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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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Address: 79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
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+64 3-579 1305
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Omaka Avation Heritage Centre presents the outstanding Knights of the Sky...

Omaka Avation Heritage Centre presents the outstanding Knights of the Sky exhibition, featuring Sir Peter Jackson's own collection of World War One aircraft and artifacts. The story of aviation, its development and the men that flew them, is brought to life in sensational sets created by the internationally acclaimed talent of WingNut Films and Weta Workshop. The aircraft are a unique mix of originals and replicas, some of which are flyable and/or can only be seen at Omaka including the Caproni CA.22. The Centre boasts an extensive collection of memorabilia and these are divided into two areas, one devoted to the Allies and the other to the Central Powers. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is extremely privileged to be the caretakers of these historical treasures, which include personal items of Manfred von Richthofen, the legendary Red Baron, top scoring Allied ace Frenchman Rene Fonck, top scroring American ace Eddie Rickenbacker, Germany's Ernst Udet ranked second only to Richtohfen when WW1 ended and the infamous Herman Goering. The Knights of the Sky Exhibition is a display like no other and you don't have to be an aviation enthusiast to enjoy it!

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Step back and marvel at history

Well worth the time to stop off to see and enjoy the exhibition of World War 1 aviation history. The exhibits have been masterly crafted and currently a WW2 extension has been... read more

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Well worth the time to stop off to see and enjoy the exhibition of World War 1 aviation history. The exhibits have been masterly crafted and currently a WW2 extension has been constructed.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is now an area of displays about the second world war - it compliments the original "Knights of the Sky" exhibition - it is of the same very high quality & named "Dangerous Skies" Put at least an hour aside for this display or two hours for the both of them. There is also a good cafe on site.... More 

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We were passing through and I booked a 20 minute joyride for my husbands "special" birthday. The booking process was very easy and efficient by email in advance. On the day the weather was bad so the flight was cancelled till the next day. Well worth the wait as the weather was amazing. The plane was a Stearman biplane with... More 

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The "Knights of the Sky" and "Dangerous Skies" exhibits were illuminating and extremely well done. Well worth the visit and afternoon exploring this unique spot.

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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Peter Jackson (Director of Lord of the Rings etc) decided to build this facility to house his growing aviation collection and created an innovative display. The displays help tell the stories visually better than any other aviation museum I have visited across the world. Best of all many of the aircraft are still flying and regularly take to the skies... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As an aviation enthusiast it was great to see all these aircraft so beautifully displayed. Peter Jackson's skills are evident throughout with most displayed in dioramas rather than just 'parked' in an exhibition hall. We did both Knights of the Sky (WW1) and Dangerous Skies (WW2). There is a section in the first exhibition where former WW1 pilots talk about... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I thought I would be bored but from the moment we stepped inside I was fascinated. The planes flying when WW 1 started were literally held together with string. They were marvels of the age. But in the 4 years of war aircraft developed into solid reliable machines. The 'still life' displays are amazing. Put together by Weta Workshop staff... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We recently visited Omaha and we're fascinated by the display of WW1 warbirds, so when we heard they had opened the WW2 planes we knew we should visit. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and came away intrigued by the condition and stories behind these planes. The gentleman who was employed there kept me interested with stories and features on the... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Second visit...this time to catch the new second world war exhibit well worth the trip....caught a PBY taking off on video as we were leaving....a wonderful display.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

No matter who you are, an aviation buff, a war expert, just a person interested in flying the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim is incredible. Peter Jackson of Weta Workshop fame has spun his magic again.Realism right down to the watery mud round the WW1 ambulance rushing to help an severely injured pilot. The figures are life size and... More 

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