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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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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 21 August 2012

went to blenheim to visit the centre it doesn't dissapoint, we spend 3 hours there, it was great. Nice helpful staff, cost $30. pp which included entry to the car collection also. The cafe makes good food and coffee.

Thank laurice b
Reviewed 21 August 2012

Most Aviation Museums are an exercise in seeing how many planes you can squeeze together in an old hanger. This is totally different: plenty of space and planes (some original) set in the context of World War I scenes and a top rate collection of...More

Thank Rupert R
Reviewed 20 August 2012

This was recommended by the hotel, and is a very extensive centre with a lot to see. We were met by a guide who gave us a lot of information about the various exhibits, well worth the entry fee.

Thank Lyn P
Reviewed 8 August 2012 via mobile

Great for old & young. Good range of planes. Apart from wine tasting the best thing to see & do in Blenheim. While there check out the Aero Club & take a flight in something newer or on a Sunday a glider flight. October to...More

Thank Genevieve154
Reviewed 7 August 2012

Visited this museum this afternoon...mainly to do something out of the rain! We were very pleasantly surprised at the quality of this exhibit. Weta workshop lifelike manequins and sets help display the mostly operational planes. Definately worth a visit even if you're not a WW1...More

Thank waimanulodge
Reviewed 5 August 2012

You can see the talent of Peter Jackson here and the displays are awseome and so very life-like. The price makes it prohibitive especially for a local taking visitors and there seems to be no local concession card or anything which is a pity as...More

Thank Jasmine5755
Reviewed 29 July 2012

For a non-aviation person the Omaka aviation centre is well out together with not just planes, but planes put into context with exceptional staging.

Thank laydeejaybee
Reviewed 28 July 2012

I have been to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre several times, taking friends and family visiting the region. They are always amazed by the displays. My last visit, I took my 4 year old son and 1 year old daughter with me to get them...More

Thank Sean M
Reviewed 9 July 2012 via mobile

Disclaimer: the author of this review is into aviation, museums and dioramas. Taking a guess but if you're into the following things then you might consider visiting this place. These are not in preferential order. well supported and financed private historical philanthropy. Eddie Ric(h)kenbac(h)kers original...More

Thank Melbg
Reviewed 8 July 2012

We spent two hours here and could easily have spent longer if we hadn't had to get somewhere else. So, allow plenty of time. The exhibits are terrific and their staging makes what could be a dull museum into one that is vibrant, interesting and...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