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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
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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To one and all I highly recommend for you to adventure out to this trip back in time . It is very well thought out. Well explained. And the graffics are breathtaking. Everything... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
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Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

To one and all I highly recommend for you to adventure out to this trip back in time . It is very well thought out. Well explained. And the graffics are breathtaking. Everything is carefully maintained to the almost realistic life like images of the exact moment in past pre ww1, ww2 history.

Thank aaron n
Blenheim, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

more people sould know about it. I like the word war 2 bit . The theather is the best of all. I love the air show.

Thank anne_clifford
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

This is a Peter Jackson-backed affair so the actual aircraft displays, primarily at this stage focusing on WW1, are excellent as one would expect. If you have seen the large displays at the Gallipoli exhibition at Te Papa, you will know the level of detail to expect. At this time there is a small WW2 section. The whole affair will... More 

Thank DrStoat
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

OAHC had something for everyone. Many displays, action packed surround theater and fascinating historical data on WW1 and WW2 era aviators and aircraft. Be sure you allow enough time to visit both hangers whether or not you have a passion for that era...it's worth the visit.

Thank CaptainKarenKahn
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

Our volunteer guide was very well versed in the WWI history and knew many anecdotes and stories of the era. He made it all come alive

Thank doctorhal
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

Outstanding display with life like settings due to Sir Peter Jackson's movie making skills. Full of full size replica and original planes from WW1 and WW11 plus much more. A hugh aray of memorabilia. A must for not just aviation buffs, but all ages male and female. Took me back to my model aeroplane days

Thank Robert T
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

When I built Airfix models they were at a scale of 1:72. Sir Peter Jackson does them true-scale and they really have to be seen to be believed. Even if you're not a fan of model planes or war history, I'd challenge anyone to say that they weren't impressed by this exhibition.

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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped by here for a visit. Worth doing WW1 and 2 if you're here. I think WW1 is what Sir Peter Jackson did. Absolutely fascinating learning all the history, and everything in the cabinets in the WW1 section is actual memorabilia (not replicas). Great walk around. Allow at least an hour for both exhibits.

Thank Courtenay W
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

This aviation museum is a cut above anything that you will ever see. There are full size planes hanging from the ceiling in amazing scenarios and a history of the race to develop the next big thing in the history of aerial combat. The collections are extensive and some of the stories heart wrenching. Numerous pieces of memorabilia from the... More 

Thank SteveS1970
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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

If you are interested in WW1, WW2 or Vintage aviation this place is great as you can get up close to these original and reproduction aircraft.

Thank Tristan M

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