Wānaka Airport & Luggate

Most airports mark a journey’s beginning or end, but Wānaka Airport is a day trip destination in a class of its own

There is more than enough to keep you busy for the whole day – in fact, you may even have to come back for another. 

Take a scenic flight, skydive, learn to fly or just take in the aviation memorabilia. 

Adrenaline seekers are spoiled for choice with Skydive Wānaka, aerobatic flights in sleek, swift crafts, and the chance to dress in vintage aviation gear and fly in a World War 1 Tiger Moth biplane. 

Popular Learn to Fly lessons are readily available and you don’t have to be a trainee pilot to fly a plane! At Wānaka Airport you can fly yourself! But be warned, once you start flying, it may be hard to stop! 

Take your pick of scenic flight – from a quick trip to Mt Aspiring and back to a stunning flight to Milford Sound - over glaciers, mountains and lakes, scenic flights from Wānaka Airport encompass more dramatic scenery naturally due to its location – you choose the how – fixed wing plane or helicopter. 

Take a break from the skies at the Warbirds and Wheels Museum – not just for the enthusiast, the museum houses vintage cars, aircraft and motorbikes from 1915 through to the 70’s. Or head to the Toy and Transport Museum – the impressive collection of one man’s dedication to toys and vehicles. 

Home to one of the best airshows in the world, Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow, is a biannual event that sees over 70,000 visitors flock to Wānaka to witness this aeronautical phenomenon. Spitfires, Mustangs, fighter jets and more – Warbird’s global reputation draws pilots and planes from all over the world. 

Quench your thirst and head to Wānaka Beerworks for a tasting. And make sure you stop at the 1950’s themed café at Warbirds and Wheels for some much needed lunch or the historic Luggate Hotel, then continue on your Wānaka Airport adventure – a day out that ticks all the boxes. 

Discover the best of our region by following the scenic highlights photo tour.

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Driving to Wanaka Explore the Region

Driving to Wānaka

Driving on the South Island roads of New Zealand is a great way to experience the region, with relatively quiet roads and some of the most amazing scenery right outside the window.

Major car and campervan hire companies are all located at Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown airports. There are also a number of rental car companies based in Wānaka.

How to get to Wānaka

Explore the Region

Wānaka is unique and captivating; it inspires you to discover, and gives you the freedom to explore.

Located in the stunning alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wānaka region by its outstanding beauty.

Explore Wānaka

  1. Mount Aspiring
    National Park
    54 min
  2. Christchurch 5 h 14 min
  3. Ashburton 3 h 56 min
  4. Geraldine 3 h 19 min
  5. Tekapo 2 h 17 min
  6. Mt Cook 2 h 6 min
  7. Twizel 1 h 39 min
  8. Omarama 1 h 21 min
  9. Franz Josef 3 h 32 min
  10. Fox Glacier 3 h 6 min
  11. Haast 1 h 43 min
  12. Cromwell 39 min
  13. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  14. Milford Sound 4 h 34 min
  15. Te Anau 2 h 52 min
  16. Dunedin 2 h 52 min
  1. Mount Aspiring
    National Park
    54 min
  2. Coronet Peak
  3. The Remarkables
  4. Cardrona
  5. Treble Cone
  6. Snow Farm
  7. Heli Skiing
  8. Heli Skiing
  9. Makarora 50 min
  10. Lake Hawea 1 h 7 min
  11. Wanaka Airport 11 min
  12. Luggate 13 min
  13. Tarras 27 min
  14. Cromwell 39 min
  15. Arrowtown 53 min
  16. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  17. Queenstown Airport 59 min
  18. Matukituki Valley 51 min
  19. Raspberry Creek 1 h 6 min

Flights to Wānaka

Getting to Wānaka is easy - click on your city to see how close you are to Wānaka. It’s a short, scenic 60-minute drive to Wānaka from the closest international airport, where you will find all major rental car companies and scheduled bus services that provide transport to Wānaka throughout the day.

How to get to Wanaka