Recognition for New Zealand’s Premier Airshow

Recognition for New Zealand’s Premier Airshow

The huge success of this year’s Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow has been recognised by the New Zealand Events Association.

Warbirds Over Wanaka has been named as a finalist in two categories for the NZEA’s annual awards with the winner’s being announced at a Gala dinner in Palmerston North later in August.

This year’s airshow was the first in six years after 2020 and 2022 were cancelled because of Covid restrictions.  The event was a huge success with the Saturday and Sunday selling out.  The display aircraft lineup was one of the best in years and Central Otago turned on perfect weather.

Event Manager Andrena Davis is rapt with being named as a finalist for the awards.  “Winning two awards for our last airshow in 2018 was very special at the time.  But to back that up with another two finalist nominations this time around is amazing.” 

“This success is really for all those who make the airshow happen – from the aircraft owners, pilots and engineers to all our exhibitors, our organising team on the ground and the 270 amazing volunteers who help us deliver this world-class event.”

Andrena says the success of this year’s event has meant the organisation is in a strong position to already be planning for the next airshow at Easter 2026.  Tickets for the next airshow will go on sale on July 3, 2025.

Picture: American Eagles Jet Display Team - credit Geoff Marks

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