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Warbirds & Wheels, Wanaka

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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. Put Warbirds & Wheels into our Wanaka vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Wanaka.
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  • A very good interesting collection. Not a place you can rush through. Husband could have disappeared for a week! He loved it.  more »
  • We spent almost half a day here. We enjoyed some breakfast at the cafe (pancakes & the bacon & eggs - the eggs were super orange - delicious!) & enjoyed the museum. If you are into classic cars & warp...  more »
  • The kids and hubby loved this place. The collection of cars and planes was great and the care with which they were presented was admirable. A great place to visit.  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • It was a good place to dine. The cafe in rock n roll style was modern. It was clean and bright. The food was hot and delicious. My friends and I ordered some pies, burgers and fries and coffee. We ate a little only as we didn't want to throw up in the sky while skydiving lol! At the back there is a corner for selling gramophone records which matched the theme of cafe.