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Welcome to Yealands Classic Fighters 2023!

Yealands Classic Fighters places heritage aviation on display in an action-packed three-day Easter Weekend, Friday 7th - Sunday 9th, April 2023, amid the magnificent scenery and vineyards of Marlborough.

Friday is the official practice day and is treated as a normal show day with gates opening to the public at 8am. Gates will open again from 3.30pm for ticket holders to the Friday night Marlborough Lines Twilight Extreme show, with sunset flying, entertainment and a fireworks spectacular running from 4pm – 7pm. The Twilight show is very popular with families.

The main show days are Saturday and Sunday. Gates open to the public at 8am, with the show programme running from 10am – 4pm.

All enquiries to Jo McMillan


Phone 03 579 1305 
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
PO Box 641, Blenheim 7240
79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272

Become a Classic Fighters volunteer

Organising an event such as this requires a huge effort and at Yealands Classic Fighters most of this is down to the volunteers. All money raised by the air show goes towards improving and expanding the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

The event draws on a range of expertise with something pretty much suited to everyone. Some jobs, such as building props for the ground theatre, start months ahead, while others might be for a few hours on the day.

Whether you are interested in helping to direct traffic, installing temporary fences or selling programmes, we have a job waiting for you.

Please fill out this online form to register your interest in volunteering at Classic Fighters 2023. Please include any special skills or job preferences you may have. We will get back to you and make sure you are partnered up with the right group looking for an extra hand.

Alternatively you may wish to contact us by emailing info@omaka.org.nz or phoning 03 579 1305.

All offers or enquiries are most welcome, thank you.

Click here to access the Volunteer Application Form


Media from around the country will be converging on Omaka for the spectacular Classic Fighters Airshow. If you are one of them, apply now for special media privileges.

The team are ensuring there are reserved media platforms, special briefings, and privileged access, but passes are strictly limited.

Media Application Form

Ground Theatre

Classic FIghters is internationally renowned for its spectacular ground theatre, with highly innovative battle scenarios combining re-enactors, military vehicles and pyrotechnics, all supporting the aircraft display above. If you would like to be one of the Classic Fighters 2023 re-enactors, or you have weapons or military vehicles that you would like to contribute, then please download a Classic Fighters Ground Theatre application form.

We require that everyone participating in the ground theatre re-enactments holds Public Liability Insurance or be affiliated to a group that does. Every individual re-enactor will be required to fill out a form and carry confirmation of registration.

Ground Theatre Application Form

Phone +64 (3) 579 1305  
Email classicfighters@omaka.org.nz
Postal Address PO Box 641, Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand  
Physical Address 79 Aerodrome Road, Omaka, Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand