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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 23 October 2017

The sets are incredible! Felt like I was on a movie set. Great guides with loads of info! I am not into aviation, went for my husband, but was pleasantly surprised

Thank rite2sara
Rachael B, Marketing Manager at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2017

Hi Sara, we are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the time you spent with us. Thank you for taking one for the team! Best regards Rachael

Reviewed 21 October 2017

Although we were only able to do the WWII side of the museum (has a WWI, side to, done by reknowned Movie Director Peter Jackson) we were transported in time to WWII with incredible displays and reenactment of the fighting that took place in then,...More

Thank curtsusu
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Excellent presentation and engaging content plus really lovely, enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides. The mix of planes, personal stories and artefacts supplemented by a short film relating to Stalingrad esp the powerful statistics about casualties from different countries was a real education. All round excellent museum...More

Thank simonwilliams20
Reviewed 19 October 2017

Absolutely awesome collections of WW1 and WW2 aircraft - lovingly restored and displayed - some are still able to fly and do. Great display supported by history and events of the time. Thank you Peter Jackson for helping to create this great space. Even I...More

Thank FamilyChisholm
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

The Omaha Aviation Centre proved to be more than the usual display of planes and related items. Informative and some very well staged elements make this a Centre with a bit of difference. Well worth the visit.

Thank debaus17
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

Even if you think you’re not interested in ancient aircraft, this is an interesting museum. See all the types of bombers and fighters from both wars, learn about the ace Russian women pilots, view an immersive 8-minute film about the Battle of Stalingrad, and appreciate...More

Thank Bi-coaster
Reviewed 14 October 2017

having been involved with the build of the ww2 hangar i have a biased opinion. after all the trials and tribulations it has turned out to be a marvellous asset to the Aviation Heritage Centre. A real asset to Marlborough tourism

Thank James L
Reviewed 13 October 2017

We came upon this museum whilst travelling in Blenheim in the rain. It provides a unique opportunity to get up close with the first flying plans. These precarious machines revealed the challenges facing the early pioneers and the progression of design during the turbulent war...More

Thank Jill B
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Great dramatic displays with plenty of information. The Stalingrad experience was particularly thought provoking.

Thank Kate H
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Who knew you’d find such an amazing museum with awesome planes hanging from the ceiling, real original clothing and other artefacts from the world wars, not too gruesome for kids and a lovely cafe and garden.

Thank Cossie777
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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