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Wheels at Wanaka 2025

18 - 20 April 2025

 In 2025, the Wheels at Wanaka 2025, short WAW 2025, will be a unique event because 100 years of Caterpillar will be simultaneously celebrated. The New Zealand Caterpillar Dealer Terra Cat is going all out to organize an unforgettable event where numerous Golden Oldies Caterpillar machines will be in full action. #theplacetobe

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Centenary Of Caterpillar To Be Celebrated

Three Parks, Wanaka will once again roar to life next Easter, as enthusiasts from around the globe gather with a shared passion for wheeled and tracked machines, with one brand at the forefront of celebrations - Caterpillar. Founded on 15 April 1925, Caterpillar will celebrate its 100th birthday almost to the day of the fourth and final Wheels at Wanaka, 18 – 20 April 2025.

Developed in California, the Caterpillar machine evolved when salesman Benjamin Holt replaced a steam tractor’s rear wheels with tracks, helping farmers to work on soft soils.  The company photographer exclaimed that the machine “moved like a big caterpillar”.  After merging with the Best Tractor Company in 1925, Caterpillar Tractor Co. has been synonymous with earthmoving equipment ever since.

A.S. Paterson was New Zealand’s first Caterpillar tractor dealer. In 1932 Gough, Gough and Hamer took over and took a gamble, importing five machines to demonstrate to the Ministry of Works. The demonstration was successful and Caterpillar earthmovers and their skilled operators have since built New Zealand’s key civil projects including roads, hydroelectric schemes, ski fields, as well as breaking-in much of the nation’s farmland over the last century. Today Terra Cat is New Zealand’s Caterpillar dealer.

The vintage earthmoving machines that shaped this nation will be in action, alongside their modern counterparts, at Wheels at Wanaka’s world renown Terra Cat Earthmoving Extravaganza.  Terra Cat has been proud platinum partners of Wheels at Wanaka since 2019.

Wheels at Wanaka’s general manager Allan Dippie encourages all Caterpillar equipment owners to join the celebrations and a possible world record attempt for the most Caterpillar machines in a parade next Easter. “Every CAT machine is invited to escape the shed for the weekend and join the biggest, noisiest birthday party the country’s ever seen” said Dippie. “It’s going to be quite the spectacle and earthmoving enthusiasts would be mad to miss it.”

In addition to celebrating a centenary of Caterpillar, Wheels at Wanaka 2025 will also host the New Zealand round of the Caterpillar Global Operators Challenge.  The winners then have a chance to compete against the world’s best operators at ConExpo in Las Vegas in March 2026.

Following the announcement that 2025’s Wheels at Wanaka will be its final spin, the event has sold thousands of tickets, with hundreds of exhibitors from trucks, tractors, cars and motorbikes registering for what’s sure to be a huge grand finale and a fond farewell to an event that has captivated enthusiasts from across the country and around the world.   

Wheels at Wanaka is an all vehicle, all machinery history-in-motion vintage fair - including steam engines, tractors and farming heritage, cars, motorbikes, trucks, earthmovers and heavy machinery.

Buzzing with energy, Wheels at Wanaka is huge. With over 50 acres of entertainment, tractor pulling and enduro-X competitions, ATV and rally car demos, an earthmoving extravaganza and a non-stop parade ground programme it is Australasia’s biggest all-vehicle show.

The organisers encourage past participants and enthusiasts to join in making this farewell edition a memorable one.  

For more information about Wheels at Wanaka, April 18th to 20th 2025 please visit

Click op the photo's and DOWNLOAD the Programme and both WAW 2025 Posters

WAW Terra CAT 100 Years of CAT 2025  Programme.pdf
WAW Terra CAT 100 Years of CAT 2025 A4 v2b 2.pdf
WAW Terra CAT 100 Years of CAT 2025 A4 v.pdf