Warbirds over Wanaka
is a biennial air show
, held on the Easter weekend of even-numbered years. It is held at Wanaka Airport
, 10 km outside Wanaka village. Initially conceived by New Zealand live deer recovery pioneer, Sir Tim Wallis
, as a display day for him to play with his collection of World War II
aircraft, the show has grown into a major institution. Roads are closed and traffic is detoured around the area during the weekend. Hotels, motels and backpackers around Wanaka are usually booked well in advance (two years ahead). Accommodation is impossible to find if one does not have a booking.
In 2004, an international audience of 99,000 attended the show. The 10th Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow in 2006 was held during April 14–16. A record 111,000 people were estimated to have attended.
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. Numerous aviation
personalities from all over the world attend Warbirds over Wanaka, Gen Chuck Yeager
and Buzz Aldrin
being the most notable of recent times. The mainstays of the display have traditionally been the aircraft from Sir Tim's Alpine Fighter Collection
, based at the . However, this collection is currently (2006) in the process of being broken up. A new charitable trust has been established to run the event in the future.
The 2008 air show was held over the Weekend of March 21-23, celebrating the... Read More