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“quiet contemplation of history”

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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US$26.16*
and up
WWI and WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka...
Ranked #2 of 75 things to do in Blenheim
Certificate of Excellence
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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!
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 13 January 2018

Yes, it's too expensive. Something close to $40 for both hangars, but the content is presented quite well, and obviously if the history of aircraft and the wars interest you it's a good good experience. I had it more or less to myself much of the time on a Monday afternoon, which helped. Had there been loads of impatient kids (there were a few) I'd probably feel very differently as it's a very contemplative experience -- the exhibits go far far beyond just getting to ogle the (amazing) collection of aircraft.

Thank daleuark74
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

When Weka workshops do airplanes this is what you get. It is incredible! So NOT a hangar full of dull planes. The displays are well spaced out, well lit and with information that is accessible to a wide range of people.

Thank Fiona T
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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Another brilliant Sir Peter Jackson exhibit. This is an amazing collection of WWI aeroplanes (replicas) quite a few of which are flying examples. Also an superb collection of artifacts. The life size dioramas are so well done you feel like you just walked into the scene.

Thank Peter C
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

Set aside at least an hour to see the Knights of the sky (World War 1) section. This is the best part of the centre. Very friendly staff helped us with our questions. Facilities very tidy and clean. A full on assortment of artifacts and displays. I bought the book to remind me of all that was on view. If you can it would be best to get on a guided tour. However, the information panels are very informative, allowing visitors to walk through by themselves. The only minor disappointment was that there was no Sopwith Camel.There is also cafe with a good range of drinks and cabinet food.

Thank Chris F
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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

We squeezed in a visit to the Aviation Heritage centre just prior to heading south to Christchurch. Our only regret is that we could have spent half a day there rather than one hour.
It was professionally and thoughtfully done. They had helpful staff around the exhibits who helped with explanations. Hats off to Peter Jackson and the people of Blenheim. I will go back for another visit.

Thank Priscilla K
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