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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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Aviation lover's dream museum

Outstanding display with life like settings due to Sir Peter Jackson's movie making skills. Full of full size replica and original planes from WW1 and WW11 plus much more. A hugh... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our volunteer guide was very well versed in the WWI history and knew many anecdotes and stories of the era. He made it all come alive

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outstanding display with life like settings due to Sir Peter Jackson's movie making skills. Full of full size replica and original planes from WW1 and WW11 plus much more. A hugh aray of memorabilia. A must for not just aviation buffs, but all ages male and female. Took me back to my model aeroplane days

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When I built Airfix models they were at a scale of 1:72. Sir Peter Jackson does them true-scale and they really have to be seen to be believed. Even if you're not a fan of model planes or war history, I'd challenge anyone to say that they weren't impressed by this exhibition.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by here for a visit. Worth doing WW1 and 2 if you're here. I think WW1 is what Sir Peter Jackson did. Absolutely fascinating learning all the history, and everything in the cabinets in the WW1 section is actual memorabilia (not replicas). Great walk around. Allow at least an hour for both exhibits.

Thank Courtenay W
Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This aviation museum is a cut above anything that you will ever see. There are full size planes hanging from the ceiling in amazing scenarios and a history of the race to develop the next big thing in the history of aerial combat. The collections are extensive and some of the stories heart wrenching. Numerous pieces of memorabilia from the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are interested in WW1, WW2 or Vintage aviation this place is great as you can get up close to these original and reproduction aircraft.

Thank Tristan M
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The displays of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre are impressive by size and surprising in details. They offer a unique take on the great war and invite the audience to engage and learn more about this fascinating part of our modern history. Spot on!

Thank Robin_Laura
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a privilege it was to spend a few hours at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Loved the formal tour, lead by knowledgeable and interesting guides, as it afforded the opportunity to learn so much more in the amount of time I had available and it put a personal touch on the experience. Well done to the Centre and Sir Peter... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We came here as my husband loves planes and war history. I found it very interesting as someone who is not at all into aircrafts or war! We spent about 3 hrs looking at both exhibitions. Good for something different to do from all the wineries!

Thank Mia W
Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Only had time for a shortish visit (about 1 hour) towards the end of a recent day-trip to Blenheim, and was advised (correctly) to just do the WW2 display - NZD 20 admission for that. Exhibition includes Hurricane, Spitfire, Stuka, Avro Anson, and unusually a Russian Yak fighter, with good info and memorabilia displays too. Enjoyed it, will return to... More 

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