All wheels roll toward Wanaka

4 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineFebruary 22, 2019

Legendary South Island contractor Ken Harliwich in his 1916 White C Cab truck. Ken will have other magnificent pieces on display at Wheels at Wanaka, including his 1962 S24 Terex Scraper with cable apron and magnificent GM 12V-71 power. Bring it on!

As preparation for the Easter Weekend‘s Wheels at Wanaka show continues, it‘s becoming apparent there‘s never been anything quite like it before in the region – and possibly the country – in terms of variety, size, and interest.

“With the catchline, ‘If it‘s got wheels or tracks it will be on display‘, the interest from all corners of the country and the equipment entered has even taken us by surprise at times,” said Colleen Nisbet from the event‘s committee.

Standout displays include Drivesouth‘s car, truck and motorbike show; the Gough CAT Earthmoving Extravaganza, and the CLAAS Harvest Centre vintage farm fair with tractors, steam engines and farming heritage. The Highlands Parade Ground is where you‘ll see and hear these old and new beauties in action.

And the not so old also. Robert Duncan will have some of his immaculate Maungatua Contracting kit on display

Held at the Three Parks, Wanaka, there‘s ample space for the multitude of exhibits already confirmed, plus there‘s the bonus of live earthmoving demonstrations. At any one time there‘ll be 15 vintage machines that built this nation in action.

HWR Richardson Group are Gold Partners and both Transport World and Dig This will have a significant presence, with their Ford Alphabet collection A-T, along with your chance to crush a car at the Dig This ‘Aggression Sessions‘. Mack Trucks NZ (Motor Truck Distributors) and Kenworth (Southpac Trucks) are also supporting the trucking side of the event.

“Wheels at Wanaka is a new vintage and classic car, tractor, truck, machine, motorbike and earthmoving extravaganza that will rotate every other year with the Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow. We expect up to 15,000 people to attend. With over 50 acres of entertainment, Wheels at Wanaka will be huge and so much fun for enthusiasts and families alike,” said Colleen.

All roads lead to Wanaka at Easter. Clarke Machine Hire is supporting the event with a number of machines, including this International TD25C tractor.

Anyone can enter their unique ‘wheels‘, and every online entry receives a free pass to Highlands Motorsport Museum. You can participate in the show, or you can simply watch it all unfold by purchasing a visitor ticket online. Every family visitor ticket purchased gets one free Highlands Go Kart Experience.

Enter your wheels or purchase a ticket online at and check out the latest action at

Contact – Coleen Nisbet