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DC3 NZ Air Tour - March 2019

NZ $9,980 per person/share twin

NZ $11,700 for guaranteed single room 

 

Departs: 26 March 2019


TOUR SUMMARY

Chances are you’ve never seen New Zealand quite like this! If you are looking for a refreshingly new and exciting way to experience New Zealand, this exceptional tour may well be the perfect choice! Delight in 12 days of discovery and fun as you explore the scenic wonders of New Zealand’s two main islands in a classic, beautifully maintained DC-3 airliner.  

Flying ‘low and slow’ on a DC-3 gives you a refreshingly new and exciting touring experience. Have far more fun, see so much more and enjoy the generous yesteryear DC-3 leg room as you fly! There are fun grass runway landings and you can even visit the DC-3 cockpit during flight – yes, just like the good old days! 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 to 5-star hotels each evening with breakfast and dinner included each day plus some lunches. Enjoy a fabulous five-star 2-night lake view stopover in Queenstown plus overnight stops in a variety of charming city or scenic destinations.  

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

Flightseeing by classic DC-3 offers an incomparable perspective on New Zealand’s ever changing landscapes. You’ll see breath taking natural wonders in the most enchanting way – rolling farmland, pretty coastlines, beautiful beaches, braided rivers, exquisite lakes, majestic mountains and glaciers, colourful plains and exciting geothermal regions are all part of your air tour route. There is simply so much more to see and enjoy from your ‘flying grandstand’ viewpoint! 

Meanwhile ground sightseeing has been carefully selected to enrich your appreciation of this remarkable country. A variety of unique experiences and interesting local encounters create memories and add even more value to each day of your tour. 

Land on the grass and taxi directly to two renowned Aviation Museums to meet local volunteers, relax on board three superb cruises – the famous vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw cruising on lovely Lake Wakatipu, a Marlborough Sounds Wine & Mussel Cruise plus a fabulous Milford Sound cruise with lunch and some truly splendid alpine scenery. Try gold panning, visit wineries and iconic craft breweries, see chocolate making, take a gondola ride, explore Rotorua’s geothermal attractions, see Christchurch and the Antarctic Centre, visit a castle in Dunedin and so much more.     

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

 

WHY CHOOSE A DC-3 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
  • 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)
Itinerary
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Day 1
DC3 Flight - AUCKLAND to ROTORUA (Tue)
Day 2
DC3 Flight - ROTORUA to BLENHEIM (Wed)
Day 3
DC3 Flight - BLENHEIM to CHRISTCHURCH (Thu)
Day 4
DC3 Flights (2) - CHRISTCHURCH - ASHBURTON - DUNEDIN (Fri)
Day 5
DC3 Flight - DUNEDIN - TE ANAU (Sat)
Day 6
DC3 Flight - TE ANAU - MILFORD SOUND - QUEENSTOWN (Sun)
Day 7
QUEENSTOWN - Day at leisure plus evening cruise (Mon)
Day 8
DC3 Flight - QUEENSTOWN to WANAKA (Tue)
Day 9
DC3 Flight - WANAKA - HOKITIKA - GREYMOUTH (Wed)
Day 10
DC3 Flight - GREYMOUTH - WESTPORT - NELSON (Thu)
Day 11
DC3 Flight - NELSON to NEW PLYMOUTH (Fri)
Day 12
DC3 Flight - NEW PLYMOUTH to AUCKLAND, Ardmore Airport (Sat)
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Inclusions

Meals

26 Meals:
11 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 11 Dinners
 

Accommodation

11 Nights:
3.5 Star plus -  5 Star Hotels

Transport

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!...
Ashburton Airport Ashburton Airport Ashburton Airport Clarence River DC3 Cabin Foxy Lady boat DC3 Flight Deck Kaikoura Coastline Lake Benmore, South Canterbury Milford Road Milford Road Milford Road Milford Sound cruise Milford Sound cruise Milford Sound Omaka, Blenheim. Coach. Marlborough Vineyards Lake Hayes, Queenstown. Queenstown lakefront Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown. Te Rewa Rewa bridge, New Plymouth. Whale watching, Kaikoura. Wine and Mussels.

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