Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Blenheim: Hours, Address, Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Reviews: 5/5

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
5
Speciality Museums
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre was established to provide a world-class destination for the appreciation of historic aircraft. Some of New Zealand's most respected cinematic and special effects craftsmen have created a dramatic aviation theatre in which original and full-scale replica WW1 and WW2 aircraft, both static and flyable, are presented in all their glory. The museum is home to two exhibitions, "Knights of the Sky" and "Dangerous Skies". The former is on long-term loan from film director Sir Peter Jackson and comprises one of the world's largest collections of World War One aircraft and rare memorabilia. Thanks to Sir Peter's generosity the aircraft have been brought to life in a series of dioramas created by Wingnut Films and enhanced with lifelike mannequins by Weta Workshop. "Dangerous Skies" utilised local talent and features stories from World War Two and takes visitors on a geographical as well as an historical journey.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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from NZ$20.52
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JasonandKatieC
Wellington, New Zealand64 contributions
All the planes were lovingly restored and we felt like we had stepped back in time. For any aviation enthusiast this is a collection you'll never see anywhere else.
Written 29 April 2022
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Amanda D
10 contributions
Apr 2022
Very enjoyable, well put together and well displayed exhibition. The only slightly anoying thing was the 'guide' (I guess that's what he was), who decided to come and join us, even though we were happy walking around by ourselves, enjoying the exhibition. He meant well, but I wasn't really looking for a friend. Perhaps he just wanted someone to talk to. To be fair, he seemed to know what he was talking about.
Written 16 April 2022
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RachaelBrown29
Thank you for visiting us and we do appreciate you taking the time to post a review. In regards to the 'guide', thank you for your feedback sometimes we all need a reminder about curbing our enthusiasm!
Written 20 April 2022
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Shane B
Te Awamutu, New Zealand744 contributions
Mar 2022
Just rocked up paid and saw no queues no waits.

As both an ex service man and a history buff ( I don't think there is a world war 1 or 2 documentary I haven't seen once or twice), I really enjoyed both exhibitions. Done in typical Peter Jackson style with a lot of the displays posed fighting, crashing etc. Got to see two of my favourite planes a Stuka and a Misquito, have about 100 photos. Highly recommended especially for families
Written 12 April 2022
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RachaelBrown29
Thank you, Shane, we are so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the museum. We appreciate you taking the time to post a review and hope to see you again in the near future.
Written 20 April 2022
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Simon D
Auckland, New Zealand645 contributions
Apr 2022
This was recommended through Tripadvisor as one of the things to see in Blenheim. My wife was less enthusiastic than I about spending some time here, but even she appreciated the work involved. Some really well put together displays and educational to boot!
Both displays combined were $39pp which although not cheap, I thought wasn't bad for a one off experience such as this.
Cafe and souvenir shop onsite also
Written 10 April 2022
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RachaelBrown29
Thank you for visiting us and so glad that you both enjoyed the exhibitions. We also appreciate you taking the time to leave a review.
Written 12 April 2022
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annandhim
Christchurch, New Zealand17 contributions
Apr 2022
Excellent aviation museum which made our trip to the Blenheim area worthwhile. Covering both world wars with an excellent number of aircraft and associated exhibits on display. Thank you to all the volunteers who have done such a good job.

If you ever expand further in the future, as an ex-naval pilot could I make a plea for a mention of naval aviation - New Zealand aircrew played a tremendous role in the Royal Navy in WW2.

Meantime keep up the good work - it's important that our children and grand children know about what happened back then.
Written 10 April 2022
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RachaelBrown29
Thank you! We are so glad that you enjoyed your time at the museum, and thank you for your service.
Written 12 April 2022
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Spinner69
Auckland, New Zealand61 contributions
Mar 2022
An excellent museum showcasing aircraft from the First and Second world wars. Well worth visiting and a nice cafe attached.
Written 28 March 2022
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RachaelBrown29
Thank you for visiting and so glad you enjoyed your time with us!
Written 20 April 2022
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Lindy
Okaihau, New Zealand1 contribution
We saw both exhibitions and thought they were exceptional. I knew my husband would love it but wasn't so sure about myself. However we spent nearly 4 hrs there and in the end my husband had to come and find me - I was so engrossed. It has something for everyone - the technical stuff, but also personal stories. Well worth it - great value for money.
Written 24 March 2022
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RachaelBrown29
Thank you for visiting the museum. It is wonderful to hear that the time you spent here just flew by - for both of you! We appreciate you leaving a review and hope to see you again in the near future.
Written 27 March 2022
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BigMANTIS
Auckland Central, New Zealand50 contributions
Mar 2022
I visited both the WW1 and WW2 exhibits and can only say it was a fantastic exhibition that I am sooo glad I experienced. I highly recommend a visit to the Omaka Centre to anyone who has an interest in fighter aircraft of this vintage. A special thankyou to Peter the volunteer for all his advice. He clearly loves his work and I appreciated him taking the time to direct me and share some of his experience and knowledge with me.
Written 18 March 2022
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Inspiration456650
Russell, New Zealand139 contributions
Feb 2022
This is a great place to visit, it has authentic aircraft which has been set up beautifully and has some great displays of old aviation, well worth a visit.
Written 13 March 2022
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RachaelBrown29
Thank you for visiting us. So pleased you enjoyed the museum and we appreciate you taking the time to leave a review.
Written 15 March 2022
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Pat P
Kerikeri, New Zealand45 contributions
Feb 2022
Best aviation museum I have been to in NZ helped by the Weta workshops and the special effects of a bombing
Written 26 February 2022
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RachaelBrown29
Thank you, Pat! Wēta Workshop did a magnificent job of the mannequins there is no doubt. WingNut Films were responsible for the dioramas in WW1 and the Omaka creative team for WW2. Post Modern Digital in Ukraine created the Stalingrad bombing sequence.
Written 15 March 2022
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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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