Warbirds over Wanaka 2020

Warbirds over Wanaka 2020

Postby DaveBr on Mon 09 Dec 2019, 11:42 am

We're travelling to New Zealand in March/April and including a long weekend at Wanaka for the airshow. Will be attending the show Fri/Sat/Sun and also going back into town for the Friday afternoon lake side show. I've already booked accommodation in Wanaka and Gold Pass tickets for the airshow.

Although the Gold Pass includes grandstand this doesn't necessarily mean it's the best place for viewing/photography or that I'll want to spend the whole weekend in the same location. I'm wondering therefore whether anyone who has been to Wanaka before can offer any tips or insights into the showground layout, best places to be at various times of day or any other general advice?



Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2020

Postby Andyph on Fri 13 Dec 2019, 1:27 am

Hi Dave,

Good for You,

The gold pass area is excellent - I'd maybe spend a day at the eastern end of the runway for a day - right where they hold. or you can watch from outside at near the same point

Thursday is a great day outside - Friday has surprising few movements - go the the north side of the lake I'd suggest for the Catalina on the evening gig.

If it is your thing we went up Rob Roy Glacier during Friday and back to the lake for the show.

I'd also consider a day at Queenstown airport - eastern end if you are a photographer- especially if some good stuff is flying from there -

RAAF Hornets booked - Nice.

And if you want to do some avaition tourism - Mount Cook Skiplanes is the way to go on a porter!



Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2020

Postby DaveBr on Fri 13 Dec 2019, 1:58 pm

Interesting stuff, thanks Andy.

I'd be OK with skipping the airfield on Friday were it not for the prospect of seeing the P-40 fire its guns on the ground. That's gotta be worth seeing!

Good reminder on the glacier flights. We definitely need to consider that.

Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2020

Postby GeorgeP on Thu 26 Dec 2019, 10:44 am

Andy has pretty-much summed it up, however, if the prevailing winds are from the west(ish), be prepared for the Catalina to approach from right over the township. When I was there in 2018 we were sat on the lake shore at approx. the Edgewater Hotel and were too far away. The Catalina came in from the east, over the centre of Pembroke Park and onto the water. The best position would have been somewhere in the vicinity of the That Wanaka Tree and around to McDougall St. Be sure of the wind direction and then choose your spot. SW side of the lake is probably better for sun position at that time of the day, too.

Good luck and I hope you enjoy the show and the gorgeous scenery.


Melbourne, Australia.

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Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2020

Postby ErrolC on Fri 10 Jan 2020, 7:44 pm

Just checking if you can be in Auckland on Sunday 15th March?
http://rnzaf.proboards.com/thread/28242 ... 20-ardmore
Are you planning on visiting NZ Warbirds at some point? I doubt all of their WW1 replicas will make it to Wanaka, and you can walk right up to all of their aircraft when taking a tour.

Also, TVAL generally have pilot training weekends at Masterton last weekend of the month. Not an airshow, but you can watch from the local Aero Club.

I agree with the suggestion to spend some time at Wanaka at the right hand end of the crowd line. And note if you are at the airfield outside of show days, the cafe at the museum next door is actually the tasting room for the adjacent craft brewery.

Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2020

Postby DaveBr on Wed 15 Jan 2020, 4:02 pm

Thanks all.

We won't make it to Ardmore this visit. We'll be staying with my sister in Wellington for a week, but that's as far as we'll go on the North Island. It seems my sister will be in NZ for the foreseeable future though so I expect we'll be back to explore the North Island on a future visit.

Back to Wanaka - what's the airshow parking like, re: organisation, queues to get in, get out, etc ? We're staying in town so I was originally thinking of taking the shuttlebus to the airfield on the show days. However, I'm now wondering if it's better to drive and have the flexibility to get there early and stay late.

Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2020

Postby ErrolC on Sat 18 Jan 2020, 8:52 am

In 2018 I was staying in Queenstown, driving over the mountain early-ish (as it isn't a road that is nice to be following people on) and didn't have any issues with carpark queues into the Gold Pass area. I didn't speak with anyone using the shuttle. So not much help I'm afraid!

Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2020

Postby Andyph on Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:50 pm

B-52 for the Sunday.
Seems the USAF C-17 dropped off though

Re: Warbirds over Wanaka 2020

Postby Andyph on Fri 21 Feb 2020, 11:52 pm

There is no traffic to speak off from town.

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