and airworthy collections
Wanaka Airport & Museums
Lloyd Dunn Ave, Luggate 9382
Wanaka Airport serves the resort town of Wanaka in Otago, New Zealand.
Whilst the airport does not currently have scheduled commercial flights, it serves as a base for scenic and charter flights to local tourist attractions. The bi-annual Warbirds over Wanaka air show is held here.
Date of visit: 1st March 2017
Unfortunately I was unable to visit all the museums located here due to time restraints.
Gate Guard to airport and adjacent to the Warbirds & Wheels Museum
Aermacchi MB.339 CB
NZ6468 / cn 6799/172
Warbirds & Wheels
11 Lloyd Dunne Ave, Wanaka Airport, Wanaka, 9343
Warbirds & Wheels museum is managed by a consortium of private car collectors from Wanaka and focuses on classic and vintage cars & motorcycles primarily from the 1930s to 1950s. Opened in December 2011, the museum replaced the former New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum but with an emphasis more on automobiles. Almost all of the cars are in working order and other exhibits include period equipment and paraphernalia such as old petrol pumps and signs.
At the time of visit the aircraft static display consisted of:
Douglas A-4 Skyhawk NZ6202; BAC Strikemaster Mk 88 NZ6374; de Havilland Vampire FB5 NZ5765 (ex- RAF WA314)
Hawker Hurricane Mk IIA Replica P3351/K; Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5a Replica E1294
National Transport and Toy Museum
891 Wanaka-Luggate Hwy, RD 2, Wanaka 9382
The National Transport and Toy Museum houses one of the largest private collections in the world! With over 50 years of collecting and preserving pieces from the past, the museum boasts rare and unusual aircraft, cars, trucks, motorcycles, fire appliances, military vehicles and tractors. The nostalgic collection of over 30,000 toys includes such items as clockwork and battery powered toys, porcelain dolls, teddy bears, pedal cars and money boxes.
GAF Canberra B.20
ex- RAAF A84-207
BAC 84 Jet Provost T.5A
ex- RAF XW357 cn EEP/JP/1007 (ex- VH-YZD)
Antonov An-2T Colt LY-AKH; Auster Autocrat J1 ZK-BJL; de Havilland Dove IB ZK-RNG;
Lockheed C60A Lodestar 42-55951 / VH-XUS; Mignet Flying Flea ZM-AAC; Mig-21US Mongol 5141
Percival Prentice T1 ZK-DJC; Royal Aircraft Factory Se 5a B4863/G 7/10th Replica;
Team Max 103 ZK-DJW; Victa Airtourer 115 ZK-CLF & ZK-COW
Founded by Swiss-born Gilles Kupfer, this museum is housed in a hangar at Wanaka Airport and is devoted to the Focke-Wulf. On display is the 4/5's scale replica of a Focke-Wulf 190-D9 that was painstakingly built by Giles and first flown in Switzerland in 2007. His latest project is to build a full size 190-D9.
MJ-8 #5 Focke-Wulf 190 D9
ZK-YKZ (ex- HB-YKZ)
Selection from the presentation boards
Other Aircraft seen at the Airport 01/03/2017
Aero L-39C Albatros
ZK-CCP / cn 332639
Beech C-17B Staggerwing
VH-UXP / cn 108 (ex- RAAF A39-3)
de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth II
ZK-ALJ / cn ZK-ALJ (T5770 / ex- NZ 676 RNZAF) Operated by Classic Flights Wanaka
ZK-JVR / cn 8028C
North American P-51D Mustang
ZK-SAS / LH-X / cn 111-36299 ' Dove of Peace' (ex- RAAF as A68-674 / ex- VH-CVA / ex- N9002N, N9200N, N5551D)
Pacific Aerospace Cresco 08-600
ZK-PDZ / cn 003 (ex- VH-PUS)
Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub
ZK-UCR / cn 18-7572 with Floats
2015 Australian Aircraft Kits Hornet STOL
ZK-CCM / cn H025 (Tigermoth ZK-JAL2 / cn 22 behind)