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“PRETTY GOOD, BUT IF LOCAL TO CHCH - IT CAME FROM WIGRAM ANYWAY”
Review of Warbirds & Wheels

Warbirds & Wheels
Ranked #24 of 74 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.
Christchurch, New Zealand
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132 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“PRETTY GOOD, BUT IF LOCAL TO CHCH - IT CAME FROM WIGRAM ANYWAY”
Reviewed 18 April 2017

We are lucky enough to have Wigram just down the road and it's free. The planes were on display/loaned from Wigram so no thrill for us. The old cars and diner were cool, but we mostly loved the rather sparse and unloved looking part of the museum with the Wearable Arts display!! :)

Visited April 2017
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Wow! What a display..”
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

This is an amazing display of auto history and memorabilia. The Dusenberg is just sensational, one of a kind. Classic cars at every turn and great info on each.

Visited April 2017
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, Front Office Manager at Warbirds & Wheels, responded to this review, 18 April 2017
Hi, thank you for your raving review! We're glad you loved the cars as much as we do! Hope to see you again soon!
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Pensacola, Florida
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112 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Cars were more interesting than the aircraft”
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Aviation history focused on New Zealand military pilots and airplanes. There were several aircraft to look at with a lot of information to read. There was a number of finely preserved old automobiles which were fun to look at and photograph. Probably not worth the $20 NZ entry fee.

Visited March 2017
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, Front Office Manager at Warbirds & Wheels, responded to this review, 18 April 2017
Hi, thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed our museum, the cars are very photogenic!
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Rangiora, New Zealand
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Well presented exhibits.”
Reviewed 22 March 2017

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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32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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