Directions & Transport

The journey's almost as good as the destination.

Wanaka Airport is 10km from Lake Wanaka township on State Highway 6 at Luggate. Wanaka is easy to reach by road, bus or air.


By Air

International airports are situated at Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown. Scheduled flights into Queenstown can be arranged through Air New Zealand and Jetstar from cities around New Zealand. From Queenstown to Wanaka your travel can be by car, coach or charter aircraft. Charter flights will operate from several locations around New Zealand.

Private aircraft may fly directly into Wanaka Airport. Refer to a special NOTAM issued for this airshow.

By Road

Distances from other townships are as follows:

Alexandra 86kms, Christchurch 431kms, Cromwell 55kms, Dunedin 280kms, Invercargill 307kms, Oamaru 236kms, Omarama 113kms, Queenstown 120kms, Timaru 280kms, Twizel 130kms. Allow extra travelling time for delays on Airshow days.

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Interislander Ferry

For anyone that has pre-purchased a WOW 2018 ticket the Interislander will give you a discounted rate for going to/from Wellington and Picton.  Please use the special code of WH5417 and look at the rates and Terms and Conditions here.  You will also need your WOW ticket to board the ferry.

By Coach/Bus

Scheduled services and charters will operate from towns within the South Island. Contact travel agents or i-Site offices for details.

Ritchies Wanaka

0800 405 066

Shuttle between Wanaka & Airshow:
Ritchies will be running continuous shuttles from Wanaka to the Airshow from 8:00am until approximately 4:30pm on all three days. This service will leave from the Log Cabin on the Wanaka Lakefront and drop-off at the corner of Mt Baker Rd and the main highway.Tickets can be pre-purchased online or bought from the driver (with cash).

Bus service between Queenstown & Wanaka:
Return buses from Queenstown at 7:30am on Friday, Saturday & Sunday - these must be prebooked.

Yello! - Wanaka Cab

+64 3 443 5555 or 0800 443 5555

Coaches and Private Vehicle Hire from Queenstown Airport or from Warbirds & Wanaka.

Go Bus Central

+64 3 448 6868 or 0800 487 488

Can provide transport and group transport from any South Island destination.
Please contact for a quote for your group.

By Taxi/Private Transfer

KT Taxis

+64 3 443 9368 or 0800 458 744

Private hire taxi service available in our luxury 6 seater van. New 10 seater now available for group bookings.


0800 92 62 82

Professional and friendly service every time - Wanataxi - the locals choice!

Ridgeline Adventures

+64 27 390 2152 or 0800 234 000

Specialises in providing VIP transport for guests attending Warbirds Over Wanaka 2018.

Yello! - Wanaka Cab

+64 3 443 5555 or 0800 443 5555

Private Vehicle Hire from Queenstown Airport or from Warbirds & Wanaka.

Wanaka Limousines

Gregory Noye
+64 3 3 433 8540 or +64 21 659 180

Professional limousine service, including airport transfers around the region and private vehicle hire.

Luxe Guides

+64 (0)3 451 0212 or toll free 0800 58 9393

Providers of private transfers from Queenstown and the Southern Lakes to Warbirds Over Wanaka. At Luxe Guides, we work around your plans, allowing you the time to relax and enjoy the show.

Rental Cars

Wanaka Rentacar

+64 3 443 6641 or Barry on +64 274345 233 or Sue on +64 272 443 809
2 Brownston St, Wanaka

Queenstown Airport pick up and drop offs can be arranged with our driver service – extra charges apply
Wanaka Airport pick up and drop offs can also be arranged – extra charges apply
All ranges of vehicles including 8 and 10 seaters

Adventure Rentals

+64 3 443 6050
51 Brownston Street, Wanaka