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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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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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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

This is a must do when you are in Marlborough. Even if you are not into war stuff, the variety and quality of the displays is stunning. Many of these planes go into the skies for the air show every two years, so you are...More

Thank Donna T
Reviewed 18 July 2013

This place was recommended to us by a Nelson resident. It is sort of in the middle of nowhere on the way to Blenheim. At the moment the centre is based on WWI aircraft, what makes it exceptional is the way the displays are set...More

Thank jl_ck
Reviewed 15 July 2013

The first thing you see on arrival is a gift shop, selling t-shirts with swastikas. The entire war is presented as some kind of a video game, with zero moral content. There is a temple-like room dedicated to the German fighter pilot von Richthofen, with...More

3  Thank Alex_Tallinn
JaneOrphan, General Manager at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 August 2013

I was disappointed to read this review, particularly as there are some misconceptions here. One is that of the swastika, which has undergone such thorough branding by the Nazis that many people do not realise it formerly had an entirely different meaning and was widely...More

Reviewed 13 July 2013

So much to see and take in take the whole family well worth seeing so much history well laid out and lots of people enjoying them selfs a good place to vist on a rainy day

1  Thank nigelc1
Reviewed 12 July 2013

Omaka aviation museum top class, a must to all travelling to Blenheim took longer than I thought to go through as was so interesting ,even wife enjoyed it surprise surprise camera a must.

1  Thank Peter C
Reviewed 25 June 2013

We didn't know what to expect, but we came on a recommendation. What a great place. This is not the sort of museum that would generally attract our business, but we were so pleased to have found it. We will visit again in the future.

Thank Khaybee
Reviewed 17 June 2013

This museum is fantastic. We all loved it, so well done. Took our 4 youngest children and they all enjoyed the time we spent there. The displays are so incredibly lifelike. It is definitely on the top of the list of Must Do's in Blenheim.

Thank Raewyn7150
Reviewed 10 June 2013

We visited the museum with a group of friends yesterday, and was quite taken aback by how extensive the display was, the quality of the exhibits including their authenticity, and the professional way everything was showcased. We only had a couple of hours there, but...More

Thank Trish B
Reviewed 4 June 2013

We were very pleasantly surprised by this amazing tribute to aviation history. It was such an information filled afternoon we spent at this place on a wet afternoon.

Thank RuthHowes
Reviewed 30 May 2013

It's great to visit and look around yourself but a local guide makes the visit so much more interesting. Thanks to Arnold for showing us around on Tuesday.

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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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Response from Rachael B | Property representative |
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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