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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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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

A WW1 and WW2 museum with fantastic displays of aircraft. Well worth a visit if in the area. The museum is extremely informative regarding the early development of aircraft in WW1

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

We only had time for one of the displays and chose the WW1. Amazing collection and so much reading. Great to see those old planes and the history of the pilots flying them. Al & Anne King - Auckland

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Amazing collection and display of vintage planes. So very well done. In addition to the displays the stories are very informative

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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Peter Jackson's private collection is fantastic and the staff have done a exceptional job restoring vintage aircraft. These aircraft are set in authentic settings which significantly adds to the experience. The museum provides a personal tour with a well-informed guide to explain the exhibits. Headsets...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

We had a few spare hours and this place was recommended and I have to say we were not disappointed. There two exhibits each based around one of the world war and the aviators involved. If you go expecting lots of interactive all singing all...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

This little known place is world class. I have visited aviation museums in a number of countries and the Omaka Aviation heritage Centre easily beats them all. A extremely well designed and presented collection of WW1 and WW2 aircraft and memorabilia. For aviation enthusiasts this...More

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

The Heritage Centre didn't disappoint. Allow several hours or do what we did, we went through one section - went for lunch at a nearby winery and back to do the other section .Really amazing interesting exhibits with stunning WWI memorabilia from Peter Jackson's private...More

Thank tfdivers
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Visited this amazing museum on recommendation from family who had visited a few years ago. Absolutely loved it, so well done and very interesting, a real credit to Peter Jackson and the creators - definitely put on your 'to do' list!

Thank Jenzca
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

In Blenheim for a long weekend, with another couple, the men were very keen to visit the Omaka Aviation Centre. Have to confess we women were less enthralled, however, within moments of entering the first exhibition, we were totally engrossed - such realistic depictions of...More

Thank Virginia M
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit. Interesting and informative! Only had time for the WW1 exhibition, but well worth it.

Thank Linda K
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If your ship is docking at Waimahara then it is a 1.8km drive to Picton i-Site. There are shuttles organised by the ship's ground handlers to take passengers directly to the i-Site unless you have already booked a shore... More
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There is a Hop On Hop Off bus service that operates from the Picton i-site. There are shuttles that will take you here to connect with this and other independent tours/transport providers. You do not need to buy tickets to... More
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There is also a new Hop On Hop Off Marlborough bus service that operates that will bring you to Omaka. This departs from the Picton i-Site, shuttles will take you from the Port to connect with this and other independent... More
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