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“Could have spent all day here”

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 13 March 2017

Someone must have spent a huge amount of money to collect and present all these aircraft and mementoes from the history of aviation. Each story board represented a lot of research into the background of each artifact on display. For those who do not want to read the detail, the skills of the movie industry have been used to great effect to show the planes in realistic settings

Thank Ian T
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

We really enjoyed the WW2 section of this museum. Very informative and moving. Wish we had time to do both sections including WW1.

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Reviewed 12 March 2017

A must when visiting Marlborough, I've been to many exhibitions around the world and this is definitely up there. Something locals can be proud of. Excellent experience, even if a casual enthusiast.

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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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