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 jet boat the Waiau River and in Wanaka celebrate the 30th Anniversary of 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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Tour Price

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$3990 pp twin
$4590 pp single

Tour Map

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. Tour Gore’s Hokonui Museum for a wee dram of whisky on the way to Ascot Park Hotel for two nights.

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

Burt Munro on his 1920 Indian Scout -"The World's Fastest Indian" - courtesy of the E Hayes Motorworks Collection, Invercargill, New Zealand

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. 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

Jetboating Lake Te Anau - Wanaka Warbirds with MoaTours

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 Luxmore Jet down the Upper Waiau River to Lake Manapouri. 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 3 nights in your 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 of this 30th Anniversary celebration 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, visit the Warbirds and Wheels museum collection which tells the story of Warbird’s founder Sir Tim Wallis and enjoy the spectacle in the sky. Later in the day, sightsee in Wanaka or walk the lakeside trail in front of your 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

Arrowtown in autumn light - Wanaka Warbirds with MoaTours

After breakfast we depart Wanaka for Cromwell and the Highlands Motor Sport Park to visit the museum and check out what is on offer. We drive through the Kawarau Gorge to Arrowtown where there’s time to stretch our legs before continuing to Queenstown Airport.

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

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