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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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Dangerous Skies WWII Exhibition at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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Knights of the Sky - The Great War Exhibition in Blenheim
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredibly realistic dioramas of scenes from WW1. No detail is over looked! From the nurses driving their ambulance through muddy fields to battles in the air.

Thank Susie N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have to say that I wouldn't call myself a fan of plane museums and that on several previous visits to Blenheim I have resisted suggestions to visit this centre ... but I was so wrong! It is a spectacularly beautiful display of planes and...More

Thank AlyDuff
Reviewed 1 week ago

This WWI / WWII museum brilliantly fills in an easy hour in each exhibit hall. The exhibits are wonderful as you would expect via Peter Jackson and Weta workshop. Friendly guided tours are available or you can walk around under your own steam. Really enjoyed...More

Thank Fiona A
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in history make sure you allow plenty of time to see these exhibits, well worth it.

Thank kjmoni
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great idea to visit for history buffs and WWI/WWII enthusiasts alike. Great guided tour friendly and knowledgeable staff. I enjoyed my visit for sure. Do both tours for sure.

Thank jhmadsen
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a real gem for young and old. We took our teenage boys (12 and 15) to the South Island for the first time in school holidays.We worried about the weather and how much the boys would enjoy it. On the worst looking...More

Thank paul_howard003
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved our visit! Amazing collection from WW1 and WW2. I'd recommend allowing 2+ hours for your visit.

Thank sfongs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hadn't originally planned to go here as we didn't have time, I am so glad we went it was great to see the work that has been put into the planes and exhibits. we really enjoyed walking around reading the history of the planes...More

Thank AngeChris2011
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! This is a fabulous exhibition and collection. Very interesting and put together as only Peter Jackson can, well worth a visit for the whole family.

Thank Kelly202014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you spend four and a half hours there as we did, when you emerge blinking in to the sun, unaware of the time, I guess you feel it's a good way to have spent your time...

Thank Bridget G
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Forstergadabout
We are arriving in Picton by cruise ship on 10 January for the day, & wish to visit the Omaka Aviation Centre near Blenheim. The full day shore excursion offered by our cruise line is very expensive & allows time for a visit to the WW1 display only - this particular excursion has received shocking passenger reviews for other attractions visited on the same excursion. Have looked at hiring a car for the day but also very expensive. And buses depart too early in the day from Picton (our cruise doesn't dock in Picton until 10am). I found only one bus that we could possibly catch, leaving Picton at 1pm (then taxi to Centre from Blenheim?), view the Centre, then back to Blenheim (taxi?), then return bus to Picton - $25 per head each way (there are 4 of us). I haven't found any other excursions that allow us adequate time at the Centre, most focus on wineries, with the Centre a sideline. Any detailed suggestions such as: (a) efficient & not outrageous costs of transport Picton-Blenheim-Centre return? (b) any suitable excursion to allow us plenty of time at the Centre? (c) perhaps a personal guide including transport from Picton return? Many thanks Forstergadabout
29 December 2016|
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Response from RachaelBrown29 | Property representative |
Hi Forstergadabout, thank you for your message. The best thing to do would be to contact the Marlborough i-Sites - they have a list of independent operators who will be able to assist with transportation and/or other places... More
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