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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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WWI and WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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Knights of the Sky - The Great War Exhibition in Blenheim
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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 24 April 2017

No matter who you are, an aviation buff, a war expert, just a person interested in flying the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim is incredible. Peter Jackson of Weta Workshop fame has spun his magic again.Realism right down to the watery mud round the...More

Thank shirleanmcc
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Sadley we only had time to to see Knights of the Sky. I am not an aviation fan but this is fantastic. I appreciate the planes but I really like the personal stories. Do yourself a favor allow plenty of time and go for a...More

Thank UBIQUE105
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Great place to learn about planes and war planes. Great experience. Shop was good and a small coffee stand in the lobby area. I would highly recommend this to travellers who like museums. Great displays!

Thank SamuelCase
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Having already been through WW1 (which is excellent). Today we went through WW2. Fantastic to see the aircraft, some of which still fly. The life like people, along with the Spitfire, Avro Ansen, Yak 3, just amazing. Also the WW2 memorabilia . Highly recommend visiting...More

Thank tresag7201
Reviewed 23 April 2017

A bi-annual event that I was lucky enough to be in NZ at the time. The show was well organised, something happening all the time and plenty of refreshments at good prices. A fantastic day out! My rating is for the airshow, rather than just...More

1  Thank Yvonne L
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This aviation museum is one of the best three in the world and I can definitely recommend it for a visit.

Thank Sabine L
Reviewed 20 April 2017

The museum is superbly laid out and the staff are helpful and knowledgeable. But what really stands out is the standard and originality of the exhibits and the rarity value. A part of the Red Baron's aircraft; an eerie portrait of Goering and a genuine...More

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

The displays were expertly put together and really brought to life the exhibits. To see the number of historic WWI aircraft on display was great for anyone with an interest in history or aviation. They had an airshow displaying craft over the Easter weekend, unfortunately...More

Thank chrisburgess24
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This is a private collection of mostly WWI vintage aircraft and most are in flying condition. As we entered the gate the fellow told us we were lucky as today was a special day, entry fees reduced ($20 each) and that got us in to...More

Thank Kenneth H
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Very helpful volunteers and staff. We very much enjoyed our visit and learnt heaps very much recommend a visit to here

Thank Phyllis B
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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