Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow is committed to sustainability.

Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow is committed to sustainability.

Over the years we have implemented a number of initiatives looking at how we can ensure the event is around for many more years to come, allowing future generations to enjoy the sheer thrill of an Airshow set in one of the world’s most stunning settings, while also making a significant contribution to the local community.

We acknowledge that being focussed on sustainability applies to all facets of our business. We need to make sure that our event is financially sustainable, we need to ensure that we play our part in bringing new pilots and aircraft owners into the Warbirds fold and we need to ensure that we are doing our best to minimise the impact on our environment.

Like all major events we appreciate we do create a carbon footprint and as a Community Trust we are committed to looking at ways we can reduce this.


Sustainability Commitment

Warbirds Over Wanaka has signed up to the ‘New Zealand Tourism Sustainability Commitment’. This involves our business working towards the 14 commitments aimed at economic, environmental, host community and visitor sustainability.

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Carbon Offset

Warbirds Over Wanaka is offering visitors to our Airshow the opportunity to make a $10 donation when they purchase their ticket to help offset the carbon cost of their journey to Wanaka. Airshow organisers will match these donations $ for $ from any airshow surplus.

The total money raised will go directly to a planting or other similar project aimed at protecting and enhancing Wanaka waterways and wider environment. In 2018 the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust made a $20,000 donation to the Wanaka Water Project which aims to plant 24,000 trees along Wanaka waterways over the next five years.  A team of Warbirds staff and volunteers backed up the donation by assisting to plant natives at the Glendhu Wetland Wildlife Refuge.


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Waste Reduction

Warbirds Over Wanaka works closely with its waste/recycling partner, Wanaka Wastebusters to divert as much waste as possible from landfill. Warbirds Over Wanaka has committed to working with its suppliers, exhibitors and vendors to find new areas where they can minimise their impact on the environment.

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Flying Scholarships

Warbirds Over Wanaka would not be the internationally-recognised event it was without the amazing talents of our pilots and the generosity of the aircraft owners who bring their aircraft to Wanaka.  In 2016 we launched the Warbirds Over Wanaka Flying Scholarships. Since then we have awarded eight $5,000 scholarships to enable up and coming Warbirds pilots to get valuable experience in Warbirds with the goal of getting them to airshow display standard.  The scholarships have been used to give the recipients valuable flying time and enabled type-ratings in various aircraft including the Spitfire, the P-40 Kittyhawk and Harvard.


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2016 Winners Michael Williams & Andy Love            2017 Winners Adam Butcher & Ryan Southam


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2018 Winners Bevan Dewes and Dan Pezaro         2019 Winners Lachlan Falconer and Glenn Drower


Electric Vehicles

Thanks to funding from the Lion Foundation, Warbirds Over Wanaka now has two x 6-seater electric golf carts to transport disabled visitors around the event. The vehicles have no emissions, are quiet and are much easier for disabled people to get on and off.

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Warbirds Over Wanaka is looking to widen its merchandise line-up with sustainability in mind. We offer a stylish souvenir cotton tote bag to carry all your Airshow purchases and you’ll be able to reuse it over and over again. The second is a handy Warbirds reusable cup. Both these items are available for purchase at the airshow and anytime from our online shop. 

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