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Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 1988 onwards.....

History

In 1988 aviation entrepreneur Sir Tim Wallis shared his passion for Warbirds and Classic Aircraft with the public by creating an Airshow that is now a biennial centre piece of Central Otago’s tourist attractions. The first airshow and country fair attracted 14,000 visitors to Wanaka Airport.

Delighted with this success, he decided to expand on the theme and hold a biennial event over the long Easter weekend. As the show grew so did its support and now around 50,000 people make the pilgrimage to Wanaka for their weekend of excitement.

Now acclaimed as the largest Warbird Airshow in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the world's top four Warbird airshows, we celebrate 25 years of operating Airshows.

 

 Warbirds Over Wanaka Patron, Sir Tim Wallis

 

Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust Board

In 2006 the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust Board was established to ensure Sir Tim Wallis’s legacy continues to develop and grow in Wanaka. As a Charitable Trust (CC30150) our Vision is to:

'Aspire to be the best Warbirds Airshow in the World.' 

Our Mission: 'To educate through the celebration and promotion of aviation past and present.'


The Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust Board Trustees are:

Ross McRobie 
Chairman

Robyn Reid

 

Stephen Grant

 

John Gilks

 

Brett Nicholls

 

 

 

 

We invite you to assist us to fulfil our Vision and Mission statements by making a donation to the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust.

Why would you work with us?

  • Because you can take part in preserving New Zealand's aviation heritage for all generations 
  • To assist us implement a formal education plan and scholarships to ensure New Zealand has enough World War II pilots for the next 25 years. In joining the WOW Family you can contribute to exhibiting aircraft and promoting aviation.

What do I need to do in order to make a donation?

Call our 0900 number to make an instant donation of $20. This will be added to your telephone bill.

0900 WARBIRDS (0800 92724) Please leave your name if you would like a receipt. 

Or contact us to make a donation for any amount - mandy@warbirdsoverwanaka.co.nz or call on 64 3 443 8619.

How will Warbirds Over Wanaka use my donation?

Your bequest will enable us to set up scholarships for budding World War II pilots. The monies will pay for tuition time and aircraft fuel.

We thank you for your willingness to assist in preserving New Zealand's aviation heritage.

 AWARDS AND RECOGNITION FOR
 
WARBIRDS OVER WANAKA

2014 Trustpower Community Awards - Heritage and Environment Regional Winner
2013 Trustpower Community Awards - Heritage and Environment Regional Winner

2004 Around NZ Air Race - recognition of support

1998 Certificate of Achievement - Best Small Event in NZ

1996 International Aeronautical Federation - contribution to exciting and spectacular displays of extremely rare aircraft

 

1994 Tourism NZ Award Finalist

1993 Order of St John - thanks for futherance of their work at our airshows

 

1992 Tourism NZ Award Finalist

1992 Civic Development Award - Otago Chamber of Commerce for the development of the Airshow

1990 Tourism NZ Award - Commendation Winner of Special Events