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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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The first part of this collection/museum was opened about 5 years ago. The WW1 collection, recreations and diorama's are amazing. You have to see them to believe them. 5 months... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 February 2017
Spokane, Washington
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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

The first part of this collection/museum was opened about 5 years ago. The WW1 collection, recreations and diorama's are amazing. You have to see them to believe them. 5 months ago, a smaller but equally important WW2 collection was opened. Although not as big, this collection really tells the story of aviation in the last world war. The final section... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

This museum is definitely worth wile to visit. The ancient warplanes from WW I are so genuine and the presentations are made so realistic that this is a MUST see museum.

Thank Wimmeenink
Castletown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Brilliant time here - very worthwhile visit - the detail and interpretation is wonderful and the guide there was amazing with all the information at his fingertips. WW1 exhibition was wonderful. Then went to the WW2 centre and it just blew us away - all the handmade poppies on their stands was very poignant.

Thank Anne B
Barnawartha, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

I was blown away with the detail in the various displays, the aircraft and the amount of work put into developing this attraction. Was most diffidently worth the visit. Is suitable for all ages.

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Reigate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Taking advantage of a rare rainy day (well, rare to us in our many years of visiting New Zealand) we thought we'd visit somewhere we'd been planning to go for many years, the Aviation Heritage Centre at Omaka. Arriving at the reception, we had to decide which of the two exhibitions to visit, or to try both. They are fairly... More 

Thank Robin S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Travelled from Nelson to visit here with my husband and broher-in -law who are both into their WW aviation. Really worthwhile, even interesting for someone who isn't really into war, like me. There is a cafe but not a lot to choose from, we were looking to have lunch but only food for morning or afternoon tea.

Thank Janice P
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

This is a super wee place to spend a half day. The exhibits are first class and the settings, as influenced by Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson, are wonderfully evocative and ultra realistic. I paid $39 for guided tour of both the WW1 and new WW2 hangers and it was well worth it 😀

Thank davew99
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Great exhibition better than I expected fabulous display of old WW1and WW2planes plus history and memorabilia ! Recommended for young and older boys and girls interested in planes and flying.

Thank Sally-ann F
Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Good safe place for families to visit . Lots of interest for all to see and reasonably priced as well.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

WW1 and WW2 dioramas incorporating original and replica aircraft, many of which are in flying condition. There is also the option of a scenic flight in a Stearman open cockpit biplane.

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