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


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, this is the one event not to be missed.


 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. The Trust’s vision is to ‘inspire and educate generations; with inspirational Warbirds Airshows showcasing the unique lake and mountain scenery of Wanaka’.

The Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust Board Trustees are:

Ross McRobie 

Robyn Reid


Stephen Grant


John Christie


John Gilks

Brett Nicholls









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