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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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Worth a visit but don't expect too much.

Difficult to call this one. We thought we would see more of the famous 'Warbirds Over Wanaka' airshow items but maybe we should have gone to the nearby Transport Museum instead... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
petertaylor57
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Penn Valley, California
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205 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Went here as my husband is a pilot. There aren't very many planes but he found it interesting nonetheless. We both really enjoyed all the cars on display. There is also a "haute trash" display in a separate room which is wearable fashion made from recycled materials. Display was fun and creative. There is an attached retro diner. We were... More 

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Thank minic00per
Management response:

Hi, thank you for your review! We're glad you liked our Wanaka Wearable Arts Collection, it's quite amazing what our local people can create! More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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64 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Difficult to call this one. We thought we would see more of the famous 'Warbirds Over Wanaka' airshow items but maybe we should have gone to the nearby Transport Museum instead. Lots of old cars lovingly restored, but mainly American so unless you're an enthusiast, little nostalgia here for locals. 4 aircraft, but none airworthy and the poor old Skyhawk... More 

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Thank petertaylor57
Management response:

Hi, thank you for your review! Although Warbirds Over Wanaka is held at the airport all the planes in the airshow are privately owned so unfortunately we don't have those planes in our museum. The Skyhawk has just had some much needed maintenance so no more look of neglect! More 

Woodland, California
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35 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017

This place has an amazing collection of old cars and airplanes. There is a wonderful tribute to the New Zealand war pilots.

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Thank gshe2016
Management response:

Hello, thank you for your review! I'm glad you enjoy our collection of classics and our tribute to New Zealand history as well! More 

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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Both my husband and I enjoyed our visit to the museum. He owns classic motorcycles so appreciated all the classics on show. I liked how much background information is provided so we understood their background. Great to be able to get a decent coffee out front as well.

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Thank Christine H
Management response:

Hi! Thank you for your review, so glad to hear you enjoyed our museum and you appreciated all the information we provide. We think all the background information really brings the cars to life! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Lancaster, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

If, like me, you're an aeroplane enthusiast, especially jets, especially military jets, this might get your juices flowing, but, having paid my $20, I saw about 4, very old, very unloved (last dusted c. 5 years ago) planes, very disappointing. On the other hand, the huge collection of obviously really treasured old cars is the opposite, so, if you're an... More 

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Thank kevinmorley2
Management response:

Hi, you are right we do have more cars than planes in our collection. Our plane collection houses the SE5A, a Hurricane, Vampire, Strikemaster and the Skyhawk so I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed with what we have. Thank you for your feedback. More 

Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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487 reviews
291 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 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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Thank Christine R
Management response:

Hi, thank you for your review. I'm glad you appreciated our beautiful collection of cars! We hope to see you again some time soon! More 

Rolleston, New Zealand
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
Management response:

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 20 helpful votes
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
Management response:

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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490 reviews
163 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
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
Management response:

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
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
Management response:

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 

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