About Us

With our beautiful alpine environment, and Mt Aspiring National Park so close by, Wanaka Airport is a natural attraction for visiting aviators.  Historically, it's been most well known for the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Air Show & the Warbirds and Wheels visitor attraction but there are more than 11 businesses with 250 people working in and around the airport on day-to-day operations.  These operations include:

  • Flightseeing to Milford and Mount Cook and surrounding areas
  • A large and growing number of helicopters offering training and charter
  • Pilot training on Cessna and various aircraft types
  • Tandem skydiving flights and parachuting using a custom-designed turbine aircraft
  • Private sport and recreation and general aviation
  • Agricultural companies with topdressing operations based out of Wanaka Airport
  • Charter operations, particularly ski tours
  • Regular military visits
  • Adventure flying in military aircraft

Wanaka Airport is a Queenstown Lakes District Council-owned facility which is contracted to Queenstown Airport Corporation to manage.