Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow

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He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the R.S.A.,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his mates;
They were heroes, every one. 

And 'tho sometimes to his neighbours
His tales became a joke,
All his mates listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we'll hear his tales no longer,
For ol' Jack has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer
For an ANZAC died today.

He won't be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

 He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won't note his passing,
'Tho an ANZAC died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

The Media tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young,
But the passing of an ANZAC,
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some smoothie who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician's stipend
And the style in which they live,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that they give.

While the ordinary ANZAC,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small..

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever-waffling stand?

Or would you want an ANZAC
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common soldier,
Who would fight until the end?

He was a worthy ANZAC,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.

For when our countries are in conflict,
We find the ANZAC's part,
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honour
While he's here to enjoy the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:



Join us for four days of an aviation extravaganza at Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016 at Wanaka Airport, New Zealand, at Easter.

In the Air

You will witness some extraordinary flying with warbirds, loud modern fighter jets through to the manoeuverable STOL aircraft flown in this region.  Witness a landing competition and an international jet racing challenge.  

Set in an extraordinary setting of stunning scenery you will watch pyrotechnics, aerobatics, team formations and some skilled flying.... enough memories for a lifetime!

On the Ground

There's also lots to do on the ground - come for three days and keep one day just for ground exhibits.... from the warhorses, vintage trucks, avaition trade stands, market stalls, aircraft for sale, wine and food from the region and much more.... Watch what our experts can make out of aircraft parts ...

New in 2016

See the first full display of the RNZAF new Beechcraft Texan trainers,  Our amphibian display over the Lake front on Friday afternoon will be something you are unlikely to have seen before, featuring the Catalina also.  

Rides Day 2016 on Monday 28th offers you the opportunity to take to the skies yourself.

Ensure you read 'Airshow Programme' and 'Titanium, Gold, Silver and GA ticket' pages to get all the details you need..... we welcome your attendance. 



"Thank you for an amazing 2014 Airshow. The Gold Pass was really good value and the facilities, meals  and services were excellent."  Paul, Australia.

"I was at the Airshow on Saturday, it was absolutely brilliant! Worth travelling from the UK just for the show."  Roger, England.




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NEW in 2016

Titanium Pass
Amphibians on the Lake
International Jet Racing challenge

Book tickets online here or at 0800 224 224 (NZ) or 1 300 798 550 (Australia).

RIDES DAY bookings - ride in an aircraft of your choice, Spitfire, Kittyhawk, Tiger Moth and many more....

Visitors to New Zealand are advised to check the DriveSafe website for information on road rules and driving in New Zealand prior to collecting your rental vehicle.

27.3.15 How Fast is Fast?

16.3.15 Call for Amphibian Aircraft

23.1.15 Catalina at WOW 2016.

WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA CLUB - we invite you to join here ..... once you are signed up we will come back to you.


2014 WOW Official DVD and Book available here.

Stunning photos ..... a great record of the Airshow and superb action on the DVD.