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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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Address: 79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
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+64 3-579 1305
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Amazing display, extremely life like.

This is an amazing display of aircraft in an animated environment. Very easy to look at compared to many I have seen overseas. I am impressed.

Reviewed 2 days ago
Blenheim, New Zealand
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an amazing display of aircraft in an animated environment. Very easy to look at compared to many I have seen overseas. I am impressed.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is awesome..the museum is filled with information I learned so much. And to see an actual piece of the red Baron plane was awesome.

Thank Fearon B
St Helens, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The aviation heritage centre has gathered together an outstanding collection of historic aircraft. A particular speciality is World War One, which is represented by both original and full scale replica aircraft. The Bristol Freighter on display served SAFE Air for many years carrying cargo between the North and South Islands.

Thank Ruth5757
Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Being a Canberra local, I can honestly say that the displays rival that of the Australian War Memorial. I was completely in awe of the exhibits. A credit to all involved.

Thank Glennandveronica
Rachael B, Public Relations Manager at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this review

We are very flattered and humbled by your review. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to place a review on TripAdvisor. More 

North Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing collection of WWI aviation memorabilia - beautifully preserved and presented. Allow plenty of time!

Thank wayneandcath8
Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Going along to this attraction with little expectation I was simply blown away, what a hidden gem, the planes on display are priceless and several the only remaining examples of their kind, the workmanship of the displays are great. Well worth the visit. Thank you Peter Jackson.

Thank GaryandLesleyTravel
Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a treasure this place is. Full replicas and restorations of both allied and German WW1 planes accompanied by lifelike figures from the geniuses at Weta Workshop. Fascinating stories of technology advances and heroism. We loved it! Worth the $69 for a family pass (2 adults/2 children).

Thank Roddanz
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Peter Jackson has helped these guys create an amazing experience of WW1 and 2 military aircraft with realistic displays and memorabilia. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and even my partner (who doesn't do planes at the best of times) enjoyed herself too.

Thank 165rodg
Kingscliff, Australia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent most of the day there. Very good museum. Rated top 3 in the world. Lots of info and aeroplane models from world war 1 and 2 that are still operational today. Worth the visit.

Thank Michelle S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I attended the Classic Fighters Airshow for the fourth time including the Aviation Heritage Centre and have never been disappointed with either. The dioramas in which the aircraft are positioned are outstanding, with special stories attached to most of the displays. Sir Peter Jackson's collection of memorabilia from WW1 and WW2 are world class. Jaw dropping stuff. Even Manfred von... More 

Thank Jim_CathyBlacktown

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