10, 11, 12 April 2020
Three days of high-octane aviation excitement at Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow over Easter weekend 2020 at Wanaka Airport, New Zealand. 2020 will be the 17th of this iconic internationally renowned Airshow. For more info on aircraft you can expect to see, click on www.warbirdsoverwanaka.com.
Sadly – due to the coronavirus outbreak – this event has been cancelled. More information here.
In 1988, aviation entrepreneur and pioneer Tim (now Sir Tim) Wallis presented an airshow and country fair that attracted 14,000 visitors to Wanaka airport.
With its overwhelming success and growth over the years, the show is now a biennial event over the long Easter weekend.
As the show grew, so did its support and aircraft attendance (national and international). The show now boasts around 50,000 spectators and is claimed to be the largest warbird airshow in the Southern Hemisphere. This is one event not to be missed!
The scenery this show is set in is spectacular! Renowned for its stunning mountains, lakes and wilderness, this natural amphitheatre provides a stunning backdrop for the Warbirds Over Wanaka airshow.
Over the years they’ve had the local and national warbirds favourites: a Hawker Hurricane, P-51 Mustangs, Spitfires, a Japanese Zero, one of the original Messerschmitt 109s from the “Battle of Britain” film, Russian Polikarpovs, Yak-3s, a Catalina, Corsair, Kittyhawks and more! Accompanying them were a range of WWI aircraft from Sopwith Camels and Pups, Bristols to Fokkers.
The WOW show also has a number of overseas invites from past eras and also current military aircraft from our own Air Force as well as other countries, including a Hawker Hunter, C-130 Hercules, Iroquois helicopters, F-111s, F-18s, Globemasters and more!
Along with the aircraft, organisers are also reviewing all the ground displays to ensure that 2020 presents an absolute must for everyone.