Warbirds over Wanaka is a biennial airshow held in Wanaka, in the Southern Lakes region of the South Island of New Zealand, held in even numbered years (2022, 2024) during Easter weekend.
Warbirds is the creation of Sir Tim Wallis and has grown from a small display of WWII aircraft through to a major display featuring a large collection of both historic and contemporary aircraft and aviation personalities from all over New Zealand and the world. The Royal New Zealand Airforce traditionally attend and perform aerial displays over the cities of Christchurch and Dunedin on their way to the show. Recent years have seen visits from the Australian, French and American Air Forces.
As well as formation flying and acrobatic displays, there is also skydiving, mock dogfights, military enactments, flypasts and vintage car displays.
We’ve been visitors to Warbirds since 2016 and it’s always one of the most popular trips on our calendar, here are some of our own images from Warbirds over Wanaka in 2018.