Ground Programme

Open from 7.30am to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Warbirds Over Wanaka is famous for the variety of ground displays including Wanaka Warhorses. Many visitors arrive when the gates open so they can take everything in before the aerial displays begin.

Come for an extra day to see all the exhibits on the ground.

Aircraft for Sale

Ever wanted to own your own aircraft?  A number of leading aircraft manufacturers are at Wanaka to show off their new aircraft, as well as aircraft owners selling their used aircraft.

Sport Aircraft Display

Sport aircraft, including gyrocopters, RANS, Piper Cubs, Hornets, replicas and percentage scale aircraft will be displaying on the ground and in the air. Homebuilders heaven.  Displays of aircraft parts and demonstrations in the hangar will give you an opportunity to see what is needed to purchase or build an entry-level aircraft.

Static aircraft displays

Include civilian and military aircraft with Tiger Moths, jets and others on display.


Will once again have a display at WOW.  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Agency will provide informal briefings on the super pressure balloon programme at intervals throughout the Airshow, in Hangar 11.  There will be gear required for the launch to view and merchandise to purchase at the exhibit.


Buy and sell used aviation parts in Hangar 12.  Bring your spare aircraft bits or purchase for your own project. You will be helping others to complete aircraft projects and to get young people into aviation.  The Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust receive 10% of all sales and these proceeds will go towards the WOW Flying Scholarships.

Trade stands

Aviation trade stands offer everything from headsets to flying jackets.

Flight Training Organisations

In 2018 we will have many of New Zealand’s leading flight training organisations on site.

Classic Cars  

For 2018 we are hoping to host a car rally which will include some of the world’s most stunning classic cars.

Rides Day

A chance to tick off that bucket list Warbird aircraft ride. Various aircraft owners will have their aircraft available for rides on Monday April 2nd. Check out the aircraft available, costs and how to pre-book here from April 2017.

Wanaka Warhorses 

Our favourite re-enactors once again will display vehicles, armaments, uniforms, tanks, jeeps, trucks and guns from WWI and WWII.  Watch them re-enact within their army compound or on the runway with enemy fire overhead.

Food, Wine & Craft Beer Stalls  

Scrumptious food and beverages are available across the airfield. New in 2018 will be an enhanced food offering in the Silver Pass area, also a number of local craft brewers at the Airshow.  Try some Central Otago delicacies along with our famous Pinot Noir wine.

Stationary Engines

Wanaka is famous for its stationary engines which line the main entrance way.  Come and see these engines from yesteryear. Air and water pumps, turbine jets, shearing plants and compressors often make up part of this display.

Children's Play Area

Our children’s play area features many interactive attractions and will keep our younger visitors entertained. Plus there’s a crèche with baby changing facilities – bookings will be available here from June onwards.


Veterans, the disabled and elderly are most welcome and we ask that you register with us at so we can cater for your needs. Disabled parking is provided (certified mobility card MUST be displayed to access this area).

2018 WOW merchandise will be available at the Airshow.