The Tauranga Airshow (officially called the Tauranga City Airshow) is a bi-ennial event looked forward to by young and old. In it's 10th year, the air show attracts up to 25,000 spectators over the 2 days during Auckland Anniversary weekend.
Organised by Classic Flyers NZ and The Sport Aviation Association, expect to see up to 200 aircraft in flight and on display. The main show day is Sunday, with Saturday being a practice day. The practice day is open to the public for a reduced ticket price.
The event is fast becoming a favourite among aircraft enthusiasts and families alike. Spitfires, Kittyhawks and Mustangs are big drawcards, and it's a real sight to see them in action. These wartime, vintage aircraft create a real spectacle with low altitude flyovers and aerobatics.
This video shows the 2010 event
In previous years there have been exciting sideshows such as cars on the run way racing low flying planes. You'll also see exciting displays that kids won't have seen anywhere else. Ground-based military exercises and mock gunfights thrill and excite. Rides in aircraft can be arranged.
The event is a full featured family event with stalls, rides, food and everything to give the whole family a magical experience. Kids and adults willl love the aircraft displays where you can get up close to the aircraft, and their pilots. Learn about what it's like to fly them, and how they keep the older aircraft maintained.
The Tauranga Airshow is aiming to be the North Island's answer to the Warbirds over Wanaka International Airshow in the South Island. Many report that it is getting close, with the show getting better every time.
As an extra way to build excitement, the airshow now allows up to 100 motorhomes to camp on the airfield. This adds an extra dimension to the show and allows keen pilots, and families the chance to be right in the centre of the action for the entire 2 days.