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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent an hour viewing the fascinating dioramas in which all the key aircraft participating in World War I were displayed. As an aircraft enthusiast I’ve visited dozens of aviation museums in Europe and the United States but this one with its Weka designed ‘movie...More

Thank Chymron
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent an hour or so here and are very glad we did. There is just the right amount of information to not be too overwhelming, and the aircraft are artfully maintained and displayed.

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great afternoon going through this magnificent museum. So much to see and the staff there are extremely knowledgeable. You won’t find a better aviation museum anywhere else like it in the Southern Hemisphere

Thank Twochilledoutkiwis
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Must visit! An amazing collection of WWI and WWII aircraft, and related aviation items. Absolutely first class whether you are a history buff or an absolute novice.

Thank CoachDave37
Reviewed 13 January 2018

Yes, it's too expensive. Something close to $40 for both hangars, but the content is presented quite well, and obviously if the history of aircraft and the wars interest you it's a good good experience. I had it more or less to myself much of...More

Thank daleuark74
Reviewed 11 January 2018

When Weka workshops do airplanes this is what you get. It is incredible! So NOT a hangar full of dull planes. The displays are well spaced out, well lit and with information that is accessible to a wide range of people.

Thank Fiona T
Reviewed 11 January 2018

Another brilliant Sir Peter Jackson exhibit. This is an amazing collection of WWI aeroplanes (replicas) quite a few of which are flying examples. Also an superb collection of artifacts. The life size dioramas are so well done you feel like you just walked into the...More

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Set aside at least an hour to see the Knights of the sky (World War 1) section. This is the best part of the centre. Very friendly staff helped us with our questions. Facilities very tidy and clean. A full on assortment of artifacts and...More

Thank Chris F
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

We squeezed in a visit to the Aviation Heritage centre just prior to heading south to Christchurch. Our only regret is that we could have spent half a day there rather than one hour. It was professionally and thoughtfully done. They had helpful staff around...More

Thank Priscilla K
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

What a great place especially on a fabulous day. Really informative great displays and lots of memorabilia. Lovely little coffee shop with coffee served outside to admire views. Well worth a trip for all ages.

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13 October 2017|
Response from Rachael B | Property representative |
If your ship is docking at Waimahara then it is a 1.8km drive to Picton i-Site. There are shuttles organised by the ship's ground handlers to take passengers directly to the i-Site unless you have already booked a shore... More
12 October 2017|
Response from Rachael B | Property representative |
There is a Hop On Hop Off bus service that operates from the Picton i-site. There are shuttles that will take you here to connect with this and other independent tours/transport providers. You do not need to buy tickets to... More
12 October 2017|
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Response from Rachael B | Property representative |
There is also a new Hop On Hop Off Marlborough bus service that operates that will bring you to Omaka. This departs from the Picton i-Site, shuttles will take you from the Port to connect with this and other independent... More