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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
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Best display of World War 1 aircraft

We had a wonderful two hours at this museum. The displays are so authentic and realistic. There is a beautiful display of 5,000 red poppies that local people made to commemorate... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 18 February 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful two hours at this museum. The displays are so authentic and realistic. There is a beautiful display of 5,000 red poppies that local people made to commemorate World War 1 1914-18. The museum is only 30mins from Picton so hire a car and venture out.

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Whangaparaoa, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Wow, what a brilliant exhibition, perfection for atmosphere, telling the stories of WW1and WW11 epic

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Amazing collection of WW I and II planes and memorabilia of Sir Peter Jackson who made the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies. His movie expertise is demonstrated in the exhibits which come alive through the use of mannequins and staging. The tours are given by older aviators. Spent a whole day and didn't see it all.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

This was on our list of things to visit whilst in NZ and we were not disappointed. The scenes that are created using the finest film making tricks really put the aircraft in context and add a real human side to the stories. My only reservation was the quality of the tour. To be fair our guide only had 30... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is a must see museum in 2 parts WW1 and WW2. The exhibits are absolutely amazing as to be expected given Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor's input and support. Highly recommended...

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Museum is divided into two section WW1 and WW2 you can choose to visit either or both. Quit expensive to do the two unless you have the time to do them both justice. We opted for WW1 and were impressed with the displays. Excellent , go visit if you are in the area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

What a fantastic exhibition with a collection of WW1 planes and masses of information and memorabilia. Spent a fantastic 2 hours there and my wife who is no plane fan, was also engrossed. And the way it's been set up brings it to life. It's expanding too so will take even longer next time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Stopped for coffees before heading into the WW1 Exhibit. I ordered Mochaccino Coffee which was average, but loved that it is served with the kiwiana Jetplane ! Enjoyed the museum, fabulous attention to details displays and extensive information and collections but $78 for my husband and i to spend 2 hours here, viewing WW1 + WW2 exhibits is WAY on... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Located outside of Blenheim this aviation museum is a must see. There is quite an extensive collection of WW1 airplanes. The exhibits look so realistic. Pilots are represented by life size mannequins. Each display gives a lot of details about the plane. There are even unusual events or circumstances mentioned about some planes like the "Grid's great escape". Also there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This was a great museum. The displays are cinematic quality and the memorabilia and films make the museum experience come alive.

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