Wanaka Airport Land purchase

Expansion possible

Wanaka Airport Land purchase

Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow management has welcomed news of a major land acquisition at Wanaka Airport.

Queenstown Airport Corporation has confirmed it has acquired Windermere Farm, a 43-hectare block.  The land is next to the Wanaka Transport and Toy Museum and fronts State Highway 6 on one side and the airport runway on the other.

QAC Chairman John Gilks says the acquisition “provides the platform for future growth and development of Wanaka Airport for the long-term”.

Warbirds Over Wanaka General Manager Ed Taylor, says the acquisition, along with another block of land recently purchased on the north-eastern side of the runway, is good news for the airshow.

“As the number of hangars and other infrastructure has grown at Wanaka Airport this has put more pressure on our event in terms of the available area required to grow our event.”

“These recent land purchases means Warbirds Over Wanaka will be able to continue to grow along with the airport itself,” says Ed.

Windermere Farm is an integral part of Wanaka Airport’s history and was originally purchased in 1969 by Dorothy and the late Norman Pittaway as part of an 1,800-acre farm holding.  The original land included a registered grass air strip where Wanaka Airport was later developed

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