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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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Dangerous Skies WWII Exhibition at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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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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79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Omaka is world class, we have visited many times and always go back. They have a fantastic collection of vintage planes, memoribilia and cars, and the ground staff in the center are amazing with lots of knowledge. The flying days are great to watch local...More

Thank jac_c44
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Great value for money. The new experiential WWII display is spectacular. Highly recommended. Not to be missed.

Thank halcioneminx
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Love old war planes. This is a fantastic collection of vintage air planes. We visited when the air show was on so a special trip.

Thank Neville S
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We visited this museum and were blowen away by the magnificent displays and realistic mannequinns depicting aviation history-through the 1920s&30s-the second world war and beyond.there was a huge display of wartime uniforms-and personal stories about the soldiers and the war birds.we spent a good two...More

Thank G8824JBisabelc
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

After reading several of the great reviews we stopped in on our way out of town. It was fun and very interesting. The collection of planes inside is staggering. Any airplane or war history lover would be in heaven visiting here. We were practically the...More

Thank krwilden
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

This is a brilliant museum, very focussed not so much on general aviation heritage as much as aviation heritage of WWI & WWII. There's tons of memorabilia, but the shows-stealers are the planes themselves and the mock-ups, along with great stories and testimonials. Many of...More

Thank dunnerak
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

So much to see in terms of airplanes, memorabilia and stories of the airmen and women. Sadly, we were in a hurry to get to another appointment so couldn't spend as much time as we would have liked. Definitely worth a visit as an alternative...More

Thank Supers_2
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

What a great place to visit if you are interested in aviation. They have 2 exhibitions at the moment. WW1 and WW2. Both are well set out and full of great information. The videos and short films are worth sitting down and watching. The guides...More

Thank Peonie49
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Have been previously but they had anew area. Went with the guided option, well worthwhile the cost, we were there for an hour and a half just in the new area. Absolutely a must see museum, great staff. They have a good coffee shop there...More

Thank Roger J
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

visited two days ago and totally impressed.The variety of First World War and Second World War aircraft was fantastic and the information on the Red Baron and his demise very informative.Also the section on Stalingrad very realistic .I think the background visuals with life sized...More

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We are arriving in Picton by cruise ship on 10 January for the day, & wish to visit the Omaka Aviation Centre near Blenheim. The full day shore excursion offered by our cruise line is very expensive & allows time for a visit to the WW1 display only - this particular excursion has received shocking passenger reviews for other attractions visited on the same excursion. Have looked at hiring a car for the day but also very expensive. And buses depart too early in the day from Picton (our cruise doesn't dock in Picton until 10am). I found only one bus that we could possibly catch, leaving Picton at 1pm (then taxi to Centre from Blenheim?), view the Centre, then back to Blenheim (taxi?), then return bus to Picton - $25 per head each way (there are 4 of us). I haven't found any other excursions that allow us adequate time at the Centre, most focus on wineries, with the Centre a sideline. Any detailed suggestions such as: (a) efficient & not outrageous costs of transport Picton-Blenheim-Centre return? (b) any suitable excursion to allow us plenty of time at the Centre? (c) perhaps a personal guide including transport from Picton return? Many thanks Forstergadabout
29 December 2016|
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Response from RachaelBrown29 | Property representative |
Hi Forstergadabout, thank you for your message. The best thing to do would be to contact the Marlborough i-Sites - they have a list of independent operators who will be able to assist with transportation and/or other places... More