5 things you'll see at Warbirds Over Wānaka 2022

One of the world's great warbirds airshows

It’s not too early to start thinking about Warbirds Over Wānaka 2022. After the cancellation of the slated-2020 show, the crew at Warbirds are raring for next year’s edition, with tickets on sale now.

Never been to the Southern Hemisphere's largest warbird airshow? Here’s what you can expect to see!

A stunning line-up of aircraft

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Southern Alps, Warbirds Over Wānaka attendees will get to see over 70 warbird aircraft from New Zealand and the around the world. These include classics like Spitfires, Kittyhawks, Mustangs, Yak-3s and Polikarpovs, as well as modern fighting aircraft like the F-18 Hornet and F-16 Fighting Falcon.

F16 fighter jets at Warbirds Over Wanaka in New Zealand

Contrary to what the name suggests however, you’ll get to see more than just warbirds. Catch classic aircraft like the beautifully restored Beech Staggerwing and DH Dominie. For a change of pace, catch one of the world’s biggest gliders gracefully perform to classical music.

A staggerwing plane in Warbirds Over Wanaka in New Zealand

Incredible aerial displays

The aerial displays at Warbirds Over Wānaka are supported by expert commentary and a pyrotechnics team, which enhances the displays with its array of huge blasts and fireballs culminating in a massive ‘Wall of Fire’.

The Wall of Fire aerial display at Warbirds Over Wanaka in New Zealand

The latest aviation technology

If you’re a tech junkie, you’ll find a home at Warbirds. The show is proud to host New Zealand’s first fully electric aircraft, as well as a robot from Christchurch Airport, one of the world’s first autonomous air taxi aircraft and a display of 3-D printing aircraft parts.

A helicopter stack at Warbirds Over Wanaka in New Zealand


Fancy yourself a flyer? Talk to RNZAF recruiters about careers in the military or chat with the many civilian aviation industry organizations about the job opportunities which are available.

An aerial display over Lake Wanaka for Warbirds Over Wanaka in New Zealand

The view from the pilot's seat

Stay for the Rides Day on Monday and tick off that ‘Bucket List’ ride in a Warbird.  Rides are available in numerous aircraft ranging from an iconic WWII Fighter to the more modern and super-fast L-39 jet aircraft.  If you’re feeling a little less high-octane, try a flight in the Catalina Flying Boat with a landing on Lake Wānaka, or take to the skies in a Tiger Moth.

A Catalina Flying Boat over Lake Wanaka in New Zealand

 Warbirds Over Wānaka is happening April 15-17, 2022 with ticket sales on now.

A range of ticket options are available from General Admission all the way to the limited Titanium luxury pass. For more information and to purchase entry, visit Warbirds Over Wānaka’s official website.