover in Tauranga plus a night each in charming Napier and Taupo.  

With only 25 guests per tour, this really is small group touring at its very best… 

Flightseeing by classic DC-3 is a truly exceptional experience – you’ll see and enjoy so much more from your ‘flying grandstand’ viewpoint. There are fun grass runway landings and you can even visit the DC-3 cockpit during flight – yes, just like the good old days!  

View the pretty Coromandel coastline and thrill to the breath taking spectacle of White Island volcano by air. Explore the dramatic Eastland coastline from a low altitude flypast, including Tokomaru Bay, Tolaga Bay, Young Nicks Head, Mahia Peninsula and more. Cruise inland at low level to fly over the central volcanic plateau to lovely Lake Taupo. You’ll see New Zealand’s ever changing landscape as never before!

Meanwhile ground sightseeing has been carefully selected to add value and interest to your leisurely paced air tour… land and taxi directly to the renowned Classic Flyers Aviation Museum in Tauranga, visit enchanting Hobbiton, walk with stingrays near Gisborne (if you are keen!), view Napier’s famous Art Deco architecture, drive to the top of impressive Te Mata Peak for stunning views of Hawkes Bay, see the thunderous Huka Falls and much more. And of course there will be an opportunity for some local wine tasting along the way. 

This tour really is in a class of its own so be sure to book soon!
 

WHY CHOOSE A DC3 FOR THE AIR TOUR?
 

The DC-3 airliner revolutionised air travel with an innovative design that featured 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 that extended into the 1960’s and beyond. Today, the DC-3’s gracious charm, sedate speed and lower altitude cruising make it an ideal choice for scenic flightseeing and comfortable air touring. 
 

YOUR DC3 AIR TOUR AIRCRAFT – ‘ZK-DAK’
 

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 to hold 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 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 New Zealand pilots and Warbird members and brought to New Zealand 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 were sourced from a Boeing 767 and include standard airline seat belts. Generous square shaped windows offer pleasant outside viewing and photo opportunities.
 
 
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Highlights and Inclusions
  • 6 fabulous ‘low and slow’ flights in a classic DC3 airliner
  • Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Eastland, Hawkes Bay and Taupo from above
  • Exceptional flightseeing and prepaid ground attractions 
  • One ‘yesteryear’ grass runway landing and take off
  • A two night stopover in Tauranga (beside the harbour)
  • One night each in Napier and Taupo
  • Classic Flyers Aviation Museum
  • Hobbiton visit and lunch
  • White Island volcano from above
  • Gisborne Reef Ecology Tour – walking with stingrays
  • Napier sightseeing, including Art Deco and Te Mata Peak 
  • Church Road Winery tasting 
  • Quality 4 star hotels
  • Meals every day: Full breakfast (4), Dinner (4), Lunch (3)
  • Luxury coach sightseeing and transfers
  • Transfers to and from Ardmore Airport (Auckland area only)
  • Fully hosted tour (Tour Director/ Host)  
Itinerary
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Day 1
Two DC3 Flights - AUCKLAND to WHITIANGA, TAURANGA
Day 2
No DC3 Flight Today - TAURANGA to HOBBITON and return
Day 3
Two DC3 Flights - TAURANGA to WHITE ISLAND then EAST CAPE, GISBORNE and NAPIER
Day 4
DC3 Flight - NAPIER SIGHTSEEING then to TAUPO
Day 5
DC3 Flight - TAUPO to AUCKLAND
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Meals

11 Meals:
4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
 

Accommodation

4 Nights:
Tauranga 2 nights (Trinity Wharf Hotel; 4.5-star)
Napier 1 night (Scenic Hotel Te Pania; 4-star)
Taupo 1 night (Wairakei Resort Taupo; 4-star)
 

Transport

Classic DC3 Airliner (6 flights)
Luxury coach for ground sightseeing
Transfers to & from Ardmore (Auckland area only)
 

Itinerary Visits and Activities

Classic Flyers Aviation Museum
Hobbiton
White Island volcano from above
Gisborne Reef Ecology Tour
Church Road Wine Tasting
and much more!...
DC3 above the Hauraki Gulf Clevedon Valley soon after take-off from Ardmore Whitianga and Buffalo Beach Salt Restaurant, Whitianga Mahurangi Island, Hahei, Coromandel Southern Coromandel coastline Approach to Tauranga Airport DC3 at Classic Flyers Museum Trinity Wharf Hotel, Tauranga Trinity Wharf harbourside walk Hobbiton guided tour Hobbiton vista Hobbiton residence White Island volcano from above Onboard drinks service Near Cape Runaway, easternmost Bay of Plenty East Cape coastline Tolaga Bay Eastland coastal scene Gisborne Airport arrival and coach Gisborne Aviation Museum visit Gisborne Aviation Museum members Dive Tatapouri Stingrays DC3 approach to Napier Airport view from Te Mata Peak, Hawkes Bay Te Mata Peak vista view from Te Mata Peak, Hawkes Bay Touring Napier, the Art Deco city Napier\'s renowned Art Deco architecture Napier Airport departure aboard your DC3 Esk Valley from above, soon after Napier departure Lake Taupo from above Craters of the Moon Colourful geothermal vent at the Craters of the Moon Thunderous Huka Falls Waikato River just below the spectacular  Huka Falls

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