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“Could have stayed all day”

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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WWI and WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka...
Ranked #2 of 74 things to do in Blenheim
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed 10 March 2017

We expected to stay for two hours but stayed for four and still could have stayed longer. Very well laid out, informative museum and helpful staff.

Thank avril w
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

As numerous reviewers have remarked this is without doubt a world-class museum and worth coming to Blenheim just to see it. The aircraft are superb but New Zealanders will recognize the stamp of Weta Workshop as the machines don't just sit there mutely, but are often surrounded by a tableau that tells a story, a good example being the crash scene of the 'Red Baron'. Add to this Peter Jackson's collection of physical artifacts and photos and the stories of the aviators involved and this makes for an outstanding experience. If you don't go in with an interest in the period you will come out with one. When we were there we were fortunate that there was a second exhibition of World War Two aircraft and while not as extensive as the WWI exhibit it was also impressive. We were also lucky enough that one of the docents was able to spend some time with us and his enthusiasm and knowledge were greatly appreciated.

Thank AllanJGJ
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Simple and direct: a world class experience. On its own deserves a visit to New Zealand. Amazing collection of original and beautifully replicated planes . Their histories are brought to life in spectacular set designs. The impressive collection of memorabilia from all sides of the war experience are carefully researched and each element has a captivating story behind, well explained. A must on your NZ trip on the South Island!

Thank Liesbeth B
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

Thank you Peter Jackson for making this historical wonder a possibility. Really overwhelming. So much detail and variety of displays. We only saw the WW1 wing. The wall of poppies is striking.

Thank Laura J
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Reviewed 8 March 2017

An unforgettable compilation of historical aircraft and filmmaking expertise makes this a unique experience, make sure you allow plenty of time to linger and absorb all the fascinating details.

Thank Rogershk
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