Wanaka Airport & Luggate

Most airports mark a journey’s beginning or end, but Wanaka 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 Wanaka, 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 Wanaka 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 Wanaka 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 Wanaka 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 Wanaka 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 Wanaka 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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Flights to Wanaka

Getting to Wanaka is easy. It’s a short, scenic 60-minute drive to Wanaka from the closest international airport, where you will find all major rental car companies and scheduled bus services that provide transport to Wanaka throughout the day.

Queenstown Airport is serviced daily from all major New Zealand airports as well as over 40 flights a week direct from Australia.

How to get to Wanaka

Driving to Wanaka

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 Wanaka.

How to get to Wanaka

Explore the Region

Wanaka 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 Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty.

Explore Wanaka

  1. New Zealand
  2. Auckland 1 h 50 min
  3. Wellington 1 h 20 min
  4. Christchurch 55 min
  5. Queenstown Airport 1 h 4 min
  6. Australia
  7. Brisbane 3 h 50 min
  8. Gold Coast 3 h 30 min
  9. Sydney 3 h 15 min
  10. Melbourne 3 h 35 min
  11. Tokyo 10 h 30 min
  12. Los Angeles 12 h 5 min
  13. Beijing 16 h 10 min
  1. Christchurch 5 h 14 min
  2. Ashburton 3 h 56 min
  3. Geraldine 3 h 19 min
  4. Tekapo 2 h 17 min
  5. Mt Cook 2 h 6 min
  6. Twizel 1 h 39 min
  7. Omarama 1 h 21 min
  8. Franz Josef 3 h 32 min
  9. Fox Glacier 3 h 6 min
  10. Haast 1 h 43 min
  11. Cromwell 39 min
  12. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  13. Milford Sound 4 h 34 min
  14. Te Anau 2 h 52 min
  15. Dunedin 2 h 52 min
  1. Makarora 50 min
  2. Lake Hawea 1 h 7 min
  3. Wanaka Airport 11 min
  4. Luggate 13 min
  5. Tarras 27 min
  6. Cromwell 39 min
  7. Cardrona 18 min
  8. Arrowtown 53 min
  9. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  10. Matukituki Valley 51 min
  11. Raspberry Creek 1 h 6 min