Frequently Asked Questions

Accommodation   Air Display   Bars & Alcohol   Camping   Car Parking & Vehicles   Children's Area   Commentary   Complaints & Feedback   Disabled Assistance   Entertainment   Gates   Gold Pass Area   Health & Safety and First Aid   Local Attractions   Lost Children & Property   Media   Merchandise   Money   Photography   Pilots   Private Aircraft   Programmes   Prohibited Items   RNZAF   Shuttle Buses & Transfers   Silver Pass Area   Sir Tim Wallis   Static Displays   Taxiway Walkway   Terms & Conditions   Tickets   Titanium Pass   Toilets   Tour Groups   Trade Stands   Veteran's Marquee   VIP/Hospitality Area   Weather   Where can I buy....

These FAQs will be updated for 2020 as the programme is finalised.


Is there any accommodation available still in Wanaka?
WOW does not provide accommodation but Lake Wanaka Tourism will assist with available accommodation. Please see www.lakewanaka.co.nz or email bookings@lakewanaka.co.nz if you are having problems. Most years there has been accommodation available in Wanaka right up until the Airshow. Otherwise check out accommodation in Queenstown, Cromwell or Alexandra. For Queenstown, please contact the Queenstown i-SITE on 03 442 4100 or email: info@queenstownisite.co.nz

Air Display

What time will the air display run from?
10.00am – 4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

What is happening in the Air Display?
See official programme or HERE for details.

What happens on Friday, the practice day?
All stalls and Static displays are open to the public. No official flying programme, practice sessions only for the air display team. Practise times are:

10.00 am – 12.00 noon and 1.00pm – 3.00pm

A special aviation event will be held over Lake Wanaka on Friday 10th April, commencing at 4.30pm, at no charge. Public and visitors welcome.

Bars and Alcohol

There is one bar at the airshow, beside the Hurricane Tim marquee, on the flightline. The bar will open at 10.00am until 5.00pm.

There will be Craft Beer and local wines available at a number of Brewery stands both in the central Food Court area and in the Silver Pass area.

Can I take my alcohol to the public viewing area?
No – all alcohol must be bought and consumed within the area marked out around the bar.


What campsites are there in Wanaka?

Can I camp in my campervan in the car park?

Camping is NOT allowed on the airfield or in the car parks.

Where can I camp near the airshow?
Terrace Area above the Airport for NZCMA Campervans: If you become or are members of the NZ Motorhome and Caravan Assn you may park on the terrace overlooking the airshow – you must be self-contained and you must stay there for the 3 days of the airshow (shuttles from the Airport can take you to/from Wanaka). Register your interest HERE and buy your WOW pass from Criffel Station.

Luggate Campground: It is sometimes possible to camp at the Luggate Cricket Ground within 5 kms of the airport, however they have no ablution block and your campervan will need to be self contained. Bookings are not taken for this option at this stage.

Car Parking & Vehicles

Where is the Titanium and Gold Pass parking?
Titanium and Gold pass parking is located in Car Park B (Gate 5) and Car Park C accessed through Gate 2.

I am an exhibitor, where should I park my trailer/car?
Exhibitors are allowed to park one car and trailer in the Crossfire (old Have a Shot) Car park. They are not allowed to park them inside the airshow. You must show your pass.

Can I stay in my car and watch the airshow from the car park?
No. Please inform Security if you see this happening. Exceptions are made in the Disabled Car Park where people need to be close to their car for medical reasons.

Can I bring my vehicle into the airshow grounds?

How much does parking cost?
Parking around the airshow is free. You may only use airshow parking if you are going to the airshow.

May I leave my dog in my car?
No. No dogs are allowed in the car parks or at the airport.

Is the ground in the car parks OK for campervans?
The car parks are paddocks, however we do our best to fill in rabbit holes and large bumps or potholes. We have used these paddocks previously and not experienced any problems. As per our Terms and Conditions of ticket sales you do park at your own risk.

Children’s Area

Where is the children’s area?
It is located by the Sky Dive hangar at the South end of the airshow. See the site map HERE.

What facilities are available for babies and mothers?
The Plunket tent is available for mothers and babies with a nappy changing area and breastfeeding chairs, open between 9am and 4:30pm.

What is in the Children’s area?
Plunket Tent, Face Painting, Bungy, Water Rollers, Big Bopper, Inflatable Plane and other interactive attractions.

What crèche facilities are available?
Unfortunately this year we have been unable to secure a provider for the creche/babysitting service at the Airshow. If you require babysitting services within the Wanaka area you may try Lake Wanaka Babysitting or Project Nanny


Who are the commentators?
Jim Hickey, Grant Stewart and Craig 'Ferg' Ferguson.

How do I find out what is happening during the Lake Event on Friday?
The commentary for this Lake Event will be broadcast on the radio - frequency 91.4 - so you can tune in to follow the display as you watch! (if you are not on the lake near the speakers)

Complaints and Feedback

I have a complaint or feedback, who should I talk to?
Please go to the WOW office and request to fill in a feedback / complaint form and leave it at the office to be actioned.

Disabled Assistance

Where is the disabled car parking?
Disabled car parking is located in Car Park A. It is accessed through Gate 4. You MUST have a mobility sticker, please place it on your car to assist security.

How do I register for Disabled assistance?
At the WOW office, or info@warbirdsoverwanaka.co.nz or by phone. The office will take your name and email address (postal address if you do not have one) and enter them into the Disabled File. A map and details of what is available will be sent to you.

Is there any transport assistance from the Gate to the stands?
Yes, disabled transport is provided with landrovers and trailers and a golf cart that will run continuously on 15 – 20 minute loops from Car Park A and Car Park C to the Titianium, Gold and Silver Stands. Disabled transport is available on request through the WOW office for the Veterans Tent, the Shuttle Bus stop and the main gate.

Can I hire a wheelchair or scooter?
Yes, Wheelchairs and Scooters and potentially other mobility equipment are available for hire through Moving On Mobility Service. They will be taking bookings in advance and will also have limited equipment available at the event from their stand near the gate from the disabled carpark. To discuss your specific needs and make a booking, please contact Tracey Allison at Moving On Mobility Service: Ph: 03 441-4704 or 027 448-0617, Email: info@moving-on.co.nz, Web: www.moving-on.co.nz Costs will be advised.

I am elderly, find it difficult to walk long distances but am not classified disabled, where can I park?
Same as above - please register as disabled.

I have difficulty climbing stairs – are there stairs on the grandstand?
Yes, there are approximately 8 steps to the first row of seating. We will rope off the first two rows of steps for people who can tackle only a few stairs. Freestanding seating will also be available at the fence line within the Gold and Silver Pass areas for those who cannot tackle stairs. Volunteers will be available to assist.

I am disabled, once seated in the grandstand – how do I get a coffee or snack?
If the Volunteers on hand have time they will assist you. Please catch their attention and they may go and buy a coffee / snack for you.

Disabled Viewing Area
A viewing area for General Admission pass holders in wheelchairs is a roped off area in the Silver Pass area.

Where are the disabled toilets situated?
There are disabled toilets situated in the Titanium, Gold Pass area, outside the Silver Pass area, by the main Food stall area and the Children’s area. There is also a disabled toilet in the Warbirds and Wheels attraction should you be entering or using the Cafe.


What entertainment is on during the day?
Watch our website for entertainment as it is announced and buy a printed programme, available at the gates or merchandise marquees.

The Frankie Singers are back on the stage.... with hay bales for your viewing!


What time do gates open/close?
Gates open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7.30 am and close at approximately 5.00pm.

What am I allowed to bring in?

  • Deck chairs

  • Rugs

  • Water Bottles

  • Baby’s foods

What am I not allowed to bring in?

  • UAVs or Drones

  • Alcohol

  • Dogs

  • Chilly Bins

Once I have entered the airshow, can I go out and come in again?
Pass outs are allowed, please ensure you get a stamp on your hand (from the gate staff) which will allow you back in.

What passes are accepted on the gates?
Paper tickets, self printed tickets, lanyard swing tickets and tickets on cell phones.

Gold Pass Area

I am a Gold Pass holder, where do I go?
The Gold Pass marquee is located in the central area of the airshow. See the map marked Gold. When you arrive, make your way there, you will be greeted by the Gold Pass team of Volunteers. Please then make your way to the Gold Pass grandstand and find a seat. Seating is not allocated. If you have difficulty finding a seat, please inform the volunteer team who will assist you.

Where can I get my pack and lanyard?
The Gold pass ticket holders can exchange their Gold paper ticket for their pack and lanyard upon entering the Gold Pass marquee. One per person, you will be ticked off the list.

What is included in my pack?

  • Welcome Letter

  • Badge

  • Cap

  • Programme

  • 1 x drink voucher

  • Gold lanyard and plastic ticket

  • Wanaka promotional booklet

  • Free pass to Warbirds & Wheels visitor attraction

Where can I get my free drink?
In the Gold Pass marquee on either Saturday or Sunday.

Is there food available in the Gold Pass marquee?
Yes, food is available at an additional cost.

What other Gold Pass privileges are available?

  • Free tea, coffee and water

  • Warbirds and Wheels free entry voucher

  • Flightline visit on Saturday or Sunday morning from 9am to 9.30am.

I am not happy about something, where can I provide feedback / lodge a complaint?
Talk to your Gold Pass host inside the Gold Pass marquee or any of our team who will either solve it then or give you a feedback form or take a note of your complaint and let the WOW office know.

Health & Safety and First Aid

All of the WOW team, our contractors and exhibitors operate under the 'Health & Safety at work Act 2015' and we have a desiginated H&S operator on site at all times to oversee and manage this area.

We kindly ask for your support on this matter to ensure we continue to operate a safe and enjoyable event for all parties. Please report any issues, incidents or accidents witnessed to a member of the crew or management team immediately at the Airshow. The event office is located in the portacom at the main entrance gate, marked '1' on our site map.

St John's can be found at four locations at the Airshow and are on site for the entire weekend to respond to any medical issues. Please familiarise yourself with these locations on arrival at the airshow on the large maps provided at each gateway or on the back of your WOW Official printed programme.

The main Evacuation muster locations are Car Park A and the Crossfire car park across from the main entrance gate.

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Local Attractions

Is the Warbirds and Wheels Visitor Attraction open during the airshow?
Yes it is. Warbirds and Wheels will be open from 8.30am - 5.00pm and is half price entry for the entire Airshow.

How much is it to go into the Warbirds and Wheels museum?
A special half price deal is offered to WOW ticket holders: $10 per adult, $7.50 for seniors or students, $2.50 for children or $22.50 for a family pass.

What happened to the Fighter Pilots Museum?
It closed in 2010 and many of the artefacts were returned to their owners. Some of the remaining items are in Warbirds and Wheels while others were sent to the RNZAF Museum at Wigram in Christchurch.

Can I access the Toy and Transport museum from the airshow?
No, there is no direct access from the airshow to the Toy and Transport Museum, however it is open for business.

Lost Children and Property

Where do I take / find lost children?
All children should be escorted to the Children’s area and the facilitator on duty there should be notified (check at Plunket tent if you can't find the facilitator). They will inform the WOW Office of the name and approximate age of the child so they can advise the commentators.

Where is lost property?
Any found items should be taken to the WOW Event office near the main gate. Lost property queries should be directed to the WOW Event office.


I am accredited media, where do I go?
Please go to the Media centre where you will be provided with your briefing and personalised pass. There is a media platform located next to the Gold Stand for accredited media only. Park in the Crossfire car park by showing your media pass.


Where can I buy WOW merchandise?
WOW Merchandise is on sale from two merchandise outlets at the airshow. They are located by the Silver Pass stand and the Gold Pass stand.  Any remaining 2020 merchandise not sold at the Airshow will be available at the WOW online shop, with orders being processed after the Airshow. 


How can I order a WOW Official DVD and/or book for the 2020 airshow?
Pre purchase DVD and Book order forms are available at the WOW office, the DVD stand beside the main merchandise stall, the Titanium, Silver and Gold Pass areas. The special pre-order price lasts only until the end of the airshow on Sunday and must be handed in at the airshow to attract the pre-order price. We have held the Airshow price at $25 for the DVD and the book.  The combo for both at the Airshow is $40.


I have filled in a form for a pre-order DVD or Book, where do I drop it off?
You can drop off your form at any of the locations below:

  • WOW DVD stall beside the main merchandise stall

  • WOW office

  • Titanium, Silver and Gold Pass marquees.

What is the difference in price between the pre-order and normal purchase?
Ten dollars if you purchase the combo.

When will the book and DVD be available?
The Book and DVD will be available at the beginning of June 2020. If you have pre-ordered them they will be sent to you.


Can I get cash out at the airshow?
Yes you can but we encourage you to bring plenty of cash as there will be queues.  There will be two ATM machines located near the Gold Pass stand and beside the main merchandise marquee. Not all stalls will accept eftpos. Cash and Eftpos are accepted at the gates and in the merchandise stalls.


Can I take photos or video footage?
Yes, for private use only. Any commercial footage required needs to be negotiated with WOW Management prior to the airshow. We have our own DVD camera team and official photographers and no others are entitled to take photos or film for commercial use. Media need to apply for a Media Pass HERE.   Please see our Terms and Conditions on the website.


Is there an opportunity to meet and greet any pilots?
Titanium and Gold Pass holders will have the opportunity to meet and greet pilots when they walk the flightline. Otherwise go to the DVD/Autograph marquee beside the main merchandise marquee and they will advise when pilots will be present.  Also go to the Air BP Aircraft Display area and chat to any pilot over the fence, who might be available, beside their aircraft.

Private Aircraft

I am arriving in a private helicopter, where can I drop off / park / buy tickets?
Private Helicopters can drop off individuals at the Private Aircraft Parking area which is beyond Car Park A (see Map) on airshow days. Then clients should walk through Car Park A and purchase a ticket at the airshow gate.

Private Aircraft are welcome at the Airshow. If you require any information on flying in please read the NOTAMs and AIP Supplement nearer the time or contact us on info@warbirdsoverwanaka.co.nz. Your aircraft park is at the end of runway 11 - Follow Me will lead you there. Walk 400m to the entrance where you can purchase tickets for the Airshow (note premium prices for Gate Sales).

Helicopters may drop off clients in the Private Aircraft Park (H on site map) and then park in the Private Aircraft Park.  Please feel free to park a golf cart at the entrance way if you wish to ferry clients to the ticket box or their stand.

All private aircraft must arrive before 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday. You may leave after 4.30pm - 5.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

I am arriving in a private jet, where can I drop off / park / buy tickets?
Tarmac parking is available for jets however you must notify us on info@warbirdsoverwanaka.co.nz or Dave Lumsden (021 768 763) prior, to ensure we have room.

Private jets must arrive before 9.30am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They can leave after 4.00pm on Friday, and 4.30 – 5.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.


Official airshow programmes are available at each gate for $10.00 or at the merchandise marquees.

Prohibited Items

  • No UAVs or Drones.

  • No Chilly bins.

  • No Alcohol.

  • No dogs.


Where is the RNZAF display?
Their display is located at the East end of the airshow (see map position # 9).

Shuttle Buses & Transfers

Please refer to our Directions and Transport Page for updated information.

Silver Pass Area

Is the Silver Pass stand covered?
No, so please remember your sun hats, sun block and vests for all weather.

I am a Silver Pass holder, what should I expect when I arrive?
When you arrive, make your way to the Silver Pass area. You will be greeted by the Silver Pass team of Volunteers who will request to see your ticket, once your ticket has been sighted please make your way into the Silver Pass grandstand and find a seat. Seating is not allocated. If you have difficulty finding a seat, please inform the volunteer team who will assist you. You can swap your 3 day paper ticket for a 3 day plastic ticket and lanyard at the Silver Pass stand.

Sir Tim Wallis

Where can I find Sir Tim Wallis?
Sir Tim Wallis is the Patron of WOW 2020. He still continues to work from Alpine Group based here at Wanaka airport. Sir Tim will be at the airshow and will be visiting the Veteran’s marquee at 3pm each day.

Static Displays

What and where are the Static displays at the airshow?
See our Airshow programme page.  Also see aircraft in the Air BP Display park.

Who can I ask about the displays?
All displays will have Facilitators nearby so please feel free to ask them any questions. If they don’t know the answer they will try and find out for you.

Can I get access to the flight display line?
Not unless you have an airside pass. Titanium and Gold pass holders can gain access as part of their package between 9.00 – 9.30am on Sat and Sun morning.

Taxiway Walkway

The taxiway walkway gate will open at 10am and will be opened and closed throughout the day, depending on aircraft movements, until 3.30pm. The taxiway gateway provides direct access from the Silver Pass stand area to the rest of the airshow. Aircraft will need to move in and out of the tarmac parking hence the monitored gateway to prevent people and planes from mixing in the wrong way! Please be patient! If you do not want to wait for the taxiway gate you can walk around the back of the tarmac and hangars to access the rest of the airshow.

Terms & Conditions

On purchasing a ticket you will be deemed to have read the purchase Terms and Conditions on HERE or on www.ticketdirect.co.nz


Can I buy tickets at the Gate?
General Admission Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate at an increased price from pre-purchased tickets. Titanium, Gold and Silver passes should be pre-purchased as they are limited in number. There may be some Silver one day tickets available on the gate on Friday and Sunday however there are no guarantees.


How do I pre-purchase tickets?
Tickets can be bought by calling 0800 224 224 or by going through our website https://www.warbirdsoverwanaka.com.

If you are standing in a queue you can book tickets online via your mobile phone and they will be emailed to you. Go directly to the gate once you have received them and they will scan your barcode and let you in. Tickets may also be purchased from the Warbirds Over Wanaka office (until the week before the Airshow) and the i-Site in Wanaka township.

What tickets will be available at the gate?
General Admission will be available at an additional cost to pre-purchased tickets. Additional service fees are included in the gate sale ticket price. See the Tickets page. Some Silver one day passes may be available but on a first come first serve basis. General Admission tickets will not run out.

Can I upgrade my ticket from a General Admission to a Silver?
Yes, depending on whether the Silver tickets are available at the WOW office near the main airshow gate. Upgrades can take place on the day of the airshow only.

How much are tickets?


Two prices – Pre-purchased or Gate Sales


Titanium - $549.00 - ONE day only, Saturday or Sunday
Gold - $409.00
Silver 3 Day - $279.00
Silver Friday – $89.00
Silver Saturday - $149.00
Silver Sunday - $149.00
General Admission 3 Day – $189.00
General Admission Friday - $60.00
General Admission Saturday – $89.00
General Admission Sunday - $95.00

Under 5 goes free (child must sit on adult's knee in Silver and Gold stand unless a seat is purchased)

U 16 pay child price on General Admission tickets only - $10 per day or $35 for 3 days.


Silver 3 Day - $289.00 (If available)
Silver Friday – $99.00
Silver Saturday - $159.00
Silver Sunday - $159.00
General Admission 3 Day – $199.00
General Admission Friday - $70.00
General Admission Saturday – $99.00
General Admission Sunday - $99.00

Under 5 goes free (child must sit on adult's knee in Silver and Gold stand unless a seat is purchased)

U 16 pay child price on General Admission tickets only - $15 per day or $40 for 3 days.


The following Service and Delivery fees apply to all tickets purchased:

Service Fee - Internet booking $1.50 per ticket
Service Fee - Box Office/Counter/Airshow Gate $2.50 per ticket
Service Fee - Call Centre/Phone $3.50 per ticket

Plus Delivery fees - in addition to fees above:

Print Your Own Tickets Free of Charge
Courier Delivery - NZ $9.00 per transaction
Courier Delivery - Rural NZ $12.00 per transaction
Australia/Other countries courier fee $40.00 per transaction

Are tickets transferable and / or refundable?
No, tickets cannot be transferred to different days and are not refundable.

I can no longer attend the show, can I give my ticket to someone else?
Yes, we will not check names against the tickets upon entry.

I have a 3 day pass and/or a paper ticket (Gold, Silver or GA), where can I exchange it for my lanyard?

  • Gold tickets can be exchanged for a Gold lanyard at the Gold marquee.

  • Silver 3 day tickets can be exchanged for a Silver lanyard at the Silver Pass marquee.

  • GA tickets 3 days can be exchanged for a lanyard at the WOW office opposite the main airport gate.

What is the best day to come?
Saturday is our busiest day however the Sunday programme is exactly the same as Saturday and it is often easier to move around and see exhibits.

Titanium Pass

I am a Titanium Pass holder, where do I go?
As our exclusive pass holders you have the ultimate in luxury at the Airshow. You are in a marquee situated directly in front of the runway with an outside seating area. Go to the marquee beside the taxiway, near the end of the Gold Pass stand.

Where can I get my pack and lanyard?
At the Titanium marquee entrance.

What is included in my pack?

  • Welcome Letter

  • Titanium cap and Airshow badge, Airshow programme as a collector's souvenir.

  • Merchandise order form (in printed programme)

  • Free Voucher for Warbirds and Wheels

  • Titanium lanyard and plastic ticket

  • Wanaka promotional booklet

What other Titanium Pass privileges are available?

  • Continental breakfast from 7.30am, morning and afternoon teas, lunch, great wines and beer from 9am to 4pm.

  • Flightline visit on Saturday or Sunday morning from 9am to 9.30am.

  • Your wait staff will assist you at your table throughout the airshow.

  • This area has its own facilities with Wi-Fi and closed circuit television to watch the Airshow whilst partaking in local specialities.

  • In addition Titanium Pass holders will have the opportunity to mingle with pilots in your marquee and get autographs.

  • If travelling on your own you will also have Priority parking and will be transported to the Titanium Pass enclosure if required. If you require a buggy to go somewhere at the Airshow please ask your hostess.


Where are the toilets?
There are plenty of clean toilets located around the airshow. See map for exact locations.

Tour Groups

I am part of a tour bus group, where can I find my bus?
Buses are parked near Gate 3.

Trade Stands

What time will the stands be open?
Market Stalls, Food Stalls and Aviation Trade stands will be open from 8.00am until 4.00pm. The Wine stalls will be open from 10.00am to 4pm.

Where can I find ______ Stand?
Aviation Trade stands and Market Stalls are located in and around the flightline. Please see the programme or your list of exhibitors for exact locations. Food and Wine Stalls are near the centre of the airfield. RNZAF stalls are located in the RNZAF area.

Veteran's Marquee

I would like to register as a veteran, what do I do?
Please call or email the WOW office (info@warbirdsoverwanaka.co.nz) and provide us with your name, email, the type of tickets you have and any additional veteran details (involvement in forces, forces number etc.)  Veterans from all Wars are eligible to attend.

Where is the Veteran’s marquee?
The veterans marquee in located near the Gold Pass area, marked with #4 on the map.

The Veteran’s marquee has been provided for Veterans and their family to pop into during the airshow. Complimentary tea and coffee is available with chairs and tables together with access to a public grandstand. It is a place to meet other veterans and catch up. Sir Tim Wallis will be visiting the Veterans marquee at 3pm each day of the show. A visitor’s book will also be available for you to sign. Media may also visit to chat with you about your war experiences.

Who will be hosting the Veteran’s marquee?
Two volunteer hosts are yet to be announced.

I am disabled / elderly and would like to go to the Veteran’s marquee, how do I get there and back?
Please request a volunteer to call disabled transport for you and they will take you over.

VIP / Hospitality Area

I am trying to find the VIP tent, where is it and when does it open?
The VIP tents are located next to the Gold pass area and open at 9.00am and close at 4.00pm.

Where should I park as a VIP?
VIPs can park in the Crossfire car park which is accessed from Mt. Barker Road.

I have a friend that I would like to take into the VIP area, is this possible?
This is only possible if it has been approved by Mandy Deans, Ed Taylor or one of the WOW Trustees. Their name must be added to the list by one of these individuals.

Is it possible to get another VIP pass?
See above.

Can I bring my children to the VIP tent?
No, children are not allowed, this is a special day out for the adults.


What happens if it rains?
The airshow will continue if possible. There may be delays. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. If it is a total wash out, a decision re refunds will be made depending on the circumstances and in accordance with NZ Law.

Where can I buy....

I want to buy some earmuffs for my children, where can I get them?
These will be available from the Mitre 10 marquee.

I want to buy food and drink, where do I go?
Go to the food area marked on the map. See list of food stall vendors for the options available.

Where can I find folding chairs?
At the Mitre 10 marquee.

Where can I find sunscreen?
This will be available in the Titanium, Gold and Silver Pass areas and the information area in the merchandise tents. The Mitre 10 marquee will also be selling sunscreen.