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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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Nice place for fast lunch

Good food and nice place. we needed something before us helicopter trip and this place is in the perfect location.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 June 2016
Kerry M
Munnar, India
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Auckland, New Zealand
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99 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

On the main road between Wanaka and Cromwell this is where the warbirds over Wanaka is held every 2 years. Great museum and lots to see and explore with something for everyone in the family! Just 10 minutes out of Wanaka town this is worth the trip.

Thank mrmaccnz
Waipukurau, New Zealand
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51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

Decided to pay a visit due to the teaming rain. The displays while interesting where not as extensive as we had expected

1 Thank Linpenfam
Dubbo, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped into the cafe for lunch , cool retro styled shop , food was great and staff very friendly , recommend to anyone , especially car buffs .

Thank dazpaz
Management response:

Thank you for your review dazpaz. I'm glad our diner won you over. Great food, cool atmosphere and friendly staff, that's what we're all about! More 

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24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

I'd have to say disappointing. Great car collection. But poor aircraft one. Guess I'm a bit spoiled having been to many international aviation museums (USS Intrepid in NY and Air and Space Museum Washington ) but $50 for 3 adults for a 20 minute visit to see entire collection not great. One bonus was several Graham Sydney landscapes on display.

Thank Ian M
General M, Manager at Warbirds & Wheels, responded to this review

Hi Ian M, Sorry to hear you were disappointed on your recent visit. Our display of over 35 classic cars are possibly the best you'll see outside the USA. Sorry to hear you only spent 20 minutes with us as most guests who read all the information, watch videos and take in all the display spend a few hours in... More 

Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Formerly the site of the New Zealand Fighter Pilot's Museum, with Sir Tim Wallace having sold off his aircraft collection, this gem of a place has taken over - and we are the better for it too, not that the aviation side of things has been neglected either. Clean, absorbing and charming, within the hall is a selection of aircraft... More 

1 Thank Grant N
General M, Manager at Warbirds & Wheels, responded to this review

Hi Grant, thank for your review and so nice to hear your appreciation of Sir Tim. He certainly is a local legend to us and brought so much to the Wanaka community. We're proud to be able to keep Wanaka's aviation history alive. thanks again. More 

Warkworth New Zealand
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37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

We stopped here on our trip from Greymouth to Dunedin and found it to be a great museum. Dennis loves vintage cars and we found this museum had them very well presented and with lots to see. Could do with more but then we went to the Transport and Toy Museum which had lots, but they were not as well... More 

Thank Adrienne M
Toronto, Ontario
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186 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

museum. Some cool planes and cars, exhibits about NZ fighter pilots (the latter being one of the better parts. Small art gallery onsite as well. We both ordered breakfast at the 50s style diner attached to the museum. Scrambled eggs were super runny, much to my chagrin. Food was a bit pricey, and diner far too sunny today. Overall we... More 

Thank kjkToronto
General M, Manager at Warbirds & Wheels, responded to this review

Hi, thanks for the review. Glad you enjoyed the museum. Sorry to hear your eggs were runny, we would have happily re-made them for you had you asked as we pride ourselves on our quality food and want our guests to be happy. $12 for bacon and eggs is probably the best priced breakfast you'll get anywhere in Wanaka or... More 

Rangiora, New Zealand
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

As the title said, this museum is stunning, the cars are all immaculate and very well looked after. Spoke to a man who had a few cars on display and he was very friendly and knowledgable. Staff were very welcoming and entry was very cheap at only $20 per person.

Thank bazingamedia
Munnar, India
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

Good food and nice place. we needed something before us helicopter trip and this place is in the perfect location.

Thank Kerry M
General M, Manager at Warbirds & Wheels, responded to this review

Thanks Kerry M. We pride ourselves on being the "heart and soul of Wanaka Airport" where all the local operators and tourists come for a bite before or after their flight or skydive. Glad you found time to come and hang out at our diner, thanks. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

I was hoping for more as a warbirds museum. What was there was good, just not enough of it. Probably 65% of the place is dedicated to cars, which would be good if that is what floats your boat. Not so for me. Found the aero engine displays interesting and the histories of planes and pilots, and did like looking... More 

Thank Nick F

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