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The Warbirds Over Wanaka Experience: What will you see at the show?

In 1988, Sir Tim Wallace spearheaded the inaugural Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow. The biennial event has grown enormously since then, with the Easter weekend show drawing crowds of over 50 000 people from around New Zealand and overseas to become the largest Warbirds Airshow in the Southern Hemisphere.

Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand

Warbirds Over Wanaka will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018 and will be celebrating the milestone in style, recreating a number of the most popular attractions from the shows proud 30-year history, as well as some exciting new events due to be announced in the lead up to the event.

With classic elements from previous shows due to return in 2018, you can expect to see a variety of exciting acts taking place on the main flight line at Wanaka Airport throughout the weekend. Iconic Warbird aircraft, as well as other modern military aircraft, will engage in flying demonstrations and battle re-enactments, with additional acts showcasing sky-diving, aerobatics and lots more. Start the weekend off with a bang at the free helicopter display, due to take place over Lake Wanaka on the afternoon of Friday 30th March.

Skydiving, Warbirds Over Wanaka, New Zealand

While planes fly overhead, there are plenty of ground displays to explore during the event including:

Static aircraft displays: civilian and military aircraft, jets and more will be on display.

Wanaka Warhorses: a popular re-enactment troupe, the Warhorses will have vehicles, armaments, uniforms, tanks, jeeps, trucks and guns on display, with re-enactments taking place throughout the weekend.

Classic cars: the 2018 airshow will include a car rally, showcasing a variety classic cars, including a 50-strong fleet of Packards.

Sport aircraft display: gyrocopters, RANS, Piper Cubs, Hornets, replicas and scaled aircraft will be on display for the hobby-building enthusiasts.

Flight training organisations: every wanted to learn to fly? Chat to the leaders in New Zealand flight training to find out how.

WOWMart: an aviation enthusiasts paradise, this trading area for used aviation parts is a great spot browse and chat to other plane buffs.

Aircraft for sale: browse through displays from leading aircraft manufacturers as well as aircraft owners with used aircraft for sale.

Trade stands: flying jackets, pilot headsets and more available for purchase at the trade stands.

Food and Drink: keep yourself fed and watered at the food and drink stalls, selling a selection of delicious local cuisine, craft beers and local wines.

Contact our team and ask about the great range of Warbirds tours we have.