Frequently Asked Questions

Accommodation   Air Display   Bars & Alcohol   Camping   Car Parking & Vehicles   Children's Area   Commentary   Complaints & Feedback   Disabled Assistance   Entertainment   Gates   Gold Pass Area   Health & Safety and First Aid  Hurricane Tim Marquee  Local Attractions   Lost Children & Property   Media   Merchandise   Money   Photography   Pilots   Private Aircraft   Programmes   Prohibited Items   RNZAF   Shuttle Buses & Transfers   Silver Pass Area   Sir Tim Wallis   Static Displays   Taxiway Walkway   Terms & Conditions   Tickets   Titanium Pass   Toilets   Tour Groups   Trade Stands   Veteran's Marquee   VIP/Hospitality Area   Water   Weather   Where can I buy.... 

These FAQs will be updated for our 2024 Airshow as the programme is finalised


Is there accommodation still available over the Airshow period in Wanaka?
Warbirds Over Wanaka does not provide accommodation but Lake Wanaka Tourism will assist with available accommodation. Please visit www.lakewanaka.co.nz or email hello@wanaka.co.nz  Most years there has been accommodation available in Wanaka right up until the Airshow. The Wanaka i-Site will check out accommodation in Queenstown, Cromwell or Alexandra for you. 

Air Display

What time will the air display run from?
10.00am – 4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

What is happening in the Air Display?
See official programme or HERE for details.

What happens on Friday, the practice day?
All stalls and Static displays are open to the public. No official flying programme, practice sessions only for the air display team. Practise times are:

10.00 am – 12.00 noon and 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Is the Air Display the same on Saturday and Sunday?
Saturday is exactly the same as the Sunday programme.  Sunday though is often less busier than Saturday and easier to move around and see exhibits.

Bars and Alcohol

There is one bar at the Airshow, beside the Hurricane Tim marquee, on the flightline. The bar will open at 10.00am until 5.00pm.

There will be Craft Beer and local wines available at a small number of Brewery stands both in the central Food Court area and in the Silver Pass area.

May I take my alcohol to the public viewing area?
No – all alcohol must be bought and consumed within the area marked out around the bar.


What campsites are there in Wanaka?

Can I stay in my campervan in the car park?

There is NO camping on the airfield or in the car parks. Please see list above of Holiday Parks and Motor Camps to book in your campervan. 

Where can I camp near the Airshow?

Terrace Area above the Airport for NZCMA Campervans: If you become or are members of the NZ Motorhome and Caravan Assn you may park on the terrace overlooking the airshow – you must be self-contained and you must stay there for the 3 days of the airshow (shuttles from the Airport can take you to/from Wanaka).  This area has now reached capacity and is sold out. Check out the other camping options in and around Wanaka. 

Car Parking & Vehicles

Where is the Titanium, Gold Pass and Hurricane Tim parking?
Titanium, Gold pass and Hurricane Tim ticket holders parking is located in Car Park B (Gate 5) and Car Park C accessed through Gate 2. See Map  Warbirds-Over-Wanaka-Site-Map.pdf

I am an exhibitor, where should I park my trailer/car?
Exhibitors are allowed to park one car and trailer in the Crossfire Car park. They are not allowed to park them inside the Airshow. You must show your pass.

Can I stay in my car and watch the Airshow from the car park?
No. Please inform Security if you see this happening. Exceptions are made in the Disabled Car Park where people need to be close to their car for medical reasons.

Can I bring my vehicle into the Airshow grounds?
No.  No exceptions. 

How much does parking cost?
Parking around the Airshow is free. You may only use Airshow parking if you are going to the Airshow.

May I leave my dog in my car?
No. Dogs are NOT allowed in the car parks or at the Airport. This is for their own safety and yours. 

Is the ground in the car parks OK for campervans parking during the day?
The car parks are paddocks, however we do our best to fill in rabbit holes and large bumps or potholes. We have used these paddocks previously and not experienced any problems. As per our Terms and Conditions of ticket sales you do park at your own risk.

Can I stay in my campervan in the car park?
There is NO camping on the airfield or in the car parks. Please see the camping section in FAQ's for a list of Holiday Parks and Motor Camps to book in your campervan.


Children’s Area

Where is the children’s area?
It is located by the Sky Dive hangar at the South end of the Airshow. See the site map HERE.

What facilities are available for babies and parents/caregivers?
The Plunket tent is available to all parents/caregivers with small tamariki and babies. It is a safe space, a home away from home. It has a nappy change area, it's a feeding space and will be fenced off to make it a more secure safe zone for you all.

What is in the Children’s area?
Ms Monarch Face Painting, Bouncing Bungee, Balloon Modelling, Barrel Plane

What crèche facilities are available?
If you require babysitting services within the Wanaka area you may try Lake Wanaka Babysitting or Project Nanny


Who are the commentators?
Jim Hickey, Grant Stewart and Craig 'Ferg' Ferguson.


Complaints and Feedback

I have a complaint or feedback, what can I do?
Please go to the Warbirds Over Wanaka Event office and request to fill in a feedback / complaint form and leave it at the office to be actioned.

Disabled Assistance

Where is the disabled car parking?
Disabled car parking is located in Car Park A. It is accessed through Gate 4. You MUST have a mobility sticker, please place it on your car to assist security.

How do I register for Disabled assistance?
If you require assistance, please fill in the form here. A map and further details of what is available will be sent to you closer to the event.

Is there any transport assistance from the Gate to the stands?
Yes, disabled transport is provided with golf buggies that will run continuously on 15 – 20 minute loops from Car Park A and Car Park C to the Titanium, Gold and Silver Stands. Disabled transport is available on request through the Warbirds Over Wanaka office for the Veterans Tent, the Shuttle Bus stop and the main gate.  Stopping points will be specified on the site map.

Can I hire a wheelchair or scooter?
Yes, Wheelchairs and Scooters and potentially other mobility equipment are available for hire.

Wheelchairs and Scooters and potentially other mobility equipment are available for hire through More Mobility Ltd.  They will be taking bookings in advance and may also have limited equipment available at the event.

To discuss your specific needs and make a booking, please contact:

More Mobility Ltd
0800 666 222 within New Zealand

I am elderly, find it difficult to walk long distances but am not classified disabled, where can I park?

As per above - please register using the form.

I have difficulty climbing stairs – are there stairs on the grandstand?
Yes, there are approximately 8 steps to the first row of seating. We will rope off the first two rows of steps for people who can tackle only a few stairs. Limited seating on the grass will also be available at the fence line within the Gold and Silver Pass areas for those who cannot tackle stairs. Volunteers will be available to assist.

Once seated in the grandstand, how do I get a coffee or snack?
If the Volunteers on hand have time they will assist you. Please catch their attention and they may go and buy a coffee / snack for you.

Disabled Viewing Area
A viewing area for wheelchairs is a roped off area in the Gold and Silver Pass area.

Where are the disabled toilets situated?
There are disabled toilets situated in the Titanium area, Gold Pass area, outside the Silver Pass area, by the main Food stall area and in the Children’s area. There is also a disabled toilet in the Warbirds and Wheels attraction should you be entering or using the Café.


What entertainment is on during the day?
Watch our website for entertainment as it is announced and buy a printed programme, available at the gates or merchandise marquees.


What time do the gates open/close?
Gates open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7.30 am and close at approximately 5.00pm.

What am I allowed to bring in to the Airshow?

  • Deck chairs

  • Rugs

  • Water Bottles

  • Baby’s foods

What am I NOT allowed to bring in to the Airshow?

  • UAVs or Drones (it is illegal to fly drones with 5 kms of any Airport)

  • Alcohol or illicit drugs

  • Fireworks, lasers, flares or flashlights

  • Dogs or any Animals (excluding seeing eye guide dogs) 

  • Chilly Bins

Once I have entered the Airshow, can I go out and come in again?
Pass outs are allowed, please ensure you get a stamp on your hand (from the gate staff) which will allow you back in.

What passes are accepted on the gates?
Paper tickets, self printed tickets, lanyard swing tickets and tickets on mobile phones.

Gold Pass Area

I am a Gold Pass holder, where do I go?
The Gold Pass marquee is located in the central area of the Airshow. See the map marked Gold. When you arrive, make your way there, you will be greeted by the Gold Pass team of Volunteers. Please then make your way to the Gold Pass grandstand and find a seat. Seating is not allocated. If you have difficulty finding a seat, please inform the volunteer team who will assist you.

Where can I get my pack and lanyard?
The Gold pass ticket holders can exchange their Gold paper ticket for their pack and lanyard upon entering the Gold Pass marquee. One per person, you will be ticked off the list. Your lanyard can be used as your pass out if required. 

What is included in my pack?

  • Jute eco Warbirds branded bag

  • Welcome Letter

  • Badge

  • Cap

  • Programme

  • Gold lanyard and ticket

  • Promotional material

Is there food available in the Gold Pass marquee?

Yes, food is available at an additional cost.

What other Gold Pass privileges are available?

  • Free tea, coffee and water

  • Flightline visit on Saturday or Sunday morning from 8.45am to 9.30am.

I am not happy about something, where can I provide feedback / lodge a complaint?
Talk to your Gold Pass host inside the Gold Pass marquee or any of our team who will either solve it then or give you a feedback form or take a note of your complaint and let the Warbirds Over Wanaka Event office know.

Health & Safety and First Aid

All of the Warbirds Over Wanaka team, our contractors and exhibitors operate under the 'Health & Safety at Work Act 2015' and we have a designated H&S operator on site at all times to oversee and manage this area.

We kindly ask for your support on this matter to ensure we continue to operate a safe and enjoyable event for all parties. Please report any issues, incidents or accidents witnessed to a member of the crew or management team immediately at the Airshow. The event office is located in the portacom at the main entrance gate, marked '1' on our site map.

St John's can be found at four locations at the Airshow and are on site for the entire weekend to respond to any medical issues. Please familiarise yourself with these locations on arrival at the Airshow on the large maps provided at each gateway or on the back of your Warbirds Official printed programme.

The main Evacuation muster locations are Car Park A and the Crossfire car park across from the main entrance gate.

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Hurricane Tim Marquee

This hospitality option is situated on the flightline, offering guests a great spot to watch all the action. Hurricane Tim tickets are limited to a maximum of 350 on each of the Saturday and Sunday. You will enjoy comfortable seating options right in the thick of the action. Each ticket includes entry to the Airshow, all day tea, coffee and water, lunch from the BBQ Grill plus morning and afternoon tea along with access to a cash bar.  Pass outs are allowed, please ensure you get a stamp on your hand (from the gate staff) which will allow you back in.

Local Attractions

What happened to the Fighter Pilots Museum?
It closed in 2010 and many of the artifacts were returned to their owners. Some items were sent to the RNZAF Museum at Wigram in Christchurch.

Can I access the Toy and Transport museum from the Airshow?
No, there is no direct access from the Airshow to the Toy and Transport Museum, however it is open for business.

Lost Children and Property

Where do I take / find lost children?
All children should be escorted to the Children’s area and the facilitator on duty there should be notified (check at Plunket tent if you can't find the facilitator). They will inform the Warbirds Event Office of the name and approximate age of the child so they can advise the commentators.

Where is lost property?
Any found items should be taken to the Warbirds Over Wanaka Event office near the main gate. Lost property queries should be directed to the Warbirds Event office.


I am accredited media, where do I go?
Please go to the Media Centre where you will be provided with your briefing and personalised pass. There is a media platform located next to the Gold Stand for accredited media only. Park in the Crossfire car park by showing your media pass.


Where can I buy Warbirds Over Wanaka merchandise?
Official merchandise is on sale from two merchandise outlets at the Airshow. They are located by the Silver Pass stand and the Gold Pass stand.


Where can I buy a DVD for the 2024 Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow?
The 2024 Warbirds Over Wanaka official video will be available to download, along with videos from previous years, following the airshow
keep and eye on our website... 



Can I get cash out at the Airshow?
No, there will be no ATM machines at the airshow, so we encourage you to bring plenty of cash.  Not all stalls will accept Eftpos. Cash and Eftpos are accepted at the gates and in the merchandise stalls.


Can I take photos or video footage?
Yes, for private use only. Any commercial footage required needs to be negotiated with Warbirds Management prior to the Airshow. We have our own DVD camera team and official photographers and no others are entitled to take photos or film for commercial use. Media need to apply for a Media Pass HERE.   Please see our Terms and Conditions on the website.


Is there an opportunity to meet and greet any pilots?
Titanium and Gold Pass holders will have the opportunity to meet and greet pilots when they walk the flightline. Otherwise go to the DVD/Autograph marquee beside the main merchandise marquee and they will advise when pilots will be present.  Also go to the RD Petroleum Aircraft Display area and chat to any pilot over the fence, who might be available, beside their aircraft.

Private Aircraft

I am arriving in a private aircraft/helicopter, where can I drop off / park / buy tickets?
Private aircraft can drop off individuals at the Private Aircraft Parking area which is beyond Car Park A (see Map) On Airshow days. Please refer to full information here.

I am arriving in a private jet, where can I drop off / park / buy tickets?
Tarmac parking is available for jets however you must notify us on info@warbirdsoverwanaka.co.nz or Dave Lumsden on +64 21 768 763 prior, to ensure we have room.

Private jets must arrive before 9.30am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They can leave after 4.00pm on Friday, and 4.30 – 5.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.


Official airshow programmes are available at each gate for $10.00 or at the merchandise marquees.

Prohibited Items

  • UAVs or Drones (drones are prohibited by law within 5 kms of any Airport)

  • Fireworks, lasers, flares or flashlights

  • Chilly bins

  • Alcohol and illicit drugs

  • Dogs or any animals (excluding seeing eye dogs)


Where is the RNZAF display?
Their display is located at the East end of the Airshow (see site map).

Shuttle Buses & Transfers

Please refer to our Directions and Transport Page for updated information.

Silver Pass Area

Is the Silver Pass stand covered?
No, so please remember your sun hats, sun block and jackets for all weather.

I am a Silver Pass holder, what should I expect when I arrive?
When you arrive, make your way to the Silver Pass area. You will be greeted by the Silver Pass team of Volunteers who will request to see your ticket, once your ticket has been sighted please make your way into the Silver Pass grandstand and find a seat. Seating is not allocated. If you have difficulty finding a seat, please inform the volunteer team who will assist you. You can swap your 3 day paper ticket for a 3 day plastic ticket and lanyard at the Silver Pass stand.  Pass out stamps are available for those purchasing a one day pass.  If you have a 3 day Silver Pass your lanyard can be used for a pass out.

Static Displays

What and where are the Static displays at the Airshow?
See our Airshow programme page.  Also see aircraft in the RD Petroleum Aircraft park.

Who can I ask about the displays?
All displays will have Facilitators nearby so please feel free to ask them any questions. If they don’t know the answer they will try and find out for you.

Can I get access to the flight display line?
Not unless you have an airside pass. Titanium and Gold pass holders can gain access as part of their package between 9.00 – 9.30am on Sat and Sun morning.

Taxiway Walkway

The taxiway walkway gate will open at 10am and will be opened and closed throughout the day, depending on aircraft movements, until 3.30pm. The taxiway gateway provides direct access from the Silver Pass stand area to the rest of the Airshow. Aircraft will need to move in and out of the tarmac parking hence the monitored gateway to prevent people and planes from mixing in the wrong way! Please be patient! If you do not want to wait for the taxiway gate you can walk around the back of the tarmac and hangars to access the rest of the Airshow.

Terms & Conditions

On purchasing a ticket you will be deemed to have read the purchase Terms and Conditions on HERE 


Can I buy tickets at the Gate?
Both Saturday and Sunday of the 2024 airshow are sold out and there will be no gate sales


How do I pre-purchase tickets?
Tickets can be bought by calling 0800 842 538 or international visitors 0064 4 384 3840 or by going through our website https://www.warbirdsoverwanaka.com

If you are standing in a queue you can book tickets online via your mobile phone and they will be emailed to you. Go directly to the gate once you have received them and they will scan your barcode and let you in. Tickets may also be purchased from the i-Site in Wanaka township.


How much are tickets?

Two prices – Online or Gate Sales, refer to our Tickets section

Under 5 goes free (child must sit on adult's knee in Silver and Gold stand unless a seat is purchased)

Up to 16 years pay child price on General Admission tickets only.

All children (0-16 years) are FREE on Friday 29th March 2024

Are tickets transferable and / or refundable?
No, tickets cannot be transferred to different days and are not refundable.

I can no longer attend the Airshow, can I give my ticket to someone else?
Yes, we will not check names against the tickets upon entry.

I have a 3 day pass and/or a paper ticket (Gold, Silver or GA), where can I exchange it for my lanyard?

  • Gold tickets can be exchanged for a Gold lanyard at the Gold marquee.

  • Silver 3 day tickets can be exchanged for a Silver lanyard at the Silver Pass marquee.

  • GA tickets 3 days can be exchanged for a lanyard at the Warbirds Event office opposite the main airport gate.

What is the best day to come?
Saturday is our busiest day however the Sunday programme is exactly the same as Saturday and it is often easier to move around and see exhibits.

Titanium Pass

I am a Titanium Pass holder, where do I go?
As our exclusive pass holders you have the ultimate in luxury at the Airshow. You are in a marquee situated directly in front of the runway with an outside seating area. Go to the marquee beside the taxiway, near the end of the Gold Pass stand.  

Where can I get my pack and lanyard?
At the Titanium marquee entrance.  As a Titanium Pass holder you can use your lanyard as your pass out if required.

What is included in my pack?

  • Jute eco Warbirds branded bag

  • Welcome letter

  • Titanium cap

  • Badge

  • Programme

  • Titanium lanyard

  • Promotional material

What other Titanium Pass privileges are available?

  • Continental breakfast from 7.30am, morning and afternoon teas, lunch, great wines and beer from 9am to 4pm.

  • Flightline visit on Saturday or Sunday morning from 8.45am to 9.30am.

  • Your wait staff will assist you at your table throughout the Airshow.

  • This area has its own facilities with Wi-Fi and closed circuit television to watch the Airshow whilst partaking in local specialties.

  • In addition Titanium Pass holders will have the opportunity to mingle with pilots in your marquee and get autographs.

  • If travelling on your own you will also have Priority parking and will be transported to the Titanium Pass enclosure if required. If you require a buggy to go somewhere at the Airshow please ask your hostess.


Where are the toilets?
There are plenty of clean toilets located around the Airshow, see the site map.

Tour Groups

I am part of a tour bus group, where can I find my bus?
Buses are parked near Gate 3.

Trade Stands

What time will the stands be open?
Market Stalls, Food Stalls and Aviation Trade stands will be open from 8.00am until 4.00pm. The Wine stalls will be open from 10.00am to 4pm.

Where can I find the Trade Stands?
Aviation Trade stands and Market Stalls are located in and around the flightline. Please see the programme or your list of exhibitors for exact locations. Food and Wine Stalls are near the center of the airfield and in the Silver Pass area, also some at the Main gate. RNZAF stalls are located in the RNZAF area.

Veteran's Marquee

I would like to register as a veteran, what do I do?

At Warbirds Over Wanaka we acknowledge all those who have served, however we will no longer be a hosting a Veteran's marquee.

We do have a special opportunity for Veterans over 85 (or close to!) - the chance for a complimentary flight in a Tiger Moth with Peter from NZ Flying Adventures. All flights are subject to weather. Flights can be arranged for after the Airshow on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and all day Monday. Contact Peter Hendriks 0272209279 or info@nzflyingadventures.com 

A visitor’s book will be available for you to sign which will be located in our Information Marquee.


VIP / Hospitality Area

I am trying to find the VIP tent, where is it and when does it open?
The VIP tents are located next to the Gold pass area and open at 9.00am and close at 4.00pm.

Where should I park as a VIP?
VIPs can park in the Crossfire car park which is accessed from Mt. Barker Road.

I have a friend that I would like to take into the VIP area, is this possible?
This is only possible if it has been approved by, Ed Taylor (General Manager), Andrena Davis (Event Manager) or one of the Warbirds Trustees. Their name must be added to the list by one of these individuals.

Is it possible to get another VIP pass?
See above.

Can I bring my children to the VIP tent?
No, children are not allowed, this is a special day out for the adults.


Where can I refill my water bottle?

We have 3 water stations around the Airshow (refer to map) where you can refill your bottles.  We encourage you to bring your own bottle to reduce plastic waste.



If it rains on the days of the Airshow what will happen?
If possible Warbirds Over Wanaka 2024 will continue. There potentially may be delays. Please note tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. In saying this, if it is a total wash out, a decision in regard to refunds will be made depending on the circumstances and in accordance with NZ Law.

Where can I buy....

I want to buy some earmuffs for my children, where can I get them?
These will be available from the Mitre 10 marquee.

I want to buy food and drink, where do I go?
Go to the food area marked on the map. 

See list of food stall vendors for the options available.

Where can I find folding chairs?
At the Mitre 10 marquee.

Where can I find sunscreen?
This will be available in the Titanium, Gold and Silver Pass areas and the information area in the merchandise tents. The Mitre 10 marquee will also be selling sunscreen.