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Warbirds & Wheels

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Address: 11 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-443 7010
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Our world-class visitor attraction showcases a collection of Warbirds...

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.

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Display was great with mixture of wheels and wings

I feel we were spoilt with seeing Motorworld in Invercargill first! Great seeing these war planes on display though. It didn't take long to go through displays and I felt the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Helensvale, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The kids and hubby loved this place. The collection of cars and planes was great and the care with which they were presented was admirable. A great place to visit.

Thank 435melinam
Helensvale, Australia
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46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I feel we were spoilt with seeing Motorworld in Invercargill first! Great seeing these war planes on display though. It didn't take long to go through displays and I felt the charge was a bit steep for what we saw in comaprison to other places.

Thank DondeaB
Christchurch, New Zealand
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132 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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!! :)

Perth, Australia
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102 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Grabman
Management response:

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! More 

Pensacola, Florida
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112 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank CyberDawg
Management response:

Hi, thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed our museum, the cars are very photogenic! More 

Rangiora, New Zealand
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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... More 

Thank Jim333
Sydney, Australia
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54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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

Thank jOHN5H
Auckland, New Zealand
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40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

Thank grh55
Management response:

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! More 

Wollongong, Australia
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 11 March 2017

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

Thank 61ColinFraser
Management response:

Hello, thank you for your review! We're happy to share our prized pieces with you and all the knowledge we have! More 

Deloraine, Australia
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57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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

Thank HLE-94
Management response:

Hi, thank you for your review! Although small we do take pride in the quality of our exhibits, so thank you for noticing. More 

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