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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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Address: 79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+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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What a great collection

I found out about the aviation museum from another friends visit in the same week. What a wonderful surprise. The collection, the settings, the history on display was wonderful... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2017
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

I found out about the aviation museum from another friends visit in the same week. What a wonderful surprise. The collection, the settings, the history on display was wonderful. The 'sets' that have been designed around the planes offer a sense of historical context and are of exceptional quality. We did both WWI and WWII areas and it was worth... More 

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Havelock North, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

We took the combo option with WWI & WWII aeroplanes and memorabilia. This has to be the finest display of WWI aircraft anywhere. We don't hear very much about the Russian air battles in WWII but here there were Russian aircraft on display with a full account of the battle for Moscow and the destruction of Leningrad. A simulated video... More 

Thank TykeHBNewZealand
Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

This was such an interesting place to visit. We only did the WW1 museum -saving the others for our next visit! So informative and well displayed. I particularly enjoyed the personal stories and accounts of these very brave pilots.

Thank llherr
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We couldn't have imagined how interesting Omaka would be. The exhibit displays are very well designed and executed. Each vignette has a lot of information about the aircraft, its history, its use, etc.

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Very sobering. The facts these people have gathered are very thought provoking. The planes they have on display are remarkable. The set up of these planes in the scenes of war and destruction unbelievable. The man walking around with the extra information has a wealth of knowledge. The memorabilia collected and displayed is massive. This is a place all families... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Someone must have spent a huge amount of money to collect and present all these aircraft and mementoes from the history of aviation. Each story board represented a lot of research into the background of each artifact on display. For those who do not want to read the detail, the skills of the movie industry have been used to great... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

We really enjoyed the WW2 section of this museum. Very informative and moving. Wish we had time to do both sections including WW1.

Thank LeeH52
Renwick, New Zealand
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

A must when visiting Marlborough, I've been to many exhibitions around the world and this is definitely up there. Something locals can be proud of. Excellent experience, even if a casual enthusiast.

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

We expected to stay for two hours but stayed for four and still could have stayed longer. Very well laid out, informative museum and helpful staff.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

As numerous reviewers have remarked this is without doubt a world-class museum and worth coming to Blenheim just to see it. The aircraft are superb but New Zealanders will recognize the stamp of Weta Workshop as the machines don't just sit there mutely, but are often surrounded by a tableau that tells a story, a good example being the crash... More 

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