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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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This is a first world war air museum with lots of human stories as well as lots of aircraft facts. Really good representations of scenes of combat etc. Stunning attention to detail

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 November 2011
Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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Cwmbran, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

This is a first world war air museum with lots of human stories as well as lots of aircraft facts. Really good representations of scenes of combat etc. Stunning attention to detail

1 Thank Tony870
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2011

My partner and I visited the Omaka Aviation centre on Labour weekend and loved it. The entry price seems a bit steep but it is well worth it if you spend time appreciating both the information provided and the stunning presentation of the collection. The photos and stories really added to the experience. It was a shame that some of... More 

1 Thank CarrieAuckland
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2011

I’m not a big fan of war memorabilia but this Aviation centre is fantastic Definitely worth a visit!!

1 Thank Gattini69
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2011

Very good establishment with some very interesting exhibits. Lots of replica planes, with a big emphasis on WWI. Staff were pleasant but the exhibition area was cold in winter. The price seemed a little high for what it was, but don't regret visiting it.

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Washington, D.C.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2011

Who would think you could find a place like this where it is? A must see for aviation buffs, or anyone else for that matter.

1 Thank GuinnessWashington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2011

I was blown away by this museum and the presentation was amazing. There was so much information but presented in such a way that it seemed real.

1 Thank Jodest
North Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2011

For any type of aviation buff, this is definitely a "MUST SEE" attraction. This is probably the finest private collection of WWI memorabilia in the world. There is the only real(not replica) Caprione aircraft on display. The other aircraft are full scale flyable(?) replicas of WWI fighters. The really amazing part is all the artifacts of "Red Baron" Manfred Von... More 

1 Thank CaptErnie
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2011

This was one of the best attraction we visited during our six weeks in New Zealand. Loads to interest the aviation buff and the merely curious! It's well laid out and the exhibits are set into scenes which bring added life to their stories. It is undergoing some alterations at the moment, but I'm sure that when finished it will... More 

2 Thank kimr96
Near the M25
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2011

We visited the centre following a excellent review in the Rough Guide. Living close to the aircraft museums at Hendon, Duxford and Shuttleworth, I was a bit sceptical, but what a pleasant surprise to find such an excellent museum, in an area renowned for it's wine. The driving force behind the centre is Peter "Lord of the Rings" Jackson and... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2011

We came to Blenheim after the "Wings over Wairapara" weekend to continue my husbands enjoyment of vintage aircraft. The Aviation Museum at Omaka was absolutely first class and well worth the entrance fee (reduced for Seniors). We arrived early to join the guided tour, $5 extra and were enthralled by the displays and the settings. The guides were very knowledgable... More 

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