The Grumman Avenger over Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow (Image credit Gavin Conroy)

The Grumman Avenger over Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow (Image credit Gavin Conroy)

Wanaka, NZ – WWII and Classic Aircraft will once again soar over New Zealand. Organizers of the “Warbirds Over Wanaka” Airshow are optimistic about the prospects for their 2018 event, given the early ticket sales to date. A pre-sale period for tickets, which was open to WOW Club members, and the first public sales this week have been well received. Of note, the Airshow’s “Titanium” and “Gold” passes have been a favorite for ticket-buyers. “Because there are no gate sales for these top tickets, they are always popular early on and people like to book now, so they don’t miss out,” says Event Manager Mandy Deans.

Wall of Fire, photo to Phil Makanna.

Wall of Fire, photo to Phil Makanna.

Great things are expected for the 2018 “Warbirds Over Wanaka” show, as it marks an anniversary. “Because 2018 will celebrate 30 years since the very first Wanaka Airshow, we are planning some very special displays, both in the air and on the ground. We are hoping the final lineup will be one of the best in years,” claims Deans. This “special edition” of Wanaka will not cost the 2018 show-goer any more than it did in 2017, a proud hallmark for the event planners. This is the second consecutive year that admissions will stay level, for the three-day general admission pass and family pass. “It’s important that we keep our airshow affordable, especially for families, and this is one way we can do that.” Deans’ notes that support from sponsors has helped to keep admission costs level.

Tickets for “Warbirds Over Wanaka” are now available from their website, www.warbirdsoverwanaka.com, or from www.ticketdirect.co.nz. The show will be held March 30, 31, and April 1 this year. The ever-popular “Rides Day” will closely follow, on April 2.

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