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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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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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  • Average2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Visited the WW2 display this time. Great display and great commentary by staff . Also great piece on Russia and their involment in this war

Thank David P
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you have a few days take a beak from the vineyards and visit this unique attraction. The lifelike figures add to the atmosphere . Allow at least 2 hours

Thank Robinsina
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I could have spent hours here, rather than two. Beautifully presented with lots of interesting aircraft and memorabilia, all of which gave an coherent story. One of the best exhibitions of its kind that I have seen. Not just something for a rainy day, well...More

Thank malcolm e
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is just amazing and a must to do, unfortunately my friend wasn't well so I only did the World War 1 exhibition on my own. I could have easily spent hours there and would have loved to do the World War 2 exhibition as...More

Thank Kaydee A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Omaka aviation heritage centre is very very good. The displays are beautifully done. You can really appreciate these aircraft. Many are flying examples that are rolled out and flown regularly! Epic must see attraction.

Thank GreatOceanAir
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am rewriting this review due to an error that I made by giving it only a 1 rating instead of a 5. This was in 2015. I apologize for this error. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. This is a wonderful museum that...More

Thank gazzap44
Rachael B, Marketing Manager at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for correcting this it is much appreciated! We hope you will come again and view the new addition to the museum, the WWII exhibition Dangerous Skies.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The collection of airplanes of the famous NZ director it’s fascinating. Mint condition facilities with very good guided tours that would tell you all the details of the WWI and WWII aviation history. Great to visit with kids or teenagers that are into aviation and...More

Thank JosePablin
Reviewed 13 August 2017

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 11 August 2017 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 10 August 2017

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
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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