About Us - NZ Warbirds

About Us

dedicated to restoration, preservation and operation

In New Zealand, as in many countries the world over, service aircraft have been the introduction to flying and aviation for thousands of young men and women. Many such pilots have gone on to establish careers in civilian flying long after their military service so, in many ways, these aircraft form the very backbone of our country’s aviation history.

About Us - NZ Warbirds

Group of pilots gathered beside a line-up of Corsairs at RNZAF Station, Ardmore. RNZAF Official

NZ Warbirds was originally conceived by the late Trevor Bland who in June 1978 organised a meeting of interested parties with a common goal to establish an association to restore, fly and enjoy aircraft of an historic nature with a connection to the Royal New Zealand Air Force.  The newly formed association boasted two aircraft at the time, a Chipmunk and an Auster but soon to follow was the addition of the first kiwi warbird, a wartime RNZAF Harvard trainer NZ1092 (ZK-WAR).

About Us - NZ Warbirds

Our associations first warbird, ex RNZAF T6 Harvard NZ1092 (ZK-WAR), still flies under the NZ Warbirds banner. Here it can be seen (foreground) flying with a Supermarine Spitfire and a Curtis P-40 Kittyhawk (background) which also are part of the association.

From our humble beginnings forty years ago, we now have a membership close to 600 with a mixture of active pilots and aviation enthusiasts all with a desire to see these aircraft fly for generations.  Although our organisation was started to preserve ex-RNZAF aircraft, this has been expanded to include any type due to the successful introduction of service aircraft from all over the world including Russian, German and Chinese types. British and American aircraft never seen in service here also figure prominently!

About Us - NZ Warbirds

Former RNZAF A-4K Skyhawk NZ6209 on the flight line at Ohakea. “09” is one of many service aircraft that is preserved by the association.

The Association does not aim to glorify war.  Its objective is to provide the wide range of skills and support necessary to see these grand old military and historic aircraft preserved in flying condition.  Our NZ Warbirds at Ardmore collection at Ardmore Airport provides an educational resource unrivalled in the warbird sphere.  Not only does it house former Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) aircraft, it also has an aviation library complex and comprehensive squadron history displays.

About Us - NZ Warbirds

NZ Warbirds patron and founding president the late Trevor Bland AFC, MNZM (left) talking with aviation legend General Chuck Yeager

Associations

NZ Warbirds is in active contact with like-minded organisations nation-wide and represents the interests of the warbird movement on aviation consultancy groups within New Zealand.  We work closely with the organisers of world class events and significant commemorative occasions such as:

Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Art Deco Festival – Napier

Classic Fighters – Blenheim

Classic Flyers – Tauranga

Royal New Zealand Air Force

RSA

Warbirds Over Wanaka – Wanaka

Wings over Wairarapa – Masterton

Our Team

President
Frank Parker
Vice President
John Kelly
General Manager/Secretary
Trish Reynolds
Treasurer
Rowan Dixon
Operations Manager
Mark Helliwell
Chief Flying Instructor (CFI)
Dave Brown
Deputy CFI
Dean Beverley
Safety Manager
Phillip Stott
Maintenance Controller
Milton Donovan
Public Relations
Trish Reynolds
Committee MembersAce Edwards, Alan Purdy, Ben Shaw, Brett Nicholls, Chris Tennent-Brown, Colin Goult, Greg Morris, Leanne Butler, Liz Needham, Paul Liddington, Rob Silich
About Us - NZ Warbirds

Frank Parker is the current president of the NZ Warbirds Association. He flies a number of aircraft types including our Kittyhawk, Mustang and Harvards as well as the expanding WW1 fleet.

  • What a birthday gift from my family. A stunning flight and my wife said my smile after climbing (clambering) out of the cockpit was to be seen. Gary my pilot was totally professional and made it all so enjoyable.

    Malcolm G June 2019

  • Wow, thats an amzing day full of discovery and nature. Loved the cruise! You guys rock.

    Mike McVey Gisborne NZ

  • Lovely cafe with a great view of all the planes taking off. The museum guides are super friendly and my son absolutely loves coming here. Highly recommended.

    Dianechen10 February 2020

  • Fantastic opportunity to get up close to some of the icons of New Zealand’s aviation history - with the majority being flyable examples. Knowable guides to fill in any gaps in your own knowledge. Topped off by an amazing scale model collection.

    MarkR986 October 2020

  • Interesting guided visit around the War Birds Facility, get up close to the war planes. Beautiful display. Would suggest combine with a visit to the Auckland Botanical Gardens. A Great Auckland Day Out.

    Sandra S February 2020

  • On the Ardmore Airport (the busiest airport in the southern hemisphere) are two hangers of war planes. I have lived nearby for years and the planes often fly over my house but I have never before visited the exhibition. They have a Spitfire, a P45 Mustang, a Skyhawk and many many more aircraft. Almost all of them still fly. I was fascinated by the pre-WWII planes. The beauty of the engineering is fascinating and there are not many places you can get so close to the planes. You can also pay to have a flight in many of he planes. That is something I am planning for later in the year. The staff were all very helpful and knowledgeable. I will be taking all my visitors there in future.

    Howard A January 2020

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No filter! A repeat, but worth repeating. Taken just after landing and still hot 🔥 #v12 #supermarinespitfire #adventureflightsnz #nzwarbirdsatardmore #wherewarbirdsfly #ardmoreairport #keepemflying
POSTPONEMENT OF NZ WARBIRDS ON PARADE COMMEMORATING THE ANNIVERSARY PEARL HARBOR - 5TH DECEMBER 2021 Sadly due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 Levels, the size of gatherings, the unknown as yet government restrictions and requirements around event management, we have sadly made the decision to postpone our forthcoming NZ Warbirds on Parade commemoration show on Sunday 5th December 2021. NZ Warbirds Association is a charitable not-for-profit organisation and produces these events to raise money to help keep us operating and our aircraft flying. Cancelling an event at the last minute incurs a large loss of our existing funds having had to pre-pay many suppliers along with the cost of certification and regulatory commitments – so a last minute cancellation or postponement is just not something the association can afford to do. We know this will be as disappointing for you, as it is for us, however we are still planning to hold this event in the new year sometime, so please keep an eye out on our website and social media platforms for updates. The good news is our team are planning smaller scale events like our successful Tarmac Days and Hangar Talks which more easily put together, cost a lot less to produce and can easily be postponed if we need to. Thanks for your support and we can’t wait to safely open our doors again and welcome you in to our hangars. Trish Reynolds General Manager NZ Warbirds Association Inc
Harvard 57 being put through her paces on an adventure flight earlier this year ✈️ #nzmustdo #aviation #gopro #warbirds #adventure #avgeek
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Our Ryan STM patiently waiting to get back in the air... #warbirds #flying #taildragger #artdeco #livinghistory #avgeek
GHOST POWER👻👇 John Luff's immaculate de Havilland DH.112 Venom at Classic Fighters Omaka 2019. It is an ex Swiss airframe painted to represent a No.14 Squadron RNZAF machine WE434. Unfortunately this past weekend was meant to be the 2021 edition of the Classic Fighters show but couldn't go ahead this year due to Covid-19. 📸Paul Johnston 📍Omaka Aerodrome, Blenheim, NZ #classicfightersomaka #omaka #dehavilland #dh112 #venom #ghost #rr #rollsroyce #avgeek #warbird #aviation #airshow #jet #onlyinnz #newzealand #nz
Did you know our Messenger flies again? Miles M.38 Messenger ZK-CMM was out and about last Sunday being flown by a couple of our members. It has been out of action for a while so it's nice to see the unusual aircraft back in the Ardmore circuit. 🛩️👍 Photo is from a few years ago at one of our open days. The messenger was designed as an AOP, Airborne Observation Post, and was used by General Montgomery as his own personal VIP transport. Photographer: @stu_65 #Avgeek #messenger #miles #m38 #warbird #keepemflying #OnlyAtArdmore #NZWarbirdsAtArdmore #blackburn #cirrus #Aviation #photography
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NZWarbirds Yak-52 ZK-XXS rocketing down Runway 03 on the weekend. She is part of our OPS Group and flown by some lucky members. 📸 Photographer: Errol Cavit #warbirds #keepemflying #planespotting #yak #yak52pilot #soviet #aviation #flying
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Covid 19: Auckland is at Alert Level 3. NZ Warbirds at Ardmore is temporarily closed to the public. Stay connected to find out when we can reopen.
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