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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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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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79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are locals and have just visited this amazing place. It really is a "must visit "when in Marlborough. We spent a long time here and will return to revisit. Guides were informative and very knowledgable.

Thank Brownros
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just great! So helpful and well with our young children. Spectacular place a must do! Husband wanted to stay much longer

Thank Jevtash
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We're aviation enthusiasts so it was a collection we'd always have gone to see but it was just amazing. A rich array of real and replica aircraft as well as military uniforms and accessories from around the world all on show in Blenheim! Everything has...More

Thank supermummyNZL
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the Knights of the Skies and the WW2 exhibitions and both were excellent. The guide I had (whose name I have unfortunately forgotten) was awesome. Very knowledgeable and interesting but was not intrusive at all and once he took me through the exhibition...More

Thank Sydneyshopper
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just brilliant to see the very (very) high standard of presentation that has gone into the WW II exhibits. Quite amazing. Very well done to the polite volunteers who act as guides. If you are into history this is a must.

Thank Brent B
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

A must do visit. Really great collection of planes displayed dramatically. Lots of useful and interesting information. The staff were all friendly and very helpful. Great coffee too. Once you've completed your viewing of World War 1 & 2 planes it's worth your while to...More

Thank Mapua1962
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We visited this Heritage Centre a year ago. It is an amazing place. All the exhibits and tableaus are so life like. I really liked the Red Barons plane.

Thank Diane W
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We had heard from friends that the Aviation Heritage Centre was a trip that was well worth while particularly for those interested in first world war aircraft. We were not disappointed. The recreation of battlefield replicas transported you back in time to a time of...More

Thank angus2017007
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

This is one of the best air museums I have ever visited it has two sections First World War and second world. First World War sec. has been built by weta workshops who did lord of the rings etc. it is so real you would...More

Thank Bigalonzo
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

One of our group had visited before & suggested we should go - so glad we made the time, it's an amazing place with something to interest everyone! We only had time for the World War 1 exhibit - but absolutely would recommend it as...More

Thank Julie R
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We are arriving in Picton by cruise ship on 10 January for the day, & wish to visit the Omaka Aviation Centre near Blenheim. The full day shore excursion offered by our cruise line is very expensive & allows time for a visit to the WW1 display only - this particular excursion has received shocking passenger reviews for other attractions visited on the same excursion. Have looked at hiring a car for the day but also very expensive. And buses depart too early in the day from Picton (our cruise doesn't dock in Picton until 10am). I found only one bus that we could possibly catch, leaving Picton at 1pm (then taxi to Centre from Blenheim?), view the Centre, then back to Blenheim (taxi?), then return bus to Picton - $25 per head each way (there are 4 of us). I haven't found any other excursions that allow us adequate time at the Centre, most focus on wineries, with the Centre a sideline. Any detailed suggestions such as: (a) efficient & not outrageous costs of transport Picton-Blenheim-Centre return? (b) any suitable excursion to allow us plenty of time at the Centre? (c) perhaps a personal guide including transport from Picton return? Many thanks Forstergadabout
29 December 2016|
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Response from RachaelBrown29 | Property representative |
Hi Forstergadabout, thank you for your message. The best thing to do would be to contact the Marlborough i-Sites - they have a list of independent operators who will be able to assist with transportation and/or other places... More