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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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WWI and WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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Knights of the Sky - The Great War Exhibition in Blenheim
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Dangerous Skies WWII Exhibition at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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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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79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The Aviation Centre is well worth a visit even if you are not that interested in flying. The history and display is incredible. There is so much information that you need to allow plenty of time but it is well laid out and interesting.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

I took my dad who was visiting us to the Omaka Aviation Center. His first impression was "they are alive, aren't they?". The monuments are wonderfully rendered, their expressions so real, I can say I've travelled back in time! There are so much to say...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

This was a little NZ surprise; didn't expect to go to an aviation or war museum in NZ but one of our hosts told us about it and hubby is a military history buff who also is into aviation so it was a must do....More

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

This whiled away a happy couple of hours, as we admired the brilliant tableaux in which the old planes were displayed.

Thank Walkinggranny
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

This is a real gem of a museum. There are two sections, one based on WW1 and the other on WW2. The displays ooze with the influence of Peter Jackson. The planes are superbly presented and the information associated with each display tells great tales...More

Thank Noel M
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

Unbelievable how a small place such as Blenheim can have a world class museum - but here it is. The settings put together by Weta workshops from Lord of the Rings fame.

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Reviewed 2 March 2018

One of the exhibits - a very realistic film show of a city under siege - should maybe have a warning for those who may have health problems.

Thank KiwiskanFly
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

I had missed out on the Peter Jackson exhibit in the Te Papa Museum so i had to make sure i saw his aeroplane museum in Blenheim. I did both World Wars (1 & 2) and the exhibits were outstanding as was the information they...More

Thank Marcus R
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

We arrived at opening time an opted to see the Peter Jackson owned WWI exhibition. It was amazing to see how fragile the early aircraft were (wood, cloth and wires) It was also interesting to note the speed at which new innovation was adopted. The...More

Thank Kiwiseley
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

You don’t have to be an aeroplane buff to enjoy this museum. It is an amazing journey through World War 1 and 2 with lifelike people and settings and a huge collection of memorabilia. Not to be missed

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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
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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
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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
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