Ground Programme

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

WOW 2020 has been cancelled - read more


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

WOW 2020 Brochure download

WOW 2020 Site map

Aircraft for Sale

A number of leading aircraft manufacturers, including Pilatus, Cirrus, Oceania Aviation, ElectricAir and Tecnam have confirmed they will be at Wanaka to show off their new aircraft.  This is your chance to see the best and brightest of new aircraft (helicopters also) being produced around the world.  Come and see their new technologies and their stunning workmanship.  If you ever thought you might like to purchase an aircraft, now is the time to have a look.

Sport Aircraft Display

Sport aircraft, including gyrocopters, RANS, Piper Cubs, Hornets, replicas and percentage scale aircraft will be displayed on the ground. Displays of aircraft parts, a  3-D aircraft printer, model aircraft and demonstrations in the hangar will give an opportunity to see what is needed to purchase or build an entry-level aircraft.  This is often where pilots will start when wanting to build or purchase an aircraft, as well as those that have owned Cessnas and other powerful aircraft and now just want to have a recreational licence and fly something for fun.

Static Aircraft Displays

We will have a helicopter on display near the flightline.   

Trade stands

Aviation trade stands will offer everything from headsets and avionics to aviation software, Boeing navigation solutions, aviation tours and aviation safety. If you're in aviation come and find out what's new, where you could be adding value to your aircraft.  For the rest of us, just check out what brilliant new technologies are available.

Market stands

There is 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.... always a good selection and variety to keep you amused when you need a break from the aircraft overhead.  Earmuffs, stools, raincoats and more will also be available.

Wanaka Warhorses 

Since the first Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow in 1988, military vehicles have been an integral part of the Airshow, forming an interactive display with the aircraft stars.  In 1996 the Warhorses at Wanaka group was formed, covering all interests in the field of military vehicles.  Now the group also involves historical re-enactments giving the military vehicles the image of the time in history to which they belonged.  Re-enactment enthusiasts come from all over New Zealand with authentic uniforms and weapons to give the restored vehicles a touch of realism.  Watch their mighty 25-pounder guns when they display at lunchtime on the runway. It is hoped the Warhorse display will bring back memories of the past and be a learning experience to the young generations, lucky enough to not have had the experience of war.

Our favourite re-enactors are once again displaying vehicles, armaments, uniforms, tanks, jeeps, trucks and guns from WWI and WWII.  See them near the Main Airport gate and on the runway at lunchtime.

Food & Beverage Stalls  

Scrumptious food and beverages are available with Central Otago delicacies and the Region's Craft Wine, Pimm's Tent and Beer. 

Over 40 food stalls with a huge variety of offerings including: pitas, dumplings, crispy fried squid, churros, bratwursts, pizza, gelato, smoothies and plenty of icecream.  Also whitebait, venison, paua and mussel patties, Turkish kebabs, bacon and avocado rolls, German sausages, pulled pork, beef brisket, spit roasted lamb, salads, curly fries, Mr Whippy, hamburgers, French Crepes, hot dogs, bacon butties, chips, candy floss, popcorn and mini donuts.  Yummmmmm..... and of course the real coffees.   

Classic Cars

The best of the best American Classic cars..... Deusenbergs and Stutz, plus some heavy machinery.

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. Air and water pumps, turbine jets and compressors often make up part of this display.  Come and chat to the engine owners, watch their engines running, educate your children on how many of us used these engines from yesteryear. 


The RNZAF Band, the USAF Rock Band, the WWII 'Bombette' Singers and the Wanaka Ukelele Orchestra will be here to take you back in time.... on the stage situated in the main Food Court area.

School Children

Every Airshow WOW offers all school children no matter where they live, the opportunity to come to Warbirds Over Wanaka on Easter Friday (10th April 2020) free of charge.  If you have children aged between 0-16 they are given free entry.  The Air Cadets 50th Alexandra 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.'



Rides Day aircraft available for rides are listed here.  Please contact the operator directly and they will provide you with details on ride days and times, costs and maps on how to reach their aircraft. 

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