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Warbirds & Wheels, Wanaka

3.7
#8 of 27 in Museums in Otago Region
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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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  • We have lived in Wanaka for 3 years and although we have volunteered at Warbirds Over Wanaka, we have never been in the museum. We too the opportunity to go recently. Worth the visit, some interesting...  more »
  • I spent almost 2 hours wandering around looking at the collection and ran out of time. I had not seen it all. The information about each piece in the Museum seemed to be comprehensive. The cars were i...  more »
  • Well presented collection. Particularly loved the cars however we were warned that it was cold in the museum and yes it was freezing!  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.

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As a popular ski and resort town, Wanaka offers an abundance of accommodation options. Views of the lake can be requested at the many boutique and luxury hotels, while travelers aiming to get straight up into the mountains may want to try one of the multitude of more affordable resorts and campsites. Good connections take visitors up the slopes and down again to their bed for the night. For those traveling into the town by car, motels are dotted along the main roads, offering good access to Wanaka itself and the surrounding scenery.
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