Warbirds Over Wanaka

The world's most unique airshow

Warbirds Over Wanaka is operated by a charitable Community Trust. Their vision is to 'Aspire to be the best Warbirds Airshow in the World. To educate through the celebration and promotion of aviation past and present.' 

Warbirds Over Wanaka is a biennial air show in Wanaka, held on the Easter weekend of even-numbered years since 1988. It is held at Wanaka Airport, 10 km south-east of Wanaka, in the southern South Island of New Zealand. Initially conceived by New Zealand live deer recovery pioneer, Sir Tim Wallis, as a display day for him to play with his collection of World War II aircraft, the show has grown into a major institution. Roads are closed and traffic is detoured around the area during the weekend. Hotels, motels and backpackers around Wanaka are usually booked well in advance (two years ahead). Accommodation is impossible to find if one does not have a booking.

Whether you are a pilot, aviation enthusiast or a family wanting a great day's entertainment, the unique airshow, set in stunning mountain scenery, will create memories that last a lifetime. 

Awesome experience! Everything about the trip was first class and exceeded all my expectations. I would not think of going to New Zealand with anyone else. Simon went out of his way to attend to everyone’s needs and ensure that they had a memorable trip. The game animals were plentiful and Simon made sure that everyone had great opportunities to take the trophies they were after. I highly recommend Cardrona Outfitters and Simon Hawkins for your New Zealand hunting experience.

David Porter, USA