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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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Had a great time at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre - visiting both the WW1 and WW2 exhibitions. Displays are set up in most cases as static re-enactments of the actual situation... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a great time at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre - visiting both the WW1 and WW2 exhibitions. Displays are set up in most cases as static re-enactments of the actual situation in which they may have been with mannequins and scenery to match. A number of planes are still airworthy which is a nice touch and while some are more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On checking in to our motel, we asked the owner what attractions she would recommend we visit when in Blenheim. She recommended the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, amongst other things, and how glad we were that she made this recommendation. The visit to the Centre provided us with a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Even if you aren't either an aviation buff,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not really a museum lover, but this really captivated me, it was a lovely balance of facts, and very clever presentation. Between the maritime museum in Auckland and this centre, I really rate New Zealand as the best as far as museums are concerned.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the most brilliantly put together museum. Also very evocative of what it must have been like to fly a boxwood and balsa kite! Not to be missed.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A superbly presented aviation exhibition with the added benefit of volunteer staff who are willing to spend time making sure you get the most out of your visit. Some of the exhibits are extraordinary. The way they are presented gives you a real feel for what it must have been like at the time. If you only have time for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great visit to the Omaka Aviation museum. As a life long professional aviator this ranks as one of the best aviation museums out there. The new WW2 display is excellent. Well worth a visit if you are in Blenheim.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

To one and all I highly recommend for you to adventure out to this trip back in time . It is very well thought out. Well explained. And the graffics are breathtaking. Everything is carefully maintained to the almost realistic life like images of the exact moment in past pre ww1, ww2 history.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

more people sould know about it. I like the word war 2 bit . The theather is the best of all. I love the air show.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a Peter Jackson-backed affair so the actual aircraft displays, primarily at this stage focusing on WW1, are excellent as one would expect. If you have seen the large displays at the Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa, you will know the level of detail to expect. At this time there is a small WW2 section. The whole affair will... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OAHC had something for everyone. Many displays, action packed surround theater and fascinating historical data on WW1 and WW2 era aviators and aircraft. Be sure you allow enough time to visit both hangers whether or not you have a passion for that era...it's worth the visit.

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