Aviation Museums

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

Focke-Wulf Museum

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


Selection from the presentation boards

New Project

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

Maule M-5-180C

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)