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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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Simple and direct: a world class experience. On its own deserves a visit to New Zealand. Amazing collection of original and beautifully replicated planes . Their histories are... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2017
Liesbeth B
Antwerp, Belgium
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Simple and direct: a world class experience. On its own deserves a visit to New Zealand. Amazing collection of original and beautifully replicated planes . Their histories are brought to life in spectacular set designs. The impressive collection of memorabilia from all sides of the war experience are carefully researched and each element has a captivating story behind, well explained.... More 

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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Thank you Peter Jackson for making this historical wonder a possibility. Really overwhelming. So much detail and variety of displays. We only saw the WW1 wing. The wall of poppies is striking.

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

An unforgettable compilation of historical aircraft and filmmaking expertise makes this a unique experience, make sure you allow plenty of time to linger and absorb all the fascinating details.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

This is a must see in Blenheim. Its a world classs exhibition of world war 1 and 11 aircraft. Done by Peter Jackson which really says it all

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Reviewed 8 March 2017

Had a great time at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre - visiting both the WW1 and WW2 exhibitions. Displays are set up in most cases as static re-enactments of the actual situation in which they may have been with mannequins and scenery to match. A number of planes are still airworthy which is a nice touch and while some are more... More 

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

On checking in to our motel, we asked the owner what attractions she would recommend we visit when in Blenheim. She recommended the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, amongst other things, and how glad we were that she made this recommendation. The visit to the Centre provided us with a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Even if you aren't either an aviation buff,... More 

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Not really a museum lover, but this really captivated me, it was a lovely balance of facts, and very clever presentation. Between the maritime museum in Auckland and this centre, I really rate New Zealand as the best as far as museums are concerned.

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

This is the most brilliantly put together museum. Also very evocative of what it must have been like to fly a boxwood and balsa kite! Not to be missed.

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Reviewed 4 March 2017

A superbly presented aviation exhibition with the added benefit of volunteer staff who are willing to spend time making sure you get the most out of your visit. Some of the exhibits are extraordinary. The way they are presented gives you a real feel for what it must have been like at the time. If you only have time for... More 

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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

Great visit to the Omaka Aviation museum. As a life long professional aviator this ranks as one of the best aviation museums out there. The new WW2 display is excellent. Well worth a visit if you are in Blenheim.

Thank Chris D

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