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.

Airshow Map 2018

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, including Pilatus and Cirrus 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 displayed on the ground and in the air. Homebuilders heaven.  Judge their aerial competition.....yak, yak, yakkety yak!   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. Registrations are now closed.

Static aircraft displays

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

Trade stands

Aviation trade stands offer everything from headsets and avionics to aviation software,  hangar sweepers and hangar doors, aviation safety and airshows.  Come and view these new technologies.

Market stands

Something for the families and that Easter shop.  From outdoor clothing, gifts, jewellery, cowhides, steel art, books, Coats of Arms to much more to whet your appetite....

Aviation Training Mart

If you or any of your family have ever wanted to learn to fly or become an aircraft engineer, but haven't been sure how to go about it, this Airshow is the time to sort your options.  We have many of New Zealand’s leading flight training organisations on site for you to talk to.  Situated in a marquee right on the flightline you will be able assess your options, find out costs and the process for getting your aviation qualification.

Classic Cars  - Packard Display

Possibly the best line up ever outside the United States of classic Packard motor vehicles will be on display.  The Packard Car Club of New Zealand has organised a rally culminating with the cars being on display at the Airshow. Among the 50 vehicles coming will be ten which are being shipped from the United States especially for the event.

There is a strong link between the cars and some WWII aircraft, as during WWII the Packard company made an American version of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine to power fighter aircraft and bombers. The Packard Merlin V12 engine was fitted to the P-40 Kittyhawk and P-51 Mustang, so Packard V12 engines will be both on the ground and in the air.

It’s fitting that for our 30th anniversary celebrations we have such a world-class collection of cars on display. The value of the cars on display at Wanaka will run into the many millions of dollars.

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 book here   Kittyhawks, Mustang, Harvard, Tiger Moth, WACO and many more.......

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.

Registrations are now closed for Warhorses.

Food & Beverage 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 the Region's famous Pinot Noir wine.  Wine and Beer stalls are open from 10am to 4pm.

Stationary Engines

Wanaka is famous for its stationary engines which line the main entrance way. This has been a favourite ground display for many as they enter the Airshow. Come and see these engines from yesteryear and chat with their enthusiastic owners. You will not see anything like it operating today.  Air and water pumps, turbine jets, shearing plants and compressors often make up part of this display.

We have had a fantastic response from exhibitors and registrations for Stationary Engines have closed.  Please contact us on 03 443 8619 if you have any queries.


Our very own Frankie Singers are here once again to take  you back to WWII.... on the stage in the Food Court area.  Also the Wanaka Ukelele Orchestra will entertain you at other times..... Hay bales for you to sit on.

Children's Area

Our children’s area is located by the Sky Dive hangar at the South end of the airshow. See the site map HERE.  

The area will include Face Painting, Bungy, Water Rollers, Big Bopper, an Inflatable Plane and other interactive attractions to keep our younger visitors entertained. Upper Clutha Plunket provides nappy change facilities and breastfeeding chairs in their tent (open from 9am to 4:30pm) with a small space for toddlers and their carers to have some time out.

Unfortunately this year we have been unable to secure a provider for the creche/babysitting service at the Airshow. If you require babysitting services within the Wanaka area you may try Lake Wanaka Babysitting or Project Nanny

Upper Clutha School Children

Every Airshow WOW offers all school children in the Upper Clutha area the opportunity to come to Warbirds Over Wanaka on Easter Friday free of charge.  We approach these schools and encourage their involvement in the Airshow.  The Air Cadets 50th Squadron host them and show them around.  The Aviation Training Mart and the RNZAF recruitment bus where they learn how they might be air force pilots are of particular interest.  We need these young ones to enter the aviation world and help us fulfill our Mission 'To educate through the celebration and promotion of aviation past and present.'


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).

Vulcan car ride opportunity courtesy of Highlands

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one lucky visitor at our Airshow on Sunday only.

Highlands Motorsport Park offers one visitor the chance of a ride in the $NZ4.2 million Aston Martin Vulcan Supercar along the runway on the Sunday of the Airshow. The car was bought last year by Highlands owner Tony Quinn who will drive it at Warbirds.

This is a rare chance to experience the power and luxury of this limited edition vehicle. Only 24 of the track-only supercars have been built.
The 7-litre V12 all-carbon fibre Vulcan has a top speed of 320kpm and can get from 0-100kpm in just three seconds. It features carbon ceramic disc brakes, a six-speed sequential gearbox, variable traction control and full-adjustable suspension.

For those who miss out on winning the ride they will still have plenty of opportunity to check out the car which will be on display before and after the hot lap of the runway on Sunday.

Highlands Motorsport Park is offering free museum entry to people who show their Warbirds ticket when they visit the Cromwell attraction at Easter Weekend.

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2018 WOW merchandise will be available at the Airshow.