Warbirds & Wheels, Wanaka

3.7
Admire the thrilling array of classic cars and rare airplanes at Warbirds & Wheels, a primary spot for New Zealand's engineering, automotive, and aviation heritage. Boasting some of the finest vehicles ever made--such as the 1934 Duesenberg car, previously owned by Hollywood stars Carole Lombard and Clark Gable--the museum neatly displays its showstopping artifacts alongside interesting exhibit information. Learn about the evolution of fighter planes, with special attention given to the vast array of "warbirds," fighter jets dating back to the 1910s. Afterwards, relax in the stylized American diner, complete with a Wurlitzer juke box and 1959 Harley Davidson Panhead motorcycle suspended from the ceiling. Arrange your visit to Warbirds & Wheels and discover more family-friendly attractions in Wanaka using our Wanaka visit planner .
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  • October 7, 2017
    Went with my and son to look around. There's a cafe and a shop. The displays are in good condition. It was good to see the range from old cars.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    There is little in this museum that you won't have seen before if you frequent such places. On the other hand, it is beautifully kept and nicely laid out without crowding.  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    We had a lovely time seeing all of the displays, I especially love the beautiful old cars. I also thought the collection of costumes were fantastic. We then went out and had lunch at the diner which w...  more »
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  • June 30, 2017
    Gorgeous examples of some more obscure models of cars. Really enjoyed going through this museum, all those gleaming rounded fenders.
  • April 6, 2017
    Can't comment on the museum but the cafe has a great 50s American diner vibe with a jukebox and friendly staff. Good coffee and breakfast!
  • February 4, 2017
    My family and I agree that the displays were to a high standard, but was over priced, cost $45 for us and took us 10 mins. Don't go here go to the transport and toy museum instead.The name is misleading there is only about five planes to see. I did try and discuss our disappointment at the time and just got told sorry but it is called this because of this is were warbirds over wanaka is. So I write this review over a week after going and still feel the same, really feel ripped of.
  • November 28, 2016
    Based on my experience I wouldn't recommend this museum, I found it to be overpriced at $20 for adults without much content to view. Would be better if cheaper. Could have spent $40 on something longer than 5 minutes
  • February 8, 2017
    Turned up and there was already a queue for the entry but nobody there to serve anybody. Waited around for five minutes and still no staff to buy some tickets from.

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