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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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Dangerous Skies WWII Exhibition at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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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 5 June 2017 via mobile

Suprisingly good. I took our family who were visiting from the UK. I thought $25 was a bit expensive until i went in. I was pleasantly surprised. It is very interesting and the staff are more than happy to answer any question. My family said...More

Thank 236lorrainer
Reviewed 5 June 2017

There are collectibles that are the envy of other museums. A guided tour will open your eyes to the history of flying, through the innovations and flying aces of WW1. We didn't do a tour but we let the roving guide show us some of...More

Thank Saska2nian
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Excellent displays of World War ! "knights of the Sky"and World War 2 "Dangerous Skies" Aviation history displayed in 2 separate hangers well worth a visit to see the human interest factor.

Thank Helen C
Reviewed 3 June 2017

These displays are so well done, with Weta Workshop figures that could be easily mistaken for real people making the aircraft look as if they are in a real war environment. A really good museum that can't be missed

Thank Andy H
Reviewed 29 May 2017

The set up is very well done. The planes are amazing, but the memorabilia (I understand, most of it is Sir Peter Jackson's personal collection) is phenomenal. What I most enjoyed was that all sides of the war was told - there is a lot...More

Thank Scirocco11
Reviewed 28 May 2017

oh my gosh this was unbelieveably good. We went thinking it would take us an hour and took more like a good 2-2.5. Was absolutely fantastic. Felt incrediably fortunate to be able to experience so much history. Thank you to all the contributors to allowing...More

Thank Jedsmom
Reviewed 27 May 2017

History at it best. Take your time going through this as it well worth it. If your lucky you may even get a personal tour from one of the many team members there.

Thank Trent W
Reviewed 24 May 2017

This is an amazing display of aircraft in an animated environment. Very easy to look at compared to many I have seen overseas. I am impressed.

Thank helebarba
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

This is awesome..the museum is filled with information I learned so much. And to see an actual piece of the red Baron plane was awesome.

Thank Fearon B
Reviewed 19 May 2017

The aviation heritage centre has gathered together an outstanding collection of historic aircraft. A particular speciality is World War One, which is represented by both original and full scale replica aircraft. The Bristol Freighter on display served SAFE Air for many years carrying cargo between...More

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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