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Warbirds & Wheels, Wanaka
(3.9/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • The name of the museum suggests more planes, but the focus of the collection was cars. Cars were great and well presented. 
  • A must see when in wanaka. Full of beautifully restored machines from planes, cars and everything inbtween. Lovely staff and location. Plan at least an hour to really enjoy evefything there. And there...  more »
  • Already when finding out about Warbirds & Wheels when planning my New Zealand stay, I knew I would need to go there. And it was totally worth it. I wasn't that interested in the planes but they were s...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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
  • Stunning cars
  • Warbirds And Wheels