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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 1 May 2017

Peter Jackson, of Lord of the Rings fame, has been a collector of WW1 aircraft memorabilia since childhood. He has used his film-making experience to sethis aircraft in realistic scenarios.

Thank AlandeWalden
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Well worth the time to stop off to see and enjoy the exhibition of World War 1 aviation history. The exhibits have been masterly crafted and currently a WW2 extension has been constructed.

Thank 814stuartt
Reviewed 30 April 2017

There is now an area of displays about the second world war - it compliments the original "Knights of the Sky" exhibition - it is of the same very high quality & named "Dangerous Skies" Put at least an hour aside for this display or...More

Thank Gerald B
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We were passing through and I booked a 20 minute joyride for my husbands "special" birthday. The booking process was very easy and efficient by email in advance. On the day the weather was bad so the flight was cancelled till the next day. Well...More

Thank RobboNewZealand
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

The "Knights of the Sky" and "Dangerous Skies" exhibits were illuminating and extremely well done. Well worth the visit and afternoon exploring this unique spot.

Thank Deborah W
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Peter Jackson (Director of Lord of the Rings etc) decided to build this facility to house his growing aviation collection and created an innovative display. The displays help tell the stories visually better than any other aviation museum I have visited across the world. Best...More

Thank Seattle-Maddog
Reviewed 27 April 2017

As an aviation enthusiast it was great to see all these aircraft so beautifully displayed. Peter Jackson's skills are evident throughout with most displayed in dioramas rather than just 'parked' in an exhibition hall. We did both Knights of the Sky (WW1) and Dangerous Skies...More

Thank Gadabouts95
Reviewed 27 April 2017

I thought I would be bored but from the moment we stepped inside I was fascinated. The planes flying when WW 1 started were literally held together with string. They were marvels of the age. But in the 4 years of war aircraft developed into...More

Thank lovemarlborough2014
Reviewed 27 April 2017 via mobile

We recently visited Omaha and we're fascinated by the display of WW1 warbirds, so when we heard they had opened the WW2 planes we knew we should visit. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and came away intrigued by the condition and stories behind these planes....More

Thank whowesit
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Second visit...this time to catch the new second world war exhibit well worth the trip....caught a PBY taking off on video as we were leaving....a wonderful display.

Thank gus3382016
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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