Warbirds over Wanaka

From $2,375 per person

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Friday 15 – ​Tuesday 19 April 2022 (5 days)

Warbirds over Wanaka is unlike any other aviation event – the mountain scenery and amphitheatre provide a stunning backdrop to an extravaganza of action over Easter weekend. During the show you will see over 80 aircraft including warbirds, jets, helicopters, aerobatic displays and much more! One of the top four Warbirds Airshows in the world, the airshow showcases a stunning array of WWII aircraft along with some exciting modern jets. You will be so close to the aircraft you feel as though you can touch them. See static displays of aircraft for sale and Warhorse military vehicles, vintage machinery, tractors and cars and a special display of sport craft.

 

Day 1          Friday 15 April 2022
ARRIVE QUEENSTOWN          (D)
Our tour commences today with our flight from Auckland to Queenstown.   On arrival in Queenstown we will meet our driver and coach and enjoy an orientation tour of Queenstown, before being transferred to our accommodation for the next few days. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or stroll around Queenstown. Dinner tonight is included at the hotel.
Accommodation: Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront, Queenstown – 4 nights

Day 2          Saturday 16 April 2022  
WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA AIRSHOW          (B)
Today we take the journey across to Wanaka for our tour highlight – the Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow. This event held biennially is the largest warbird airshow in the Southern Hemisphere and showcases some of the world’s best examples of WWII flying aircraft in action. A General Admission Pass to the airshow is included for the weekend giving us the ability to watch the airshow from the flight path (please note there is no seating available with the General Admission pass). There is the option to upgrade at extra cost to a Gold Pass. Warbirds Over Wanaka is famous for attracting a wide variety of privately owned Warbird aircraft along with their modern-day counterparts from the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), Royal Australia Air Force (RAAF), United States Air Force (USAF) and French Air Force. While the aircraft are the main focus of the event, there are a lot of other displays on the ground which have made this show so successful over the past 33-years. Some of the aircraft already confirmed for the airshow are the Yak-52 aerobatic team, the Polikarpov 1-16, the RNZAF Helicopter NH90, RNZAF Hercules C130H and the RNZAF SSH-2G(I) Seasprite with many more to be announced closer to the date of the show. At the conclusion of the day’s events, we retrace our journey back to Queenstown. Tonight is at leisure to sample some of Queenstown’s excellent restaurants, cafés and bars.

Day 3          Sunday 17 April 2022
WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA AIRSHOW          (B)
We travel through the Kawarau Gorge past Cromwell to Wanaka for the final day of the Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow. The flying and ground programme is the same as yesterday giving you the perfect opportunity to see your favourite aircraft again or explore the amazing ground displays including aviation trade stands, static display aircraft, market stalls and the Wanaka Warhorses military vehicles. At the conclusion of the airshow we travel back to Queenstown where the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

Day 4          Monday 18 April 2022
QUEENSTOWN          (B)
Day at leisure to explore Queenstown. There is a wide choice of optional tours and activities in this marvellous alpine resort such as lake cruises; jet boating; 4WD excursion to Lord of the Rings filming locations; winery tours or if you dare - bungy jumping (extra cost for optional activities). This evening perhaps as an option you may wish to take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu on the steamer TSS Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station to dine at the Colonel’s Homestead. This is an additional cost and needs to be pre-booked. Enquire with the office if you wish to book any optional sightseeing.

Day 5          Tuesday 19 April 2022
DEPART QUEENSTOWN          (B)
Today our tour concludes with our flight from Queenstown to Auckland.

Gold Pass inclusions:
The Gold Pass ticket upgrade gives you the best seats at the airshow in a grandstand situated directly in front of the runway. The Gold Pass area has its own bathroom facilities, food and drink stalls and a closed circuit television to watch the airshow. With your Gold Pass you also receive a pack with an eco-branded bag, dated Gold cap and badge, airshow programme, a voucher for one free drink and free entry to the Warbirds and Wheels visitor attraction located on site.

A reminder that the Warbirds flying programme for both days may vary in content and sequence and will be subject to aircraft availability and serviceability.  

Copthorne Lakefront Hotel Queenstown

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Lakefront

The Hotel blends superior facilities and comfort with friendly personal service. The property offers a relaxing atmosphere combined with stunning panoramic lake and mountain views, situated within a tranquil garden setting. With 240 guest rooms, including six suites and over 80 rooms that have views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkable mountain range. The hotel is within walking distance of Queenstown central shopping and entertainment area.

Tour Inclusions

  • Door to door home collection & drop off service available from select areas - further information available here
  • 4 nights accommodation, twin/double rooms, (single rooms available with surcharge)
  • Touring in modern air conditioned tour coach
  • Auckland to Queenstown return flights with Air New Zealand - other ports on application (extra charge will apply)
  • 4 breakfasts, and 1 dinner included
  • 2 Day General Admission pass to Warbirds over Wanaka (Gold Pass upgrade available at additional cost)

Tour Payments Per Person ($NZD)

Club Member Twin/Double Share Cost:$2,350.00
Non Member Twin/Double Share Cost:$2,375.00
Single Supplement:$560.00
Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking$500.00
Gold Pass Upgrade (payable at time of booking)$220.00

Full balance of tour payment due by Friday 4 March 2022

Book and pay in full by Thursday 16 December 2021 and receive a $100.00 discount per person!

 

 

Are door to door collections included on this tour? YES

Yes. Leisure Time Tours offers a free home collection and drop off service from selected Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua and most Auckland City areas. Our complimentary collections are based on your individual post code, other home collection locations available at an additional cost. Alternatively you may wish to meet us at our Hamilton depot in which case you can park your car in our secure yard free of charge for the duration of your holiday. For all tours that have a flight component, we can also offer door to door collections from Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin city areas.

Please refer to our Home Collection flyer for further information about this service.

Is the Guaranteed twin Share Price available on this tour? YES

Yes. Our Guaranteed Twin Share price is available for those passengers willing to share with another single traveller of the same gender. If there isn’t another passenger of the same gender to share with we GUARANTEE our twin share price. Leisure Times Tours accepts no responsibility for the compatibility of passengers travelling under this arrangement. If someone is not compatible with the person they have been matched up with, all additional costs incurred to assist with changing their shared room type to two single rooms will be at the expense of both travellers and will be subject to availability. Acceptance of a guaranteed twin share room is subject to the individual’s medical condition being suitable for this type of arrangement.

Please note that the guaranteed twin share pricing is not available to pre & post tour accommodation arrangements.

What fitness level is required for this tour? EASY LEVEL

To ensure that you select the right tour for you, we’ve developed a very clear set of fitness recommendations for our tours. These physical ratings clearly explain how much physical exertion is required to participate on each tour.

Level 1 – Easy

  • Relaxed paced tour
  • Be able to participate in guided or unguided small walking tours at a relaxed pace.
  • Walk on mostly level ground
  • Tackle an occasional flight of stairs
  • Occasionally need to stand for up to 10 minutes
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided

Level 2 – Moderate

  • Be able to participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks

 Level 3 – Active

  • Participate in walking tours without having to rest for up to 20 minutes
  • Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Walk over uneven ground and walk through soft sand
  • Able to get on and off transportation unaided
Will there be a daily seat rotation on this tour? YES

Passengers rotate seats in the coach daily so that all passengers have the opportunity to enjoy forward and window seating. All passengers are expected to participate as a booking condition.

Can you assist with pre & post tour accommodation? YES

Yes we can. Should you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer we can book in some pre and post tour accommodation for you. Please ask at the time of booking if you require this.

Is this tour a guaranteed departure? NO

This tour will be guaranteed once there are 10 passengers booked on the tour.

Are roadside morning teas included on our tours? NO

Roadside morning teas are not included on this tour.

Do I need travel insurance?

Leisure Time Tours strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy. A comprehensive travel insurance policy may prevent you from spending extra money in case of an emergency and will help you feel protected during your holiday. We are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today.

How much luggage can I bring?

Luggage is restricted to one suitcase and one small item of hand luggage per person. Baggage handling of one suitcase per person, at each hotel, is included in the trip price. Carry-on/hand luggage handling is the responsibility of each guest and all personal items must be taken off the coach by you each day of the trip.

What clothing should I pack?

When on tour, dress is generally relaxed and casual with an informal dress standard on most occasions. Casual wear is recommended for travelling with something a little more formal for evening dining. If taking part in outdoor activities, make sure you have a waterproof coat, comfortable footwear and dress in layers to help you adjust to any sudden changes in climate. Be prepared for New Zealand’s powerful sun, even on cold windy days, bringing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Recommend take comfortable shoes, change of clothes, warm clothing, waterproof jacket, insect repellent and swimwear (optional) for the Milford Mariner overnight cruise.  Please pack a light overnight bag for the overnight on the Milford Mariner.  Large suitcases are not suitable for safety reasons.  

Terms & Conditions….
Valid from 14 September 2021

Acceptance of Terms and Conditions
If you book a Packaged Tour with us and pay your deposit, you are deemed to have accepted these terms.  If you booked your Packaged Tour with us through an agent, the agent is deemed to have accepted these terms on your behalf.  We may ask you to sign a copy of these terms when you join your Packaged Tour to provide a record of your acceptance of these terms and you agree to sign these terms on our request.

Itineraries
The itinerary for your Packaged Tour was correct at the time of printing, but it is subject to change without notice.  Your itinerary could change due to road or weather conditions, changes imposed by other tour operators or a range of other factors outside our control.  You agree that we have no liability to you for changes to your itinerary.

Price Amendments
Prices were correct at the time and date of printing, however Leisure Time Travel reserves the right to amend the price subject to any changes in price imposed by other tour operators and carriers included in the itinerary or major fluctuation in the exchange rates, or increases in government or other levies. The final tour cost will be guaranteed not to change once the full and final payment has been received. Tour Price excludes drinks, telephone calls, travel insurance and items of a personal nature. Leisure Time Travel also reserves the right to cancel the tour due to low numbers and in this instance a full refund will be provided.

*Guaranteed Twin Share Prices
Our Guaranteed Twin Share price is available for those passengers willing to share with another single traveller of the same gender. If there isn’t another passenger of the same gender to share with we GUARANTEE our twin share price. Leisure Times Tours accepts no responsibility for the compatibility of passengers travelling under this arrangement. If someone is not compatible with the person they have been matched up with, all additional costs incurred to assist with changing their shared room type to two single rooms will be at the expense of both travellers and will be subject to availability. Acceptance of a guaranteed twin share room is subject to the individual’s medical condition being suitable for this type of arrangement.

Health and Fitness
Passengers should be in good health and able to walk moderate distances to fully participate and experience the sightseeing opportunities within the enclosed itinerary.  All passengers are required to acknowledge that they are of reasonable health and are considered to be fit to travel and are not travelling contrary to any medical advice.  By acknowledging their health and fitness to participate passengers are indemnifying us from all actions, claims and demands arising out of any lack of health and fitness.  We reserve the right to remove a passenger from a tour if their health or fitness interferes with any other passenger’s experiences or the day to day running of the tour.  In this instance our normal cancellation terms and conditions will apply.  You agree that we have no liability to you for any loss, damage, costs or other effects of health problems you may encounter on your Packaged Tour.

Health and Safety Information Including COVID-19
For the health and safety of all passengers on tour any illness (such as fever, coughing or difficulty breathing) will not be accepted onboard the coach unless they can provide us with a negative Covid19 test result received within the past 72 hours.  Should any passenger start to feel unwell on arrival or while on tour, they must immediately advise their tour manager and contact Healthline then visit a medical practitioner/medical centre/hospital.  To return to the tour the passenger must be deemed fit and well to participate fully on a coach tour, obtaining and providing us with a written medical clearance – not just a negative Covid19 test.  Any costs incurred will be at the passenger’s own expense.

COVID-19 Vaccination
Our passengers’ safety, and that of our staff and suppliers, has always been our top priority. As of 1 December 2021, Leisure Time Travel requires all passengers joining our tours to produce proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. If a passenger is unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, they may apply for an exemption to us by providing a medical certificate to us. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19. This is your official vaccination certificate (electronic or paper) and it must identify your name and date of vaccination with final dose given at least 14-days before the start date of your tour.

Payments, Cancellations and Refunds
A non-refundable deposit per person is required at time of booking to confirm your seat. All balance payments must be received by Leisure Time Travel prior to the date specified as per itinerary or your booking confirmation. Payments are available to be made by Cash, Cheque, Direct Credit or EFTPOS only –  Credit Card payments are not available without an additional surcharge.  Leisure Time Travel reserves the right to amend or reschedule the tour due the result of circumstances outside the company’s control. Leisure Time Travel also reserves the right to cancel the tour due to insufficient numbers and in this  instance a substitute date will be offered or a full refund will be made available. Tour Price excludes drinks, telephone calls, travel insurance and items of a personal nature.

Travel Insurance
Leisure Time Travel strongly advises all passengers to purchase a travel insurance policy when booking a tour. A comprehensive travel insurance policy gives peace of mind for unexpected issues or emergencies that may arise prior to or during a tour. We are agents for Cover More Travel Insurance. Cover More now provide insurance cover for a number of COVID-19 related medical, cancellation and amendments costs, giving you confidence to book your trip.  Ask us for a no obligation insurance quote today or further information about travel insurance for your upcoming tour.

New Zealand Cancellation Policy
If you cancel your booking:

  • 42+ days prior to tour commencement, loss of non-refundable deposit
  • 30-41 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 50% of the holiday price (50% refund) plus any applicable supplier cancellation fees
  • 30 days prior to tour commencement your cancellation charge will be 100% of the holiday price (no refund)

No refunds on any unused portions of any itinerary.  The exception is if a sightseeing service is cancelled by operator due to weather conditions/safety concerns etc and the operator authorises a refund.  Any such refunds will be processed through agent.
Please note that any applicable airline content does not apply to the above refunds – see your airline for their specific cancellation/refund policies.

 

COVID-19 Cancellation and Refund Policy
COVID-19 has created uncertainty for us all, therefore for cancellations directly related to COVID-19, we have negotiated special terms with our suppliers which would override ‘normal cancellation’ terms as outlined above;

If the New Zealand Government imposes travel restrictions that would impact our ability to deliver your travel package prior to commencing travel, passengers will receive a full credit, less any applicable airline cancellation fees.  If travel restrictions are imposed while on tour, we will seek credits on any unused portions of the itinerary from all suppliers.  Any applicable credits will first be applied to any additional costs that our company may have incurred on the passenger’s behalf e.g. if alternative accommodation or transportation to repatriate the passenger to their home city or nearest airport etc is required.  Any remaining refunds will be credited to the booking agent to enable them to pass onto their passenger.

 

Warbirds over Wanaka Map

Lavochkin La-9 flying over the mountain tops at Warbirds Over Wanaka
aerial shot of plane flying over in Warbirds of Wanaka Airshow
two single prop world war two fighter planes over Lake Wanaka
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