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Warbirds & Wheels

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Address: 11 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-443 7010
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Small museum with plenty of interesting displays and spectacular classic cars

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... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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128 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
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!

Thank copim
Management response:

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 

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84 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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

Thank SorrelliAuckland
Management response:

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
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.

Thank fiona s
Management response:

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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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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.

Thank Shane S
Management response:

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 

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72 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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 

Thank Niklas U
Management response:

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 

Nelson, New Zealand
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170 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

The standard of the aircraft and car displays is incredible. This is New Zealand aviation history in one building. I could have spent half a day in this building alone. Attached is a very good cafe. Tip- order your food and while you're waiting head into the museum hangar. The foods good but it takes a while and if you're... More 

Thank BruceFarquhar
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Thank you Bruce Farquhar for your raving review, its great to hear you had the experience we strive for with every customer. Sorry your food took a little long we can get quite busy this time of year but always try to get food out as soon as we possibly can! Good tip though for a busy day! Hope to... More 

sunshine coast
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278 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

Vehicles and Aircraft. Excellent museum with a lovely cafe for lunch. Great history of notable people. Well presented and displayed.

Thank ozdrifter
Management response:

Thank you for your review ozdrifter! I'm glad you enjoyed our museum as well as our cool wee diner! Hope you'll be back soon! More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Great food and Great people, i cant wait ti go back again in time and all the old cars are amazing..

Thank BenjaminStephen
Management response:

Thank you for your review BenjaminStephen. Glad you enjoyed your visit with us and we hope to see you again soon! More 

London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016

The museum contains a small but impressively restored collection of largely American Cars. There are also a few military aircraft and some interesting motorcycles as well as some interesting exhibits about NZ AirForce personnel in the second work war and subsequent periods of history. The exhibits cover off some information on the evolution of aircraft engines too. I managed to... More 

Thank 1ondonDoc
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225 reviews
99 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

The display of warbirds is OK, However the display of vehicles of all types is fantastic. It was a trip down memory lane for me, as I saw many cars that were prevalent in my youth, including many I would have loved to have owned and/or driven. .

Thank Neville B
Management response:

Thank you for the review Neville B. I'm glad we were able to be apart of your trip down memory lane, I hope it was a joyful experience! More 

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