Warbirds Over Wanaka


Fri 15th - Sun 17 Apr 2022

Wanaka Airport
State Highway 6

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Ticketing: NZMCA Members

Parking site

Criffel Station Mount Barker Road
New Zealand

Featuring more than 70 classic & modern fighter aircraft!

Warbirds Over Wanaka is famous for attracting a wide variety of privately owned Warbird aircraft along with their modern-day counterparts from the RNZAF, RAAF, USAF and French Air Force.

While the aircraft are the main focus of our event, there are a lot of other displays on the ground which have made this show so successful over the past 33 years. The amazing pyrotechnics, the Warhorse re-enactor groups, the aircraft for sale and other exhibitors will be back to make 2022 a truly unforgettable experience for everyone.

History of the Airshow

In 1988 aviation entrepreneur Sir Tim Wallis shared his passion for Warbirds and Classic Aircraft with the public by creating an Airshow that is now a biennial centre piece of Central Otago’s tourist attractions. The first airshow and country fair attracted 14,000 visitors to Wanaka Airport.

Delighted with this success, he decided to expand on the theme and hold a biennial event over the long Easter weekend. As the show grew so did its support and now around 50,000 people make the pilgrimage to Wanaka for their weekend of excitement.

Now acclaimed as the largest Warbird Airshow in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the world's top four Warbird airshows, we will be celebrating 34 years of operating Airshows in 2022.

Certified Self Contained Parking for Motorcaravans

Make an awesome weekend of it at Criffel Station - the best views!

Continuing a tradition established over 20 years ago, Criffel Station is thrilled to work closely with NZMCA to accommodate NZMCA members for Warbirds Over Wanaka 2022. As in previous years, Criffel Station offers exclusive 3-day parking on the Criffel Station Terrace.

The Criffel Station Terrace - Get your tickets NOW

Please note: Regardless of what vehicle type you own - motorhome, campervan, caravan, fifth wheelers etc - you cannot move during the festival period - this INCLUDES tow vehicles. Criffel is a working farm, so you cannot use your parked vehicles once parked.

Criffel Station is well known for its spectacular views. The elevated Criffel Station Terraces provide one of the best panoramic views of the Wanaka airfield and all the action below and above. However, Criffel Station is a working deer farm, so there are important details to note about our Terrace Parking:

  • Casual access to the terrace is not permitted therefore, all vehicles must be self-sustainable. There are no facilities provided.
  • To gain admittance to the Criffel Station Terrace on day of check-in we will require each Motorhome to have proof of 1 x Terrace Parking Pass, 1 x NZMCA membership and all occupants must have a Warbirds Over Wanaka 3 day pass.
  • Access to the airfield from the terrace can be gained via a rough stock track down the face of the terrace and we will also provide shuttle service. However, most guests find the best location to enjoy the airshow is from the raised platform of the terrace.
  • Criffel Station and Warbirds Over Wanaka are committed to sustainability and minimizing the impact of the airshow on our local environment. Therefore, the sum of $1 will be donated to WAI Wanaka on your behalf by Criffel Station. Subsequently, this amount will be matched $ for $ by the Warbirds Over Wanaka Community Trust. The total raised will go towards local projects that work to protect and enhance Wanaka’s waterways.

Please note this parking option is for NZMCA members ONLY. To purchase your parking pass and airshow tickets, CLICK HERE