Ground Programme

Open from 7.30am to 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Aircraft for Sale

A number of leading aircraft manufacturers are at Wanaka to show off their new aircraft.  This is your chance to see the best and brightest of new aircraft (helicopters also) being produced around the world.  Come and see their new technologies and their stunning workmanship.  If you ever thought you might like to purchase an aircraft, now is the time to have a look.

Sport Aircraft Display

Sport aircraft, including gyrocopters, RANS, Piper Cubs, Hornets, replicas and percentage scale aircraft will be displayed on the ground.


Static Aircraft Displays

To be listed here once the programme is determined.


Trade stands

Aviation trade stands will offer everything from headsets and avionics to aviation software, Boeing navigation solutions, aviation tours and aviation safety. If you're in aviation come and find out what's new, where you could be adding value to your aircraft.  For the rest of us, just check out what brilliant new technologies are available.

Market stands

There is much here for the families and that Easter shop.  From outdoor clothing, gifts, jewellery, cowhides, steel art, books and Coats of Arms to name a few.... always a good selection and variety to keep you amused when you need a break from the aircraft overhead.  Earmuffs, stools, raincoats and more will also be available.

Wanaka Warhorses 

Since the first Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow in 1988, military vehicles have been an integral part of the Airshow, forming an interactive display with the aircraft stars.  In 1996 the Warhorses at Wanaka group was formed, covering all interests in the field of military vehicles.  Now the group also involves historical re-enactments giving the military vehicles the image of the time in history to which they belonged.  Re-enactment enthusiasts come from all over New Zealand with authentic uniforms and weapons to give the restored vehicles a touch of realism.  Watch their mighty 25-pounder guns when they display at lunchtime on the runway. It is hoped the Warhorse display will bring back memories of the past and be a learning experience to the young generations, lucky enough to not have had the experience of war.

Our favourite re-enactors are once again displaying vehicles, armaments, uniforms, tanks, jeeps, trucks and guns from WWI and WWII.  See them near the Main Airport gate and on the runway at lunchtime.

Food & Beverage Stalls  

Scrumptious food and beverages are available with Central Otago delicacies and the Region's Wine and Beer. 

Over 40 food stalls with a huge variety of offerings and of course the real coffees.   

Classic Cars

Details will be added nearer to the 2022 Airshow.

Stationary Engines

Wanaka is famous for its stationary engines which line the main entrance way. This has been a favourite ground display for many as they enter the Airshow. Air and water pumps, turbine jets and compressors often make up part of this display.  Come and chat to the engine owners, watch their engines running, educate your children on how many of us used these engines from yesteryear. 


Details will be added nearer to the 2022 Airshow.

School Children

Details will be added nearer to the 2022 Airshow.

Rides Day

Aircraft available for rides will once again be posted here nearer the 2022 Airshow.

2020 Warbirds Over Wanaka merchandise package is available via our online shop.