Directions & Transport

The journey's almost as good as the destination.

Wanaka Airport is 10km from Lake Wanaka township on State Highway 6 at Luggate. Wanaka is easy to reach by road, bus or air.



International airports are situated at Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown. Scheduled flights into Queenstown can be arranged through Air New Zealand and Jetstar from cities around New Zealand. From Queenstown to Wanaka your travel can be by car, coach or charter aircraft. Charter flights will operate from several locations around New Zealand.

Private aircraft may fly directly into Wanaka Airport. See further info here and refer to a special NOTAM issued for the 2020 Airshow.


Helicopter Transfers

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Avoid the traffic over the Crown Range with a helicopter transfer directly to and from the Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow. Alpine Helicopters are providing transfers from their private terminal (64 Grant Road, Queenstown) delivering guests to the Wanaka Airport. Available on a shared or private charter basis from $700 per person return. Additional Queenstown departure locations are available upon request for private charter bookings.

Book at:



Distances from other townships are as follows:

Alexandra 86kms, Christchurch 431kms, Cromwell 55kms, Dunedin 280kms, Invercargill 307kms, Oamaru 236kms, Omarama 113kms, Queenstown 120kms, Timaru 280kms, Twizel 130kms. Allow extra travelling time for delays on Airshow days.

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Interislander Ferry

The Interislander offers a deal for anyone that has pre-purchased a Warbirds Over Wanaka 2020 ticket. 

Please see the details of the offer here.

These are available now to book and bookings must be made online. If there are any issues then please call 0800 878-898.



Scheduled services and charters will operate from towns within the South Island. Contact travel agents or i-Site offices for details.

Ritchies Wanaka

0800 405 066

Shuttle between Wanaka & Airshow:
Ritchies will be running continuous shuttles from Wanaka to the Airshow from 8:00am until approximately 4:30pm on all three days. This service will leave from the Log Cabin on the Wanaka Lakefront and drop-off at the corner of Mt Baker Rd and the main highway.Tickets can be pre-purchased online or bought from the driver (with cash).

Bus service between Queenstown & Wanaka:
Return buses from Queenstown at 7:30am on Friday, Saturday & Sunday - these must be prebooked.

Yello! - Wanaka Cab

+64 3 443 5555 or 0800 443 5555

Coaches and Private Vehicle Hire from Queenstown Airport or from Warbirds & Wanaka.

Go Bus Central

+64 3 448 6868 or 0800 487 488

Can provide transport and group transport from any South Island destination.
Please contact for a quote for your group.

Taxi/Private Transfer


0800 92 62 82

Professional and friendly service every time - Wanataxi - the locals choice!

Reko Private Guides

+64 (0)27 602 4018

Reko Private Guides provide hassle-free VIP private transfers to Warbirds Over Wanaka from Wanaka, Cromwell and Queenstown. Our expert local drivers and late model Landrover Discovery vehicles will get you there in complete safety and comfort. 

Yello! - Wanaka Cab

+64 3 443 5555 or 0800 443 5555

Private Vehicle Hire from Queenstown Airport or from Warbirds & Wanaka.

Luxe Guides

+64 (0)3 451 0212 or toll free 0800 58 9393

Providers of private transfers from Queenstown and the Southern Lakes to Warbirds Over Wanaka. At Luxe Guides, we work around your plans, allowing you the time to relax and enjoy the show.

Rental Cars

Wanaka Rentacar

+64 3 443 6641 or Barry on +64 274345 233 or Sue on +64 272 443 809
2 Brownston St, Wanaka

Queenstown Airport pick up and drop offs can be arranged with our driver service – extra charges apply
Wanaka Airport pick up and drop offs can also be arranged – extra charges apply
All ranges of vehicles including 8 and 10 seaters

Adventure Rentals

+64 3 443 6050
51 Brownston Street, Wanaka