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Warbirds & Wheels

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Address: 11 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
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+64 3-443 7010
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Our world-class visitor attraction showcases a collection of Warbirds...

Our world-class visitor attraction showcases a collection of Warbirds aircraft, over 30 world class and privately owned classic cars, RealArt Roadshow of unique New Zealand art, wearable arts and tales of a local legend Sir Tim Wallis. This attraction also contains a 1950's retro diner with a wide range of delicious snacks baked on site daily, diner-style meals and refreshments, and retail shop with loads of exciting car and aircraft memorabilia. Open seven days 9am to 5pm. Located at the Wanaka airport, 9km from the township.

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A small but nice museum

We spent about an hour and a half here looking round the museum. The vintage cars in particular are beautifully kept and the few planes are interesting too. Outside you can also... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Christine R
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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489 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We spent about an hour and a half here looking round the museum. The vintage cars in particular are beautifully kept and the few planes are interesting too. Outside you can also have fun watching the skydivers coming down!

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Rolleston, New Zealand
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

An outstanding collection of classic autos and aircraft. Very well presented with information signs giving some amazing details for each vehicle. A highly recommended attraction for any fan of classics.

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Thank CrazyDiamond66
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Thank you for your review CrazyDiamond66, I'm so glad you enjoyed the work we put into our museum! We hope we'll see you again soon. More 

cairns
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123 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

what an interesting place this is. Love the old planes and all the details given to see what happen and why. Excellent place to see the history.

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Thank chris_cairns
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Thank you for your review chris_cairns! I'm glad you loved the planes and the history that goes along with them! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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163 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

The cars are exceptionell: I love the Chevrolets and of course the famous Rickenbacher and the most famous Duesenberg .... The warplains are interesting, especially the very old Vampire. A lot to watch and see - and afterwards go for a really good (strong) coffee to the cafe of the museum.

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Thank BURGWIN
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Hi, thank you so much for your raving review! I'm glad you enjoyed our collection as well as our little diner! Hope to see you again sometime! More 

Seattle, Washington, United States
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40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We went to the National Transportation and Toy Museum before this one and were a little overwhelmed by that experience. We almost didn't go to this one as we figured it would be more of the same. I'm glad we didn't as this was a much more satisfying experience. It is a smaller museum but everything is so well presented... More 

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Thank Scott M
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We're so glad you decided to visit Scott! We take pride in our presentation and we're glad you noticed. We hope your visit was relaxing and that we might see you again soon! More 

Dunedin, New Zealand
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125 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Very good small selection of mainly American cars in superb condition, well displayed, accompanied by a few ex-military aircraft, with stories of individual Nz pilots and WWII aces. Loop video of latest Warbirds over Wanaka show. Interesting and worth a stop - especially with morning tea or lunch at the diner!

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Thank copim
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Thank you for your review, I'm glad you enjoyed your visit with us. I hope you'll be back to visit us again soon! More 

Auckland
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84 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Not so much a warbirds experience as an amazing vintage car display. Saw vintage cars I have never seen before and Carole Lombard's Deusenberg

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Thank SorrelliAuckland
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Thank you for your review SorrelliAuckland. I'm glad you enjoyed our collection of classic cars and we've been able to show you something new! More 

Nelson Bay, Australia
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The name of the museum suggests more planes, but the focus of the collection was cars. Cars were great and well presented.

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Thank fiona s
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Hi Fiona, sorry if you felt mislead in your expectations of more planes. I'm glad you enjoyed our classic car collection though. Thank you for the review. More 

Wanaka, New Zealand
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

A must see when in wanaka. Full of beautifully restored machines from planes, cars and everything inbtween. Lovely staff and location. Plan at least an hour to really enjoy evefything there. And there is a funky diner style cafe on site, so stay for lunch.

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Thank Shane S
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Hi Shane, thank you for your raving review! Sounds like you had the experience we strive to give all our wonderful customers. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Germany
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72 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Already when finding out about Warbirds & Wheels when planning my New Zealand stay, I knew I would need to go there. And it was totally worth it. I wasn't that interested in the planes but they were still nice to look at. However, the cars were unbelievable. So many old and beautiful cars with history in so little space... More 

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Thank Niklas U
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Hi Niklas, thank you for your outstanding review! I'm so glad to hear we were part of your planned trip before you even got to New Zealand. I'm glad the cars impressed you as much as they impress us. Hope to see you again! More 

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