Ground Programme

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

Warbirds Over Wanaka is famous for the variety of ground displays including Wanaka Warhorses.

Aircraft for Sale

A number of leading aircraft manufacturers, including Pilatus, Hawker Pacific and Cirrus were at Wanaka to show off their new aircraft.

Sport Aircraft Display

Sport aircraft, including gyrocopters, RANS, Piper Cubs, Hornets, replicas and percentage scale aircraft were displayed on the ground and in the air. Displays of aircraft parts and demonstrations in the hangar gave an opportunity to see what is needed to purchase or build an entry-level aircraft.

Trade stands

Aviation trade stands offered everything from headsets and avionics to aviation software, hangar sweepers and hangar doors and aviation safety. 

Market stands

There was 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....

Aviation Training Mart

If you or any of your family had ever wanted to learn to fly or become an aircraft engineer, but hadn't been sure how to go about it, this was the time to sort your options.  We had many of New Zealand’s leading flight training organisations on site. 

Classic Cars  - Packard Display

Possibly the best line up ever outside the United States of classic Packard motor vehicles was on display.  The Packard Car Club of New Zealand organised a rally culminating with the cars being on display at the Airshow. Among the 50 vehicles coming were ten which were being shipped from the United States especially for the event.

Wanaka Warhorses 

Our favourite re-enactors were once again displaying vehicles, armaments, uniforms, tanks, jeeps, trucks and guns from WWI and WWII.

Food & Beverage Stalls  

Scrumptious food and beverages were available with Central Otago delicacies and the Region's famous Pinot Noir wine.  Wine and local Craft Beer stalls also.

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. For our 30th Anniversary more engines from yesteryear than normal were present, you will not see anything like it operating today.  Air and water pumps, turbine jets and compressors often made up part of this display.


Our very own Frankie Singers were here once again to take  you back to WWII....  Also the Wanaka Ukelele Orchestra entertained at other times.....

Upper Clutha School Children

Every Airshow WOW offers all school children in the Upper Clutha area the opportunity to come to Warbirds Over Wanaka on Easter Friday free of charge.  The Air Cadets 50th Squadron host them and show them around.  We need these young ones to enter the aviation world and help us fulfill our Mission 'To educate through the celebration and promotion of aviation past and present.'




2018 WOW merchandise is still available via WOW's online shop.