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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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A magnificent display of WW1 aircraft displayed in atmospheric lighting. Some are original but most are authentic replicas. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The special... read more

Reviewed 16 February 2012
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

A magnificent display of WW1 aircraft displayed in atmospheric lighting. Some are original but most are authentic replicas. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The special effects by Peter Jackson make this a definite "must see". I have no real interest in planes but still found this an interesting experience.

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Toowoomba, Australia
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Reviewed 16 February 2012

This place has to be visited to be believed. After hearing rave reviews I expected to be let down but it is spectacular. Attention to detail in every aspect and the displays are world class. So many interesting human stories shared as well as seeing the aircraft, memorabilia etc. The staff were very helpful and informative.

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Reviewed 13 February 2012

Well worth a visit for a unique experience - the settings are excellent

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Upper Montclair, New Jersey
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

Blenheim is a quite place and we stopped in mostly because the weather was gloomy. It is outstanding! Great exhibits! Spent far more time than we would have thought there and was absolutely worth it. ($25/pp for adults)

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 9 February 2012

If you enjoy aircraft and in particular those from World War 1 then this Aviation Historic Centre is a must! To call it a museum is misleading as museums don't seem to come alive like this one. A lot of the exhibits and memorabilia belong to Lord of the Rings and King Kong director Peter Jackson. Indeed some of the... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

Even if you are not keen on airplanes, this is one stop you should not missed out. We heard that they will be adding on a new display soon and we will definitely come back with our boys' to view it.

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Reviewed 23 January 2012

Most impressed with the content - however the 'mood' lighting made most of the rather small print signage in the glass fronted cabinets unable to read - especially for those in the 'older' age group.

Thank Canterburyvisitor
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
Reviewed 22 January 2012

Museum is very good. You will love it if you enjoy history, particularly WWI history or aviation history. My only problem is that for $25, I expected to find some guidance, someone to take you around the museum, explain the exhibits and make it more interesting. Also, I hope in the future, they invest in more interactive displays, similar to... More 

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Dunedin, NZ
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

This is an amazing place, quite unlike any other museum I have ever visited. The displays are set up to almost lifelike precision, especially the model airmen and mechanics. I could have easily spent several hours there, just drinking in all the period details. Highly recommended!

Thank Yankeewi
Viti Levu, Fiji
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Reviewed 19 January 2012

Wow! What a gem. Who knew?? This museum is not only beautifully and expensively prepared but some of the exhibits defy belief like's Goering's personal memorabilia.

Thank Julie P

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