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)
4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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)
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
White Island volcano from above
Gisborne Reef Ecology Tour
Church Road Wine Tasting
and much more!...
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Two DC3 Flights - AUCKLAND to WHITIANGA, TAURANGA
Step aboard your classic DC-3 airliner for an exclusive adventure! Take off from Auckland’s Ardmore Airport for a low level flight over the Clevedon Valley then out across the Hauraki Gulf and Firth of Thames to reach the impressive Coromandel Peninsula, a bush-clad landscape dominated by ancient volcanoes.
Land on the grass runway at Whitianga Airport and transfer into Whitianga town beside beautiful Buffalo Beach.
Enjoy lunch in Whitianga then take off for your second flight of the day. Follow the Coromandel Peninsula south to pass Hot Water Beach, Pauanui, Whangamata and Waihi. Mt Maunganui will then come into sight to mark your arrival at Tauranga.
Land at Tauranga Airport where your DC-3 airliner will taxi directly to the Classic Flyers Museum. Explore the many aviation exhibits and displays then transfer to your accommodation for the next two nights across the harbour from the airport.
No DC3 Flight Today - TAURANGA to HOBBITON and return
Board your luxury coach for the 50 minute drive across the Kaimai Ranges to Hobbiton, set amongst picturesque Waikato farmland. Enjoy a fascinating guided walk around the enchanting Hobbiton movie set and savour the delights of the pretty shire.
Rest a while afterwards with an ale or ginger beer at Hobbiton’s ‘Green Dragon Inn’ followed by a ‘festive feast’ marquee lunch.
Return to Tauranga by coach and arrive by mid-afternoon. The rest of your day is at leisure however we recommend a very pleasant stroll along the waterfront walkway if you feel like exploring further!
Two DC3 Flights - TAURANGA to WHITE ISLAND then EAST CAPE, GISBORNE and NAPIER
Board your DC-3 again this morning and take off from Tauranga to fly out to White Island off the eastern Bay of Plenty coast. White Island (Te Puia o Whakaari – meaning 'dramatic volcano’) is New Zealand’s only marine volcano. It’s a thrilling sight from the air and almost continually active. View White Island from above with a classic DC-3 ‘low and slow’ return loop flypast to give everyone a great view of the volcano in action.
Meet the coast again near Cape Runaway, easternmost point of the Bay of Plenty. Fly past Hicks Bay at low level and track to East Cape before turning south for views of classic Eastland scenery including Tokomaru Bay and Tolaga Bay.
Land at Gisborne Airport, one of only three airports in the world with a railway line across the runway! Visit the nearby Aviation Museum then re-join your coach for the brief drive along the coast to Tatapouri Beach for your ‘Reef Ecology Tour’ experience.
Your Tatapouri visit is timed for today’s low tide and you’ll be kitted out with ‘designer waders’ for a fascinating guided tour in the shallows. Let your guide introduce you to local marine life including a chance to meet and feed wild stingrays! Relax by the beach if this activity is a little outside your comfort zone!
Return to Gisborne via Wainui Beach, celebrated surf spot and site of numerous whale strandings. Hopefully there will be time to call into fascinating Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery on the way back to the airport.
Take off from Gisborne Airport for your second flight today and head towards Mahia Peninsula, site of the ‘Rocket Lab’ venture. Continue flying along the coast to land at Hawkes Bay Airport in Napier and transfer to your seafront hotel on arrival.
Drive south to pretty Havelock North this morning. Ascend local landmark ‘Te Mata Peak’ by coach and stop at the top for extensive and iconic views of Hawkes Bay, the Tukituki River and much more.
Visit Church Road Winery in Taradale afterwards for an opportunity to sample local wines at one of Napier’s longest established wineries.
Return to Napier’s CBD for a tour of the city’s significant points of Art Deco heritage. The powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake of February 1931 reshaped Napier and the region, sparking a period of substantial rebuilding. The functional Art Deco style chosen for the rebuild soon became synonymous with modern Napier and is celebrated each February with a major 1930’s themed ‘Art Deco’ festival.
From around midday there will be time for you to find lunch and explore the inner city by foot as you wish. Or you may prefer to investigate Napier’s shopping opportunities!
Meet your coach mid-afternoon and transfer to Hawkes Bay Airport to meet and board your DC-3.
Take off from Napier and turn inland to fly above scenic vineyards and farmland then the pine forests of Rangitaiki before reaching the Central Volcanic Plateau. Soon you will be looking down on lovely Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake by far.
Land at Taupo Airport where a coach will be waiting for you. Transfer to tonight’s resort styled accommodation just north of Taupo among the rolling forested hills of the Wairakei Thermal Valley.
Enjoy activities in and around Taupo this morning. View geothermal activity at ‘The Craters of the Moon’, call into the Huka Honey Hive Centre for honey, mead and liqueur tastings and more. Then visit the mighty Huka Falls to see the Waikato River squeeze thunderously through a narrow gorge.
Drive to Taupo later and relax with some free time for shopping, lunch or a lakeside walk.
Early this afternoon, meet your coach and transfer to Taupo Airport to meet your DC-3 once more for the last flight of your tour.
Take off and fly northwards at lower level above the farmland, forests and river country of the South Waikato region. Around Tokoroa the landscape changes primarily to pine forest before returning to farmland further north. Enjoy gentle country scenes below then turn into the final approach to land at Ardmore Airport for the conclusion of your Classic Eastland DC-3 Air Tour adventure.
T & Cs
Booking Terms & Conditions
Tour prices are in New Zealand dollars and include GST. Prices are per person, twin share basis. An additional price applies to guarantee single person room occupancy.
Deposit, Payment and Acceptance of Terms: A deposit of NZD$500 per person is required to confirm the booking. Payment of the deposit confirms the tour client has read and accepted the Tour Booking Terms & Conditions and a contract has been formed. Full payment can be made at any time but is required no later than 90 days prior to departure (full payment is required for bookings made less than 90 days from tour departure).
Deposit and Full Payment Options: CHEQUE – Payable please to Pacific Trailways Ltd. INTERNET BANKING – Pacific Trailways Ltd. BNZ Account number 02-0400-0116109-001. CREDIT CARD - Visa and Mastercard only.
Cancellation Charges and Refunds for client cancellation: All cancellation charges apply ‘per person’. For cancellation 90 days or more prior to tour start date, loss of deposit applies. For cancellation: 89 – 61 days prior to tour start date: cancellation fee is 40% of the tour price 60 – 00 days prior to tour start date: cancellation fee is 100% of the tour price. No refund can be made once the tour is underway and there are no refunds for unused tour components.
Travel Insurance. Comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended from time of booking. Cancellation fees will not be waived in any circumstances where travel insurance may have covered you.
Cancellation by Pacific Trailways: 1. Tour Operation. If the tour cannot operate due to insufficient numbers, Pacific Trailways reserves the right to offer an alternative departure, or a full refund. 2. Aircraft Operation (prior to tour departure). If the featured DC3 aircraft is rendered unable to operate before the tour starts, Pacific Trailways will make every effort to arrange a similar aircraft. If another aircraft cannot be chartered, Pacific Trailways will refund all monies paid. In the cancellation circumstances above (1. & 2.), a full refund of tour price paid will be the full extent of our responsibility to you the client. Any additional costs you may incur as a result of cancellation by Pacific Trailways will be your responsibility and we expect you to seek remedy via travel insurance cover.
Further Conditions: Itinerary amendments. Pacific Trailways reserves the right to amend the itinerary if/as necessary due to weather and/or operational requirements and to substitute accommodation, transport and sightseeing services if required. If weather conditions on a particular day (or days) prevent safe flying, Pacific Trailways accepts the professional decision of the DC3 Captain (Pilot in Command) to determine whether or not the aircraft will fly on the day. If a ‘no-fly’ decision is made, ground transport will be substituted on the affected day/s to continue the tour and meet itinerary obligations.
Aircraft Operation (during the tour). In the event the chartered DC3 aircraft is rendered unserviceable or unable to operate for any reason during the tour, Pacific Trailways will make every effort to use suitable chartered aircraft and/or scheduled air services to complete the affected tour sectors. If suitable chartered and/or scheduled air services are not available, Pacific Trailways reserves the right to substitute ground transport to complete the affected tour sectors. If air or ground transport is substituted for DC3 flights for any reason above, no refund or reimbursement applies and the air or ground transport substitution is the full extent of our responsibility to you.
Luggage on tour – limits per passenger. (1.) One small to medium soft-sided cabin/overnight bag weighing no more than 10 kg (22 pounds) that can be stowed in the DC3’s forward hold each day to meet NZCAA safety regulations (the DC3 has no overhead lockers). (2.) One piece of luggage with a total length, width and depth of no more than 140 cm (56 inches) and weighing no more than 20 kg (44 pounds). Note: Your DC3 aircraft has no onboard space for large luggage. Ground crew will transfer your large luggage items from hotel to hotel by van, each day of the tour. On occasions when same-day connections are not possible we will advise you (ahead of time) to take an overnight bag on the aircraft to carry your next day’s clothing and personal items with you.
Seat change daily. To provide a fair and equitable viewing experience for all tour participants a daily seat change policy applies aboard the DC3 aircraft (and in tour coaches). The process will be explained during the tour and all tour party members are expected to participate.
Hotels. Tour accommodation is on the basis of standard ‘twin or double’ rooms that may not include lake, or scenic, or sea views.
Guaranteed Single tour members. Limited single occupancy rooms may be available at the time of booking. To secure a guaranteed single occupancy room, the Single Room Supplement price must be added to the per person share twin price.
Twin share rooming for single tour members. Single travellers may book ‘twin share’ basis and Pacific Trailways will make every effort to select appropriate same gender roommate pairings. Single travellers booking on this basis must accept that there is no guarantee of compatibility with your selected roommate and that smoking is not permitted in rooms.
Smoking. New Zealand Government laws forbid smoking in public transport, tour coaches, aircraft, airport terminals, accommodation, restaurants, bars, cafes and other recognised public places. Opportunities to smoke will be made available as possible within these boundaries and in circumstances that do not cause discomfort to non-smoking tour members.
Personal expenses. Items and/or services not specified as included under ‘Highlights and Inclusions’ are deemed to be personal expenses and are not included in your tour price. Items considered to be personal expenses may include but are not limited to scheduled airfares and taxes, accommodation and meals and transport not included under ‘Highlights and Inclusions’, food not included on the regular tour menu, drinks, personal items, laundry, passport and visa fees, excess baggage, fuel surcharges, optional excursions and gratuities.
Personal belongings and lost items. Valuables on tour should be kept to a minimum and packed in your hand luggage along with personal items such as a camera, phone, small personal appliances, essential changes of clothing, toiletries and other personal items. You are responsible for your personal items at all times and must ensure you have adequate travel insurance cover in the event of any loss.
Health requirements. Payment of the deposit is a warranty by you that you or any persons covered by your booking are sufficiently fit and healthy to undertake this tour and associated travel arrangements. Pacific Trailways reserves the right (at its discretion) to remove tour participants who prove unable to meet these health requirements or who prove to be incapable of caring for themselves or who become a hazard to themselves or other tour members. No refund applies in such circumstances if the tour has commenced and Pacific Trailways is not responsible for any associated travel arrangements or repatriation costs.
Passport & Visa Requirements. It is the client/s total responsibility to meet passport and/or visa requirements for travel to and from New Zealand. Pacific Trailways is not responsible for, nor liable for, any loss or damage suffered by the client (or any person covered in the booking) resulting from client/s failure to meet required passport and visa conditions.
Pre and post tour connecting transfers, transport and air travel. Transport and travel before and after your tour are not included in your tour arrangements and these are your responsibility. Pacific Trailways will make every effort to keep your DC3 Air Tour to the stated itinerary schedule but is not responsible for any missed connections before or after your tour.
Tour map. The tour map included on the website and in the brochure is not necessarily to scale. The map depicts an indication of the daily itinerary and route however the actual tour route may vary from the depicted tour route if operational or safety requirements make route changes necessary or desirable.
Illustrations. All photographs in this brochure, Pacific Trailways Facebook site/s and Pacific Trailways website illustrate and depict genuine events, places, occurrences and experiences. The use of these illustrations and images does not guarantee that such events, places, occurrences and experiences will necessarily be experienced or seen as depicted in the photograph or illustration.
Force Majeure. Force Majeure means an event or circumstance that is beyond the reasonable control of Pacific Trailways Ltd and that could not have been reasonably prevented by Pacific Trailways Ltd. It may include, but is not limited to, war, armed conflict, criminal damage, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity or the possibility or threat of any such activity, natural disaster including but not limited to earthquake, volcanic eruption, cyclone, hurricane, tornado, tsunami, flooding, high or low water levels, fire, landslide, adverse weather conditions, nuclear or other industrial accident causing environmental contamination, or any change of law. In the event that Pacific Trailways Ltd cancels or changes your tour arrangements in any way due to a Force Majeure event, Pacific Trailways Ltd will not be liable to refund any part of your tour deposit or tour purchase price paid by you if Pacific Trailways Ltd subsequently changes or cancels your tour arrangements in connection with a Force Majeure event. As such Force Majeure events cannot be predicted and are beyond the control of Pacific Trailways Ltd it is your responsibility to purchase travel insurance that will adequately cover you against these risks.
Additional costs. Pacific Trailways is not responsible for any additional costs which may be incurred by tour participants as a result of events beyond the company’s control. Examples may include (but are not limited to) strikes, industrial action, weather or any other man-made or natural occurrence.
New Zealand law applies. All Pacific Trailways Booking Terms and Conditions and operations are governed by the laws of New Zealand and all parties submit to the jurisdiction of the New Zealand courts.