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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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WWI and WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka...
Ranked #1 of 49 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 19 November 2017

I cannot use too many praise words to describe this attraction. It has a truly unique collection of planes the likes of which I had not seen in other aviation museums. Their collection of WW1 planes was especially impressive. The dioramas were very well done and really took you back to the time and operational context of the aircraft. I was surprized to hear that most of the planes in the Centre were still flying! A true hidden gem of NZ.

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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

Fantastic Fantastic Fantastic
Need I say more. Well worth taking the guided tour. Spent 2 1/2 hours and could have stayed twice as long

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Reviewed 17 November 2017

This is an outstanding attraction, part museum and part recreation of famous aircraft, battles and aces of WWI and WWII. I managed to convince my wife to go with me and even she said she enjoyed it, and we didn't rush either. If you want to get an up-close sense of what it must have been like to pilot one of the early - and rather flimsy - aircraft in battle over Europe, particularly those from WWI, this is your place. It's real, in an admittedly simulated way. You will be thankful for the brave men (and some women too) who pioneered warfare in the skies, even though it would have been better to have no warfare at all. You also will think twice about complaining about a middle seat if you are consigned to one on your next jet flight. (Yes the tickets cost a bit. They are worth it.)

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Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

Don't miss this gem of a museum - features expertly refurbished aircraft displayed in dramatic dioramas. Also an extensive collection of uniforms, instruments and personal items belonging to famous Allied and Axis pilots. See the Red Baron's triplane. Stunning presentation describing the unfathomly large number of casualties, civilian and military, of the battle of Stalingrad.

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Reviewed 16 November 2017

Really enjoyed this visit and learned a great deal, particularly about the First World War and the role of aviation. The exhibits were first class, with lots of great information. Not your typical "museum " experience.

Thank Gordon B
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