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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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Address: 79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-579 1305
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Omaka Avation Heritage Centre presents the outstanding Knights of the Sky...

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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This is a must for travellers to Blenheim. A world class attraction which is un-paralleled in the southern hemisphere. It is a bit cold, but jackets are available age the entrance.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I took my elderly father there because he is into history and old cars and planes. Because the patriarch and chairman of the trust that runs this is Peter Jackson the way the airplanes are displayed is fantastic - very realistic. The volunteer staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. We virtually had our own guided tour by this one chap... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For anyone interested in WW1 aviation history, this is a must-see. Full-scale replicas of most of the iconic WW1 aircraft are on display, several presented in interesting dioramas depicting true events such as Baron con Richthofen's final moments! An added bonus is an extensive collection of WW1 memorabilia relating to all the Aces of various nationalities. There is an adjoining... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a must for travellers to Blenheim. A world class attraction which is un-paralleled in the southern hemisphere. It is a bit cold, but jackets are available age the entrance.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a surprise this venue was. So well put together. The accuracy of the "action" displays was so lifelike. The amount of information was more to take in than the recommended 1hr 45mins. Great place to visit

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an excellent guided tour with Arnold. His knowledge made the whole experience absolutely memorable and he did not rush us at all. The exhibits are really impressive and the information is well-presented and interesting ... enhanced by the guide's little 'extras'.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Full of historic Aircraft and other items connected to air travel. We spent several hours here but needed more time to see fully all the displays.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I saw the WW II exhibit. There were only about 10 planes. Other non airplane exhibits were interesting. My major complaint is that the museum simply did not have a sufficient quantity of exhibits, and I felt a bit shortchanged.

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Picton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are regular visitors to this magnificent centre, and went to see the new WW2 display, "Dangerous Skies". It was fantastic, and the "Stalingrad Experience" was quite outstanding. World class and not to be missed.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing collection from WWI, would like to see the second exhibition from the Second World War on our next trip! Very impressive collection owned by Peter Jackson!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended to me by my travel agent for a visit with the group I am leading through New Zealand. We were blown away by just how great this exhibit is! We only did the World War One side, but it was,so we'll done I won't hesitate to recommend the entire exhibit. If you're on the Marlborough region visiting wineries, do... More 

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