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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 27 November 2012

A trip to a museum specialising in in World War I aeroplanes could have been a chore... or a dull walk-through of which you remember nothing. Not so here at Omaka. From the moment you enter the unassuming doors from the shop/cafe the drama begins....More

Thank Ali_and_Hein
Reviewed 24 November 2012

WOW is the only word to use. It was fantastic. Only went along with hubby but before we knew we had been there over 2 hours and really enjoyed it. Great curator giving us all the facts. Would recomend to anyone. Linda and Gary

Thank Mocksey
Reviewed 21 November 2012

Having an museum of flight near to where I live it was borderline whether I visited this attraction or carried on with more excellent wineries. However, the ever accurate Lonely Planet put it on a par with the vineyards - and as ever they are...More

Thank Pointer0038
Reviewed 19 November 2012

I'm not really "into" planes, but my husband wanted to visit this centre. I must say I found it really impressive. It's a huge place...and the displays are so life-like. How they constructed some of the sets (especially the mud and snow) are amazing...thanks to...More

Thank muriwaidonna
Reviewed 19 November 2012

This is without doubt one of the best museums I have been to. Amazing collection of memorabilia but the best part is that each is accompannied by a real and very readable account of the original owner's life (and in many cases death) throughout WWI...More

Thank Conan F
Reviewed 17 November 2012

If you have any interest in aviation, you should already know about this place. It is a phenomenal collection of original and accurate reproduction mainly military aircraft. These are not all static exhibits, the building allows many of the planes to be taken out and...More

Thank Chase_Mollys
Reviewed 7 November 2012

This museum is focussed on war planes from the first World War. It is a world class exhibit and you will be hard pressed to find anything presented as well, anywhere in the world. The resources of the world leading New Zealand movie director, Peter...More

Thank Foxey2
Reviewed 6 November 2012

Just loved the atmosphere and the trip through history. Staff were exceptionally helpful and knowledgable.

Thank TheMelons
Reviewed 6 November 2012

You would expect only people with a special interest in war history and historical aircraft to find this place interesting. I expected Mr World Citizen to like it and me, Mrs W.C. to be bored surrounded by war stuff. Nothing of the kind. It's really...More

Thank 60YOworldcitizens
Reviewed 6 November 2012

If you love the history of war planes this is a must do!! It surpasses any museum on aircraft I have ever seen. Congratulations to all who have contributed to this brilliant educational and visual display.

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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