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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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Reviewed 17 November 2017

This is an outstanding attraction, part museum and part recreation of famous aircraft, battles and aces of WWI and WWII. I managed to convince my wife to go with me and even she said she enjoyed it, and we didn't rush either. If you want...More

Thank SanFranciscoGuy634
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Don't miss this gem of a museum - features expertly refurbished aircraft displayed in dramatic dioramas. Also an extensive collection of uniforms, instruments and personal items belonging to famous Allied and Axis pilots. See the Red Baron's triplane. Stunning presentation describing the unfathomly large number...More

Thank martha d
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Really enjoyed this visit and learned a great deal, particularly about the First World War and the role of aviation. The exhibits were first class, with lots of great information. Not your typical "museum " experience.

Thank Gordon B
Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Must see these exhibitions if you have any interest in aviation. The displays of lesser known warbirds us outstanding. There is also a car museum next door that we didn't visit. If you are on a cruise ship hire a car and also visit the...More

Thank Ian L
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Sir Peter Jackson has collected an amazing treasure trove of First World War artifacts. Then you get to the life size soldier lying in his bunk - so realistic ! Courtesy of Weta Workshops. The aircraft are stunning, some original, most replicas but so brilliantly...More

Thank Adrian G
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Just visited the WW1 exhibit - fantastic collection of aircraft and memorabilia. Especially interesting was the display of artifacts from the Red Baron and his family. Plenty of parking, toilets and a small cafe on site.

Thank Helen C
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

For a tiny little town and a smallish museum, this one impresses. Great displays that are realistically set up. Guides are knowledgeable and enthusiastic. For someone who has had to endure too many museums with her history fanatic husband, I was quite impressed. Not bored...More

Thank Trudy R
Rachael B, Marketing Manager at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2017

Thank you Trudy, your review made us smile, a lot!

Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Coming from Aus it was great to see another heritage centre that focused on the wars and conflicts of the past. Every exhibition was amazing and the guides are full of knowledge who can fill in some gaps for you. The movie is a MUST!!

Thank AmziJLouden
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

Wow, this exhibition is world class and I really can’t say enough about it! The personal collection of Sir Peter Jackson is incredibly well curated and the exhibition as a whole, absolutely wonderful. This exhibition is not just for war or aviation enthusiasts, it is...More

Thank LoveDining77
Reviewed 31 October 2017

This display is beautifully collected and displayed. Volunteers were amazing and friendly. Well worth a look.

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13 October 2017|
Response from Rachael B | Property representative |
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
12 October 2017|
Response from Rachael B | Property representative |
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
12 October 2017|
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Response from Rachael B | Property representative |
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