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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, but high quality exhibits

The Warbirds section has few planes, but carefully selected to tell the story and supported by other exhibits and displays that add considerable interest. The "Wheels" are more... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 April 2016
Riverton, New Zealand
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Invercargill, New Zealand
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12 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

My husband loves war planes, so we were very excited to see the collection here, however very disappointed to pay $20 only to see about 6 planes. there were some cool cars on the other side of the shed, but the whole viewing took all of half hour with us taking our time. We dont believe we got good value... More 

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

Hi Bridget P. Sorry you didn't find value in our museum. We pride ourselves on having the best collection of american classic cars outside the USA, coupled with our Warbirds display, war history, Sir Tim Wallis Story, Wearable Arts room, print art room including the largest private collection of Grahame Sydney's artwork. Our guests easily spend up to three hours... More 

Riverton, New Zealand
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309 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

The Warbirds section has few planes, but carefully selected to tell the story and supported by other exhibits and displays that add considerable interest. The "Wheels" are more numerous, and are mostly very "upmarket" models in excellent condition, but telling no discernible story. There were two DVDs playing in the museum when I visited, one was of a previous Warbirds... More 

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

Thanks for the review. We pride ourselves on the quality and rare nature of our cars, each of which is selected because of its pristine condition, rare nature or uniqueness. Our Duesnberg is the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and was owned by the famous actress Carole Lombard. It was restored here in Wanaka and is... More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

A great place to visit for old aircraft and vehicles. Very interesting and could have spent more time there reading the various stories of the exhibits. well worth a visit.

Thank David S
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016

Good variety of aircraft and associated equipment as well as some well presented vehicles. Many your not going to see elsewhere. Good descriptive stories with each.

Thank Dave S
Auckland, New Zealand
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78 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

Cool things but seriously over priced to go in a view just a hanger with cars and a few planes in it.

Thank pennybell123
General M, General Manager at Warbirds & Wheels, responded to this review

Hi Pennybell123. Thanks for taking the time to review. sorry to hear you felt we were over priced. The uniqueness and rare nature of our cars appeals to car nuts and those that appreciate the 'artwork' of these amazing feats of engineering. The value of our collection and the maintenance to keep them pristine is quite high and we feel... More 

naples, fl
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68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

Wanaka is a small town with this really cool museum. While some are relatively modern by car standards it has what can only be call amazing like the 1934 Duisenberg which looks like it was made yesterday. Well worth a visit if only to bring back the memories of cars once owned. The warbird part was much smaller and wasn't... More 

Thank bigboofer
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

Well worth going to visit this museum. From the friendly informative welcome to the themed cafe it was just wonderful. The highlight was the most fabulous collection of cars, they were simply fabulous. I'm not really into cars, don't even drive but I was drooling!! Do not miss this place!!

Thank Barbara L
London, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

For such a small community this museum has a superb collection of cars and planes. The bi-annual event Warbirds Over Wanaka is a must see.

Thank idbgreen
New Lambton
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593 reviews
271 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

A bit of a warplanes tragic, I found the displays of the few planes fascinating,,plus lots of in depth info on NZ fighter pilots. Never really been a car buff, but my wife and I were absolutely enthralled and amazed by the beautifully restored and presented vintage cars. Like stepping back into Downtown Abbey and Al Capone movies etc. the... More 

Thank Gregory D
Kajang, Malaysia
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016 via mobile

Amazing cars in tip top condition. Great planes and a good history lesson. Would recommend to anybody who enjoys cars and planes.

Thank Syamel-Greatorex
General M, General Manager at Warbirds & Wheels, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. We're glad you appreciated the displays on offer. We're very lucky to have such an amazing collection of classic cars from 1914-1950s. This was THE era of car making in the US. Add to that our five planes, war history, rangefinders and guns etc and it makes for a great trip down memory lane for many.... More 

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