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“Well presented exhibits.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Warbirds & Wheels

Warbirds & Wheels
Ranked #26 of 73 things to do in Wanaka
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Rangiora, New Zealand
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Well presented exhibits.”
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'd been keen to visit this museum and found a gap in my schedule. So off I went. The 'marker' for this museum is an aircraft (L 39 ?) on a pedestal. It looks tatty and dirty and is not attractive yet not representative of the indoors exhibits. Inside there is a sparsely stocked shop and a small cafe. The museum is laid out in 3 distinct areas, the warbirds, wheels (mainly cars) and upstairs the Sir Tim Wallis display. There is also a gallery for art displays etc. Well laid out with adequate space between exhibits, clean and well maintained. Given however that the title is Warbirds and Wheels tha range of aircraft on display was somewhat disappointing, SE 5a, Hurricane, Vampire, Strikemaster and A4 giving a very restricted view of NZs military aircraft history. Some great and quite rare cars, many from the US and most in excellent condition, some really good photo opportunities. Overall disappointing in scope but what they did have was good. Surprised at no Spitfire , given Tim Wallis' history.

Visited March 2017
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Sydney, Australia
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53 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great show of old warplanes”
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Even viewing the Warbirds from Lake Wanaka was a very special experience.
Best place to view was the side of the lake

Visited August 2016
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Auckland, New Zealand
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40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Interesting but not a lot to see”
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The displays were very well presented and very informative but the display is very small.
In saying that it was still very enjoyable and the cafe is worth a visit, very nice food.

Visited March 2017
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, Front Office Manager at Warbirds & Wheels, responded to this review, 6 days ago
Hi, thank you for your review. Our museum is small, with 30 classic cars and 5 planes so we try our best to give as much information as possible. Glad you enjoyed our diner, we like the food too!
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Wollongong, Australia
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“The rarity and quality of the cars”
Reviewed 11 March 2017

There were rare cars on immaculate condition with excellent placarding to explain their history and mechanical details

Visited March 2017
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, Front Office Manager at Warbirds & Wheels, responded to this review, 6 days ago
Hello, thank you for your review! We're happy to share our prized pieces with you and all the knowledge we have!
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Deloraine, Australia
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57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good”
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Was very nice and well presented cars but was expecting a bit more to look at. What was there was a very high standard though

Visited March 2017
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, Front Office Manager at Warbirds & Wheels, responded to this review, 6 days ago
Hi, thank you for your review! Although small we do take pride in the quality of our exhibits, so thank you for noticing.
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