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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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Passed this sign in Blenheim and thought why not. What a surprise, really interesting museum. Great day out

Reviewed 25 March 2017
Andy T
London, United Kingdom
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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Whilst it clearly has Peter Jacksons touch on the exhibition it is not as good as Te Papa Gallipoli exhibition. If your into aviation then this will be a 5 out of 5. The diaramas are good and the collection of memorabilia impressive especially part of the "the Red Barons" plane. Downside was expensive entry and little interaction for a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 March 2017

Passed this sign in Blenheim and thought why not. What a surprise, really interesting museum. Great day out

Thank Andy T
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 24 March 2017

This has to be one of the most brilliant informative aviation museums I have been too . The displays and information are absolutely incredible .Plus the movie of the Battle of Stalingrad I had no idea that so many soldiers and civilians lost their lives. Highly recommend anyone to visit plus an added bonus of cafe with delicious cakes to... More 

Thank Anita506
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

We were expecting it to be interesting, but it was way better than that. The film on Stalingrad was incredibly shocking and the numbers of soldiers lost just staggering. But the stories of women in the war, women pilots in a man's world, women who did the rest of us proud, were the highlight for us. I can't recommend it... More 

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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Stopped in this museum on the recommendation of the hotel. Amazing history and displays. Spent 2 hours but needed more time. Highly recommend a visit.

Thank 134rick
Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Very good aviation exhibition with a nice airport that is very accommodating to pilots and visitors a must visit

Thank a h
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

I found out about the aviation museum from another friends visit in the same week. What a wonderful surprise. The collection, the settings, the history on display was wonderful. The 'sets' that have been designed around the planes offer a sense of historical context and are of exceptional quality. We did both WWI and WWII areas and it was worth... More 

Thank DomAustralia
Havelock North, New Zealand
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

We took the combo option with WWI & WWII aeroplanes and memorabilia. This has to be the finest display of WWI aircraft anywhere. We don't hear very much about the Russian air battles in WWII but here there were Russian aircraft on display with a full account of the battle for Moscow and the destruction of Leningrad. A simulated video... More 

Thank TykeHBNewZealand
Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

This was such an interesting place to visit. We only did the WW1 museum -saving the others for our next visit! So informative and well displayed. I particularly enjoyed the personal stories and accounts of these very brave pilots.

Thank llherr
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We couldn't have imagined how interesting Omaka would be. The exhibit displays are very well designed and executed. Each vignette has a lot of information about the aircraft, its history, its use, etc.

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