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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
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Awesome Perspective on Aviation History

Definitely a must see attraction, allow plenty of time to absorb the wonder of the realistic lifelike displays of historical events in aviation history. Be enthralled by the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely a must see attraction, allow plenty of time to absorb the wonder of the realistic lifelike displays of historical events in aviation history. Be enthralled by the stories behind the events depicted and the amazing artefacts, equipment and possessions of famous figures. The world war1 display is awe inspiring and depicts a much more chivalrous time in history. Even... More 

Thank WilliamRG2014
Ryde, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For anyone who thinks this just another collection of old aircraft you are very much mistaken. It is an experience to be absorbed and savoured over as much time as can be spared - a few hours minimum. The way the exhibits are displayed is so thoughtfully done - simply amazing. For all New Zealanders and visitors from the rest... More 

Thank Michael M
Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a world class exhibition and brought to life aviation history including planes but also brought the stories of war during this time. We met two committed volunteers who made the exhibition even more exciting. Totally recommend it.

Thank LittleMo1955
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the Omaka Heritage Centre late in the day. That was unfortunate as we only had time to visit the WWI airplane museum. It was fascinating! The planes are great, but the stories about the planes and the pilots...made it all quite interesting. They have artifacts from both the Red Baron and Eddie Rickenbacker. While a number of... More 

Thank msbremer
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Whilst it clearly has Peter Jacksons touch on the exhibition it is not as good as Te Papa Gallipoli exhibition. If your into aviation then this will be a 5 out of 5. The diaramas are good and the collection of memorabilia impressive especially part of the "the Red Barons" plane. Downside was expensive entry and little interaction for a... More 

Thank MHIChris
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Passed this sign in Blenheim and thought why not. What a surprise, really interesting museum. Great day out

Thank Andy T
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This has to be one of the most brilliant informative aviation museums I have been too . The displays and information are absolutely incredible .Plus the movie of the Battle of Stalingrad I had no idea that so many soldiers and civilians lost their lives. Highly recommend anyone to visit plus an added bonus of cafe with delicious cakes to... More 

Thank Anita506
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were expecting it to be interesting, but it was way better than that. The film on Stalingrad was incredibly shocking and the numbers of soldiers lost just staggering. But the stories of women in the war, women pilots in a man's world, women who did the rest of us proud, were the highlight for us. I can't recommend it... More 

Thank LewieAuckland
New Hope, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Stopped in this museum on the recommendation of the hotel. Amazing history and displays. Spent 2 hours but needed more time. Highly recommend a visit.

Thank 134rick
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Very good aviation exhibition with a nice airport that is very accommodating to pilots and visitors a must visit

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