Warbirds Over Wanaka - New Zealand

Warbirds over Wanaka is a biennial air show in Wanaka, held on the Easter weekend of even-numbered years since 1986.  Hotels around Wanaka are usually booked well in advance (two years ahead).

A large contingent of historic and contemporary aircraft of note from all over New Zealand and the world converge on Wanaka each second Easter for the air show.

The mainstays of the display have traditionally been the aircraft from Sir Tim’s Alpine Fighter Collection, based at the New Zealand Fighter Pilots’ Museum.

At Easter on the alternate (odd) years a similar air show is held at Omaka air field in Blenheim in the northern South Island, under the title of Classic Fighters. Its emphasis is on World War I aircraft including as many as seven Fokker Dr.I triplanes. Also on alternate (odd) years Wings over Wairarapa airshow is held at Hood Aerodrome, Masterton, in the North Island.

“Taxiing action after the mass flight” by Dino Borelli. CC2


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