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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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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 20 March 2013

I confess to having an interest in aviation, but I'm very much more into modern aircraft and I actually didn't expect to enjoy Omaka that much in view of the fact that it's all about World War 1. Wow, what a wonderful surprise. This is...More

Thank MarklavLaptop
Reviewed 20 March 2013

I was not sure what to expect when we arrived at the omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, but it was way surpassed by the display and the information here. We were absolutely fascinated with the aircraft and the WW1 memorabilia on offer and could have spent...More

Thank paulcardio
Reviewed 20 March 2013

Peter Jackson should be mighty proud of this facility and the planned extension. Easy to get to and well worth the visit.

Thank Macaranga
Reviewed 19 March 2013

An amazing collection of amazing machines. Fascinating to anyone with either an engineering, historical or just general interest in the first world war. There were lots of personal stories & memorabilia which added a very human touch. Added to this you have the attention to...More

Thank Allan W
Reviewed 19 March 2013

The skill of Weta Workshops show in the Reality of the Diaramas and the number and variety of the Aircraft was fantastic

Thank griffela
Reviewed 16 March 2013

My wife and I were on a New Zealand cruise in February 2013. We had been debating about what to do in the Picton area and couldn’t come up with a clear choice. One option was to visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in nearby...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 16 March 2013

As you would expect this museum has aeroplanes aplenty and WW1 ones at that. This a museum that will interest anyone who likes planes, WW1 and life-size models. The diaramas are so life - like that you expect them to come to lfe at any...More

Thank Richard D
Reviewed 15 March 2013

Amazing collection of WWI memorabilia. Dioramas were built by Peter Jackson's (of Lord of the Rings' fame) company.

Thank cavergirl
Reviewed 14 March 2013

They've gone to great length to turn these aircraft into art. Weta workshop used 3d printing technology to make the mannequins, and they're hard to tell apart from real people. I kept seeing them in my periphery and thinking they were about to start talking...More

Thank Brad H
Reviewed 13 March 2013

This is definitely worth making time to visit. We went mid afternoon and nearly didn't have time to do it justice. The centre closes about 4pm and you really do need a good two hours if you are interested in WW1 and WW2 history. The...More

Thank Chris F
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13 October 2017|
Response from Rachael B | Property representative |
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
12 October 2017|
Response from Rachael B | Property representative |
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
12 October 2017|
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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