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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 11 July 2017

Anyone going to Blenehim should make the time to visit this. The amount of avaiation history was outstanding.

Thank Martyn B
Reviewed 9 July 2017

We really enjoyed the lifelike displays and stories accompanying the exhibits in the World War I and II displays. The exhibition was very well laid out, giving a mix of serious information and more lighthearted stories. We particularly enjoyed the film on the bombing of...More

Thank Helene G
Reviewed 7 July 2017

love the place. Took the grandson at least twelve times over the last year. See and read something different every visit.

Thank 644robyn
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We bought tickets to both the WW1 And WW2 exhibitions - they were both truly amazing. So lifelike you could have been here and full of history. These aviator were truly very brave men. The entry price may seem quite a lot but it is...More

Thank Sue S
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Very recommended. We didn't go in peak season so we were the only people in the museum. Presented very well.

Thank Angela C
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

We had a flying visit (excuse the pun) as we only had a couple of hrs to look around this place before we had to fly back to the north island we only went in the ww1 exhibit and it was really good and massive...More

Thank Skymanmark
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

Really interesting place, especially the WW1 display. Lots of interesting displays which are easy to get lost in, 3 hours went by in no time. WW2 display was smaller and not as unique so if you are pushed for time you could miss this one....More

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Reviewed 18 June 2017

A must see if visiting Blenheim. Absolutel amazing details and the other collections are astounding: china from the Hindenburg and uniforms worn by Generals etc

Thank Elaine J
Reviewed 17 June 2017

To be honest not sure what i was expecting but this place is great. Fantastic collection on show. A define if visiting Marlborough

Thank ODwyerSINZ
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Let me start by saying I'm not that into planes...I only went here because my husband does. I was surprised at the high cost of entry...overpriced in for what you see in my opinion. The museum does have good narration/plaques as well as local guides...More

Thank Ryan C
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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