Our Southern skies and wheels tour begins at Mandeville Airfield and ends at Highlands Motorsport Museum. In Invercargill on Burt Munro’s trail we visit Classic Motorcycle Mecca and Transport World. At Te Anau we jet boat the Waiau River and at Wanaka the three-day gold pass gives you the best seats at this iconic air show.

7 Day / 6 Night Tour departing Auckland with stays in Wanaka, Te Anau and Invercargill, the theme is warbirds and wheels, with the highlight being a Gold Pass at the Warbirds Over Wanaka Air Show

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Day 1: Auckland - Queenstown - Invercargill

Bentley and Biplane at Croydon Heritage Aviation Park - Wanaka Warbirds with MoaTours

We drive south to Mandeville Airfield which dates back to the biplane barnstorming days after WW1. It’s home to the Croydon Heritage Museum and factory, internationally renowned for restoring vintage aircraft.

At Gore Jim takes us on a tour of the Hokonui Moonshine Museum telling the colourful history of illicit whisky stills and offering us a wee dram of whisky. We continuje south to Invercargill and Ascot Park Hotel, our home for two nights, and dine in this evening.

What you'll love today
  • Landing at Queenstown, is there a more stunning airport approach anywhere in the world?
  • The vintage planes at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre

Day 2: Oreti Beach - Motorcycle & Transport Museums

Indian Motorcycle on display at Bill Richardson Transport World in Invercargill

Our first stop in town is E. Hayes & Sons, the home of Burt Munro’s Indian Scout, then Oreti Beach, famous as Burt’s racetrack.

We drive out to Bluff to the much photographed sign at the bottom of the South Island. Later we browse the astonishing collection of wheels accumulated by a Southland family over several generations at Classic Motorcycles and Bill Richardson’s Transport World.

What you'll love today
  • Burt Munro's original Indian Scout
  • Some of New Zealand's most impressive motor collections at E.Hayes and Bill Richardson's

Day 3: Invercargill - Waiau River - Te Anau

Guest enjoying the jetboat ride on the Waiau River in Fiordland

We visit Allan and Beverley Stearne’s in Otautau, where Allan has a huge collection of vintage audio gear, cameras and a model railway.

We walk over the Clifden Suspension Bridge and at Te Anau ride the Fiordland Jet down the Upper Waiau River to Lake Manapouri. We stay in lakeview rooms at Distinction Te Anau Hotel and dine in this evening.

What you'll love today
  • A stunning Fiordland jetboat ride
  • The backroad into Fiordland, from Invercargill to Manapouri

Day 4: Te Anau - Wanaka

Cardrona Hotel - Wanaka Warbirds with MoaTours

Drive through the Southland countryside to Lake Wakatipu and over the Crown Range to Wanaka Airfield in time for lunch.

Your three day Gold Pass gives you the best seats at the show in front of the runway and the air show programme. We stay three nights at Edgewater Hotel and dine in each evening.

What you'll love today
  • From Lake Wakatipu to Wanaka over the Crown Range, with a stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel
  • Relax for three nights in lakefront accommodation at Edgewater Resort

Day 5: Warbirds Over Wanaka International Air Show

Vintage plane flying over Lake Wanaka - Warbirds with MoaTours

We breakfast at Edgewater and arrive at the Air Show for the 10am start.

Enjoy all the action from your grandstand seat and lunch at a cooking station where chefs prepare the food in front of you. The show finishes at 4pm and we sightsee around Wanaka in the late afternoon.

What you'll love today
  • Enjoy your Gold Pass access to the show with the best seats in the house, free souvenir pack and more
  • Free time to explore town and the lake after the show

Day 6: Warbirds Over Wanaka International Air Show

Jet Fighters, clouds and mountains - Wanaka Warbirds with MoaTours

The final day of the Show – take the chance to mingle with the pilots and walk the flightline and enjoy the spectacle in the sky. Towards the end of the day we  sightsee in Wanaka and take a stroll along the lakeside trail in front of our hotel.

What you'll love today
  • Another full day of fun at the Warbirds over Wanaka International Airshow

Day 7: Wanaka - Cromwell - Arrowtown - Queenstown - Auckland

McLaren high performance car at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell

After breakfast we depart Wanaka and on the way to Cromwell call into the Warbirds and Wheels museum collection which tells the story of Warbird’s founder Sir Tim Wallis. We lunch at Highlands Motor Sport Park, visit the museum, take our coach for a spin round the track, and check out what else is on offer.

Later in the afternoon we drive through the Kawarau Gorge to Arrowtown where there’s time to stretch our legs in this leafy town before continuing to Queenstown Airport.

What you'll love today
  • The Highlands Motorsport Park and Museum in Cromwell
  • Classic Central Otago - the Kawarau Gorge, Gibbston Valley and Arrowtown

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