Whanganui Vintage Festival

5 Days / 4 Nights | Tour includes Wellington, Paraparaumu, Whanganui, Palmerston North, Coastal Pacific Train, Interislander Ferry, Southward Car Museum, Waimarie Riverboat Jazz Cruise, Bushy Park High Tea, Tram Ride | Price is Per Person, Twin Share

From NZD 1840.00 pp


  • Five nights in excellent centrally located accommodation including Breakfast Daily (B)
  • Modern air conditioned vehicle as per Itinerary outline
  • Meals as stipulated in Itinerary include 4x Dinners (D)
  • Sightseeing includes: Coastal Pacific Train, Ferry, Southward Car Museum, Waimarie Riverboat Jazz Cruise, Bushy Park High Tea, Vintage Tram ride
  • Airport Transfer in Palmerston North

Dates, Availability & Printable Version

Valid for departure on 21 January 2021. Maximum 15 Pax. 

Click here to download your printable PDF version of the Whanganui Vintage Festival Tour.

NOTE: This Tour can be combined with the Gardens & Festival of Lights Tour starting on 25 Jan 2021 in Palmerston North.

5 days/4 nights Whanganui Vintage Festival Tour

Day 1 | Thu 21 Jan 2021 - Christchurch to Wellington | (D)

This morning you tour will begin at the Christchurch Railway Station where you will board the Coastal Pacific train for a spectacular train journey up the coast of the South Island. With the sea stretching to the horizon in the east and the Kaikoura mountains stretching to the sky in the west, the Coastal Pacific journey between Christchurch and Picton is one of the most astonishingly beautiful Stretches of Rail in New Zealand. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views as we make our way to Picton and cross the Cook Straight on the Interislander Ferry to Wellington. On arrival in Wellington you will be picked up from the Ferry Terminal and transferred to your hotel, where you can relax and enjoy the property prior to dinner at the hotel this evening.

Hotel: Copthorne Oriental Bay Wellington

Day 2 | Fri 22 Jan 2021 - Wellington to Whanganui via Paraparaumu | (B,D)

This morning after a leisurely breakfast we depart Wellington and head for Whanganui for the Vintage Weekend. We will travel to the Southward Car Museum Car in Paraparaumu where we will stop for lunch (at own expense) and great views out to Kapiti Island on a clear day. From here we continue through to Whanganui to enjoy a fabulous festive weekend. We arrive into Whanganui mid-afternoon and check into our accommodation before heading to the Riverboat Centre on Taupo Quay for Paddle Steamer Waimarie Jazz Cruise. Listen to the highly regarded Andrew London Trio’s great jazz tunes with complimentary glass of bubbles, finger food and a fully licenced cash bar available experience a nice welcome to Whanganui. Dinner is included tonight at the hotel. 

Hotel: Kingsgate The Avenue Whanganui

Day 3 | Sat 23 Jan 2021 - Day at Leisure | (B,D)

Breakfast at your leisure at the hotel before heading out to spend a great day at the vintage festival. There are a myriad of events taking place that you can view, such as: The Vintage Car Club Wheels on Victoria where you can view a car parade and witness the mighty sight of over 200 classic cars, hot rods and vintage cars filling Whanganui’s main street, departing from Victoria Ave from 10am. There’s also a retro market running until 2pm, a Vintage Fair from 10am-2pm ($2 entry), a street carnival running all day from 10am in downtown Victoria Ave with many entertaining acts and performances. Lunch today will be at your own expense at any of the many options on offer. After an action-packed day, return to your hotel this evening for dinner and to share your experiences of the day with your travelling companions.

Day 4 | Sun 24 Jan 2021 - Whanganui Festival Day | (B,D)

After a leisurely breakfast you head to Bushy Park Homestead where you can walk through the forest and visitor centre and finish with high tea in the Edwardian Homestead or balcony. Bushy Park Homestead is a truly unique Edwardian Homestead, set within beautifully cared-for grounds that include manicured gardens, 245 hectares of natural rainforest with meandering bushwalks, and a predator-free native bird sanctuary. Recently featured on the popular television series "Country Calendar", the forest is home to the largest Rata tree in the North Island "Ratanui" (Big Rata) which is estimated to be between 500 and 1000 years old. Originally built in 1906, the homestead is a Category One heritage building registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Superbly maintained, the homestead has retained all the charm of yesteryear and offers its guests a chance to step back in time and experience the olde-worlde ambience of the historic homestead. After your high tea we return to town where you can choose to return to the hotel or enjoy any of the many activities on in town. Return to your hotel to relax for the evening along with your farewell dinner.

Day 5 | Mon 25 Jan 2021 - Whanganui to Palmerston North Depart | (B)

This morning experience travel from yesteryear on a beautifully restored 1912 Vintage Tram. In the Tram Shed, see the restoration in pictures and the Brisbane Tram, used by Peter Jackson in the remake of the King Kong movie. Following this we head by coach to Palmerston North for your onward flight home (at own expense).

Tour Exclusions:

  • Domestic Air Fares
  • Additional/Optional Tour Costs
  • Hotel Mini Bar
  • Other Sightseeing & Meals not specified in Itinerary

Tour Price:

$1840.00 Per Person on a Share Twin Basis

Single Supplement: Additional $490.00 per person

Valid for departure on 21 January 2021 only.

Maximum 15 Pax. Minimum 10 Pax to operate.

See below for full Terms and Conditions.

Printable Version:

Click here to download your printable PDF version of the Whanganui Vintage Festival Tour.

Payment Terms & Conditions

A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is required at the time of booking.  

The balance of the tour price is required 45 days prior to your travel date. If you book inside 45 days, full payment will be required at the time of booking. Payment can be made by bank transfer. We also accept Visa and Mastercard at an additional fee of 3.1%.

If you cancel between 21 and 45 days 30% of your tour cost will be charged. If you cancel between 8 and 20 days prior to your tour departure you will be charged 50% of your tour cost.  Cancellations within 7 days of departures will incur a 100% cancellation charge.

Inspired New Zealand Tours recommends purchasing  travel insurance, even when travelling within New Zealand.

Full terms and conditions are available here.  

When a booking is made it is accepted that these are agreed to. They include the following:  Itineraries are correct when initially published, however are subject to change due to circumstances outside our control.  Flights are the responsibility of the passenger and Inspired New Zealand Tours takes no responsibility for costs involved for any changes to flights that might be required due to necessary amendments in itineraries.