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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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Knights of the Sky - The Great War Exhibition in Blenheim
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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 10 May 2017 via mobile

Spent most of the day there. Very good museum. Rated top 3 in the world. Lots of info and aeroplane models from world war 1 and 2 that are still operational today. Worth the visit.

Thank Michelle S
Reviewed 10 May 2017

I attended the Classic Fighters Airshow for the fourth time including the Aviation Heritage Centre and have never been disappointed with either. The dioramas in which the aircraft are positioned are outstanding, with special stories attached to most of the displays. Sir Peter Jackson's collection...More

Thank Jim_CathyBlacktown
Reviewed 9 May 2017

The greeting is warm and friendly. The exhibits are well-presented and extremely interesting. It is supported by a great cafe. The entry price is not inexpensive but is good alue.

Thank pjr122
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

I attend the Warbirds airshow this year, what a hoot! Just brilliant, set in the beautiful vineyards of Marlborough. My airplane nutter Mate and I purchased platinum tickets and had the best of the seating, food and NZ wines to enjoy while watching a spectacular...More

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Reviewed 4 May 2017

I bring young people that I am mentoring here everytime I have a new young person. It's mind blowing for some of them and I love to see how much they get out of it.

Thank TripChick2015
Reviewed 4 May 2017

We visited the air show. It was excellent. The highlight of the show was the fireworks display but I really enjoyed the aerobatics and the fire dancers as well. The food stalls were interesting and varied and we were able to try local wine and...More

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 4 May 2017

There are a number of original military aircraft from the first and second world wars and some excellent replicas. What could occupy you for many hours are the collections of associated paraphernalia: miltary uniforms; equipment; photographs; letters; information about important military aviation pioneers. I could...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 3 May 2017

We spent 3 hours at this brilliant Centre. Went through both the 1st & 2nd World War exhibitions. Just fantastic. Would live to visit again. The Guides moving through the exhibition offered some very interesting insights into the exhibition. Thoroughly recommended.

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 3 May 2017

We visited this museum in January this year. It was the second time for me and the first for my husband and son. It is an amazing place. Peter Jackson has used his creative genius well and made a museum display well worth going to...More

Thank sueabc1
Reviewed 1 May 2017

We went to see this in 2013 when visiting NZ for three months on our motor bikes I just thought the WW1 planes were wonderful and wanted to see some of them flying Come 2017 we made the trip to the Airshow and also revisited...More

Thank Jill H
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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