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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 compulsory visit on the Itinerary.

The passion of the exhibitors of a variety of exceptional vintage cars and a few aircraft is palpable as the visitor walks around the exhibition hall . Upstairs is an art gallery... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2016
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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59 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

The passion of the exhibitors of a variety of exceptional vintage cars and a few aircraft is palpable as the visitor walks around the exhibition hall . Upstairs is an art gallery to appease the art lover . A small fee helps with the upkeep . A souvenir shop is available and a restaurant to satisfy the appetite. There is... More 

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

Hi, thanks for taking the time to review us, we appreciate it. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. Many thanks from the team. More 

Wanaka, New Zealand
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

If you like cars then this is the place for you. I love it - many cars of the 30's, especially Packards

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Thank MSE80
General M, General Manager at Warbirds & Wheels, responded to this review

Thanks for the review MSE80. We're glad you liked our collection of over 30 classic cars. We pride ourselves on our amazing collection of rare American classics from the 1930s to the 50s. It's certainly a car lovers dream ! thanks again. More 

Wanaka, New Zealand
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133 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Checking out local aviation history, incredible cars mixed with art is a must do when you're in Wanaka. Exceeded any expectations and was a great way to spend some time looking at some informative and incredible displays. Great coffee in the cafe attached with cheese rolls.

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

Thanks snowlightbox for the review. We are incredibly proud of our amazing collection of classic cars, Warbirds planes, art and Sir Tim Wallis story. Great to see you tried our famous cheese rolls too. It's our favourite too. Thanks again. More 

Mandurah, Australia
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156 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

A good drive from Queenstown to Wanaka and high expectations of "warbirds" left me a little flat with the limited number of aircraft. This however was soon forgotten once we turned the corner to the car museum to see my real passion, The Dusenberg, Packards, Cadillac, Lincoln and other desirable classic cars are world class and a credit to the... More 

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

Hi LuxuryLoverWA, thanks for the great review. The passion of our directors is aviation but it is the cars that win their hearts too. Our collection of cars including the Duesey and Packards, Lincolns etc are possibly the best collection outside the USA in terms of their condition and rare nature. thanks again for reviewing. More 

Canberra, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 13 April 2016

We have visited quite a few similar collections over the years but this one was impressive - very interesting exhibits of a high standard & well supported with information & DVDs, but not so large as to be overwhelming. We spent a couple of hours here on a weekday morning & almost had the place to ourselves.

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

Hi chrisWC55, thanks for the review. Glad you were as pleased with our collection as we are. There are some amazing and rare cars within our exhibit and we pride ourselves on our quality over quantity. Thanks again for taking time to review. More 

Whangarei, New Zealand
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016

We visited Warbirds & Wheels on the busiest weekend of their year – the the spectacular Warbirds over Wanaka airshow. The museum staff were wonderful, ready to answer questions about exhibits and happy to hear stories from visitors despite being so busy. A highlight was hearing a Packard engine being started. What a great idea to have the engine mounted... More 

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

Hi Fran L, thanks for the review. Wow you were lucky to be there when the Packard engine was started up. it's pretty impressive and loud ! We keep our exhibit fresh and rotate our cars so there is always something new to look at. We're pleased to have some of the best classic cars outside the USA in Wanaka.... More 

Invercargill, New Zealand
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

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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 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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.

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Sunshine Coast, Australia
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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85 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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.

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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 

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