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Southern Destinations: March 22, 2018

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26 | southern holiday destinations Wanaka | MarCh 2018 Warbirds & WHeels Wanaka For all seasons This visitor attraction at the Wanaka Airport is sure to keep the entire family drooling, just as much as you, with its amazing collection of classic aircraft and cars. The attraction opened in December 2011 and features warbirds aircraft, stunning classic cars, the story of local aviation and business pioneer Sir Tim Wallis, a retail shop selling lots of memorabilia including a great range of tin signs, and a retro 1905’s style Diner. The five warbirds aircraft cover the evolution of fighter planes. The display starts with the SE5A from WWI and moves through WWII with the Hurricane and Vampire to more recent warbirds, such as the Strikemaster and the Skyhawk. Then there are the wheels with up to 30 vehicles, and the emphasis on quality rather than quantity. Most of the cars currently on display are from the 1930’s era, with plenty of space to show off their free-flowing lines and unique styles. There’s the magnificent 1934 Duesenberg Model J, the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as one of only a handful located outside the US. The display also features a number of Packards, Cadillacs, Thunderbirds, Lincolns and some great Fords. The Sir Tim Wallis display takes you on a journey following his life and times of this wonderful Southern Man. Sir Tim is famous for being one of the pioneers of the live deer recovery industry, he was also a major player in local tourism, and of course started the hugely successful Warbirds Over Wanaka international air show. The beauty of the Warbirds & Wheels attraction is that when others in your group may have had enough, they can head out to browse in the retail shop or grab a seat in the Diner to enjoy a great coffee or one of their famous Warbirds pies. The attraction is situated on your right, just inside the main entrance to the Wanaka Airport, and is open every day (except Statutory Holidays) from 8am (Diner) and 9am (Museum). Check out their website www. warbirdsandwheels.com. • Classic & vintage cars • Warbirds • Art gallery • Sir Tim Wallis’ story • 1950’S retro diner Adult: $20 | Senior 65+ / Student: $15 | Family: $45 Museum & Diner open 7 days - 8am to 4pm (no bookings required) Wanaka Airport, 11 Lloyd Dunn Ave, Wanaka, 9343. Phone: 03 443 7010 www.warbirdsandwheels.com Wanaka offers the perfect surroundings to truly relax on a lakeside holiday. The township is a busy resort and service centre for the region’s many visitors who enjoy its amenities and activities year-round. The variety of indoor and outdoor activities is extensive within the local area, with plenty of choice to suit all ages and budgets. Attractions include the intriguing Puzzling World and Great Maze, the Transport and Toy Museum, while at Wanaka Airport you could try tandem sky diving, take a scenic flight, visit the New Zealand Pilot’s Museum and discover the largest collection of World War 2 fighter planes in the Southern Hemisphere. Lake Wanaka is New Zealand’s fourth largest lake with clear pristine waters in depths that plunge to below sea level. Take a boat trip to the conservation island of Mou Wahu, go fishing or take a scenic cruise for spectacular views back to the township. Lake Wanaka is also the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park where there are unmatched tramping and climbing opportunities is one of the country’s most unspoiled wilderness areas. Wonderful proximity to the lake and mountains also offers adventure activities such as heli biking, white water rafting and sledging, parasailing, jet boating, yachting, water skiing, horse treks, quad biking and 4WD safaris. In winter Wanaka is wonderland for snow sports. Within easy reach of Cardrona, Treble Cone and Snowpark, you can slide, glide, snowboard, slalom, go cross country or freestyle by day and be back in Wanaka for evening dining and winding down. But more leisurely pursuits might entice you to the range of cafes and restaurants in Wanaka, a visit to the historic 1863 Cardrona Hotel, a soul soothing treatment at Sanctuary Day Spa, wine tasting at Rippon Vineyard or an evening movie at the quirky Cinema Paradiso. But whatever fills your days in Wanaka, be sure to enjoy a lakeside barbecue or dinner and watch the breathtaking sunset against a backdrop of lake and mountains whatever the season or the reason.

MARCH 2018 | Wanaka soutHeRn HolidAy destinAtions | 27 Fascinating collection oF transport and toys london, blades & stupidity in 2018 Puzzling World has had a busy summer but not just with an influx of visitors, with many small additions, finishing touches and plans advanced to help cement their “weird” theme. Mid-December saw the unveiling of a large illusionary mural inside the businesses’ Sculptillusion Gallery. “We’ve been very lucky to have had an extremely talented local artist, Minhal Al Halabi on site to create an incredible scene that blends NZ native bush, iconic London landmarks and operatic superstars together with morphing lions, birds, fish and many other whimsical touches. In line with Wanaka’s only Town Centre Hotel, Wanaka Hotel occupies a prime site with magnificent views of the lake and foreshore. Welcoming locals and visitors alike, this 3 Star hotel offers a range of facilities including accommodation, public bar, TAB, pokies, two restaurants and café. The café is open for breakfast, lunch or coffee and cake, there is authentic Mexican fare at Amigo’s or you can treat yourself to the Bullock Bar’s Steakhouse menu. Accommodation is comfortable and affordable with double, twin and triple rooms all with ensuite facilities. The location is brilliant for lakeside activities in summer and convenient for getting to other attractions like Wanaka Hotel our business always seeking to add intrigue to all our spaces, this fits the bill!” says Duncan Spear, marketing manager Also in time for the holidays, the latest in Holographic advertising was given a home in the Hologram Hall. A Holoblade, featuring a rotating display of filling Coke cans, fluttering butterflies, rotating Nike shoes and other objects seemingly floating in space has proven yet again to be a simple but popular offering. A new year will also bring a new exhibition to the business that celebrates what might be described Puzzling World, Wanaka Museum. You are also in the heart of the shopping precinct. Renowned for its relaxed atmosphere, Wanaka Hotel is the place to stay this summer! as “genius stupidy” A large display of impossible or useless inventions and creations by local sculptors and artists will be on show from April, all aimed to amuse, confuse and amaze. From Steam-powered Walking sticks, Umbrella Shoes, a Multi-Tool glove, 2-Way Bike and many more items, we ask the question - how would that ever work?! With an incredible stone sculpture commission just completed by another talented local due to be added in March, if you haven’t been to “Wanaka’s World of Weirdness” recently, now’s the time! The Wanaka Transport and Toy Museum is one of the largest private collections in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 60,000 items on display. Acquired over many years by the late Gerald Rhodes via advertisements, auctions, markets and garage sales, the varied collection has something to interest everyone, whether adult or child. Described as a “pandora’s box of surprises” the transport exhibits include over 600 rare and unusual aircraft, cars, trucks, motorcycles, fire appliances, military vehicles, tractors and an extraordinary range of “automobilia.” Among the more unusual exhibits are some “must see” items including one of the world’s largest single-engine bi-plane and the world’s last original 1915 Sunbeam Rover ambulance. You can also see some of the vehicles from the new movie “Pete’s Dragon” and a 1924 Buick Limousine, only one of 4 ever built. Nostalgia rules in the Toy Collection where over 50,000 items feature clockwork toys, pedal cars, money boxes, battery-operated toys, teddies and dolls, including 500 Barbie dolls complete with accessories. Always popular is the Star Wars collection of toys, figures and memorabilia. Most exhibits are in remarkable working order and many are used for authentic film props and advertising. The museum and shop are open daily and you can also follow them on Facebook. 600 Vehicles • 50,000 Toys WAnAkA’S only toWn centre hotel - enjoy spectacular lake and mountain views 71 Ardmore Street, Wanaka - Ph 0800 473 288 www.wanakahotel.co.nz TEST YOUR BRAIN at Wanaka’s wonderful world of weirdness www.puzzlingworld.co.nz ILLUSIONS MAZE PUZZLE CAFE GIFTS