12 ‘low and slow’ flights in a classic DC3 airliner
Exceptional flight-seeing and pre-paid ground attractions
Two ‘yesteryear’ grass runway landings & take offs
Pelorus Sound Wine & Mussel Cruise
Milford Sound Nature Cruise
Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruise
Three premier Aviation Museum visits
Wine and beer tasting visits
One 2-night stopover (Queenstown lakefront)
Quality 4 & 5 star hotels (one 3.5 star - best at location)
Meals every day: Full breakfast (11), Dinner (11), Lunch (4)
Luxury tour coach sightseeing and transfers
Transfers to and from Ardmore (Auckland area only)
Fully hosted tour (Tour Director/ Host)
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DC3 Flight - AUCKLAND to ROTORUA (Tue)
Step aboard your classic DC3 airliner for an exclusive adventure! Take off and climb gently for a low level flight above pretty Waikato countryside. See the Bay of Plenty lakes area from above then land in Rotorua to visit the city and lakefront. Ride the Skyline Gondola then walk among natural geothermal wonders to see ‘Pohutu’, the southern hemisphere’s largest active geyser.
Fly south by DC3 for low altitude views of scenic Lake Taupo, the volcanic plateau and Wellington City. Cross Cook Strait for a fun ‘yesteryear’ grass runway landing at Omaka. Visit the renowned Omaka Heritage Aviation Centre followed by a relaxing Wine & Mussel Cruise.
Explore Marlborough’s vineyards, taste local wine and chocolates then board your DC3. Fly low along the dramatic Kaikoura coastline and watch for whales! Land in Christchurch for an afternoon tour featuring the Antarctic Centre, Air Force Museum, CBD rebuild and more.
Depart Christchurch aboard your DC3 and head to Ashburton for another 1950’s style grass runway landing. Walk over to the Ashburton Aviation Museum for a visit and stay on for lunch. Take off again to fly further south and land at Dunedin Airport. Transfer to Dunedin City and visit Toitu Otago Settlers Museum this afternoon.
Enjoy Dunedin’s heritage highlights by coach including the remarkable churches, Rail Station and University then drive to picturesque Larnach Castle for lunch. Return to Dunedin to meet your DC3. Fly low over South Otago’s old gold trails to land at Te Anau on the eastern fringe of spectacular Fiordland.
Drive to majestic Milford Sound, often called the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. Join a Milford Sound Nature Cruise for close up views of New Zealand’s magnificent scenic gem and look for dolphins and seals as you cruise! Return to Te Anau to meet your DC3 for a short flight to Queenstown.
QUEENSTOWN - Day at leisure plus evening cruise (Mon)
Explore Queenstown at leisure today – there are so many optional activities to try! This evening, cruise to Walter Peak Station aboard the 1912 vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw. Learn about high country farm life and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner at the Colonel’s Homestead. Return aboard the Earnslaw and take part in a magical night-time piano sing-a-long!
See Arrowtown and scenic Lake Hayes in autumn splendour en route to Queenstown Airport. Meet the DC3 and fly ‘over the hill’ to the alpine resort town of Wanaka. Explore ‘Wings & Wheels’ then the often photographed Wanaka lakefront. Head for the hills this afternoon with a visit to the historic Cadrona Hotel.
Join your DC3 at Wanaka Airport and climb out above the town to cross the Southern Alps. Look for NZ’s highest peak during your flight (Aoraki/ Mt Cook – 3,724 metres) plus Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Land at Hokitika and visit a jade gallery then drive to Shantytown for a ‘bush steam train’ ride and gold panning followed by beer tasting at the famous Monteiths Brewery.
Drive to Punakaiki for a short walk to the dramatic ‘pancake rock’ formations and blowholes. Continue to Westport to meet the DC3. Fly low over Murchison and the Nelson Lakes region to land at Nelson. Visit the fascinating World Of Wearable Arts and Classic Car Museum and see highlights of Nelson City.
Depart Nelson by DC3 and cross Cook Strait to land in New Plymouth (Taranaki region). Lonely Planet recently voted Taranaki the “World’s 2nd best region to visit” for its parks, museums, shopping and dining. See for yourself as you explore New Plymouth today.
DC3 Flight - NEW PLYMOUTH to AUCKLAND, Ardmore Airport (Sat)
Discover more of New Plymouth this morning. Majestic Mt Taranaki may appear as you view beautiful Pukekura Park, the delightful Coastal Walkway and unique Te Rewa Rewa Bridge. Return to the airport for lunch and inspect notable aviation memorabilia at the Airspresso Café. Board your DC3 one more time and fly north at low level for captivating Waikato coast and country scenery. Turn east for the final approach to bring you back to earth at Ardmore.
Breakfast and Lunch included
T & Cs
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.
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. Four star hotel accommodation is the tour standard. In overnight locations without four star accommodation we have secured the best available hotels. In such locations, 3.5 star standard applies as ‘best available’. Tour accommodation is on the basis of standard ‘twin or double’ rooms that may not include lake or scenic 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.
11 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 11 Dinners
3.5 Star plus - 5 Star Hotels
Refurbished Douglas DC-3 Airliner
Luxury Coach Transfers
Itinerary Visits and Activities
Milford Sound Nature Cruise Aviation Museum Visits
Earnslaw Vintage Steamship Cruise
Pelorus Sound Wine & Mussel Cruise
and much more!...