Ground Programme

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

Christmas merchandise special - see below.

Warbirds Over Wanaka is famous for the variety of ground displays including Wanaka Warhorses. Many visitors arrive when the gates open so they can take everything in before the aerial displays begin.

Christmas merchandise special

Warbirds Over Wanaka merchandise on sale, great for Christmas presents.... ends December 18th 2017.  Some limited sizes and minimum order $40.00 + p&p.  Order here


Airshow 2018 map

Come for an extra day to see all the exhibits on the ground.

Aircraft for Sale

Ever wanted to own your own aircraft?  A number of leading aircraft manufacturers are at Wanaka to show off their new aircraft, as well as aircraft owners selling their used aircraft.

Sport Aircraft Display

Sport aircraft, including gyrocopters, RANS, Piper Cubs, Hornets, replicas and percentage scale aircraft will be displayed on the ground and in the air. Homebuilders heaven.  Displays of aircraft parts and demonstrations in the hangar will give you an opportunity to see what is needed to purchase or build an entry-level aircraft. If you wish to register your aircraft for static display please register here

Static aircraft displays

Include civilian and military aircraft with Tiger Moths, jets and others on display.


Buy and sell used aviation parts.  Clean out your hangars!  Bring your spare aircraft bits or purchase for your own project. You will be helping others to complete aircraft projects and to get young people into aviation.  The Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust receive 10% of all sales and these proceeds will go towards the WOW Flying Scholarships.  Situated in a marquee near the flightline.

Sales from 10am to 4pm Saturday 31st March and Sunday 1st April.  Items may be dropped off at the marquee from 8.30am-5pm on Friday 30th March, latest delivery by 9.30am on Saturday.  Items may be viewed at sale times only, all items sold on an 'as is' basis.  All unsold items must be collected by noon on Monday 2nd April.  To register your items download the form below:

Register items here

Trade stands

Aviation trade stands offer everything from headsets to flying jackets.

Aviation Training Mart

If you or any of your family have ever wanted to learn to fly or become an aircraft engineer, but haven't been sure how to go about it, this Airshow is the time to sort your options.  We have many of New Zealand’s leading flight training organisations on site for you to talk to.  Situated in a marquee right on the flightline you will be able assess your options, find out costs and the process for getting your aviation qualification.

If you are a training organisation and want to be part of our Aviation Training Mart please register here

Classic Cars  - Packard Display

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

There is a strong link between the cars and some WWII aircraft, as during WWII the Packard company made an American version of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine to power fighter aircraft and bombers. The Packard Merlin V12 engine was fitted to the P-40 Kittyhawk and P-51 Mustang, so Packard V12 engines will be both on the ground and in the air.

It’s fitting that for our 30th anniversary celebrations we have such a world-class collection of cars on display. The value of the cars on display at Wanaka will run into the many millions of dollars.

Rides Day

A chance to tick off that bucket list Warbird aircraft ride. Various aircraft owners will have their aircraft available for rides on Monday April 2nd. Check out the aircraft available, costs and how to book here   Kittyhawks, Mustang, Harvard, Tiger Moth, WACO and many more.......

Wanaka Warhorses 

Our favourite re-enactors once again will display vehicles, armaments, uniforms, tanks, jeeps, trucks and guns from WWI and WWII.  Watch them re-enact within their army compound or on the runway with enemy fire overhead. If you wish to participate in this re-enactment please register here


Food & Beverage Stalls  

Scrumptious food and beverages are available across the airfield. New in 2018 will be an enhanced food offering in the Silver Pass area, also a number of local craft brewers at the Airshow.  Try some Central Otago delicacies along with the Region's famous Pinot Noir wine.

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. Come and see these engines from yesteryear and chat with their enthusiastic owners. You will not see anything like it operating today.  Air and water pumps, turbine jets, shearing plants and compressors often make up part of this display.

If you would like to have your Stationary Engine on display Register Here

Children's Area

Our children’s play area features many interactive attractions and will keep our younger visitors entertained. Upper Clutha Plunket provides nappy change facilities and a breastfeeding chair in their tent. To be confirmed: A crèche with a babysitting service will be operating – further details and bookings will be available here from November onwards.

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.  We approach these schools and encourage their involvement in the Airshow.  The Air Cadets 50th Squadron host them and show them around.  The Aviation Training Mart and the RNZAF recruitment bus where they learn how they might be air force pilots are of particular interest.  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.'


Veterans, the disabled and elderly are most welcome and we ask that you register with us at so we can cater for your needs. Disabled parking is provided (certified mobility card MUST be displayed to access this area).

2018 WOW merchandise will be available at the Airshow.