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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
+64 3-579 1305
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WWI and WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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Knights of the Sky - The Great War Exhibition in Blenheim
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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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79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

A fascinating afternoon spent at the WW1 and WW2 exhibitions. Extremely informative and well laid out displays. A great coffee spot to thaw out in as well.

Thank Karen C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’m not a real museum fan, but we had some time on our trip through Blenheim and our b&b hosts suggested stopping by. We thought we’d stay an hour. We stayed for three. Peter Jackson’s operation put a lot of the airplane exhibits together and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is where the museum meets the movies with fantastic dioramas in each section. It was amazing to see some of the vintage aircraft that are still used for flying on special occasions. This is a place you could happily spend hours slowly wandering through...well...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful extensive historic display of planes, uniforms, medals and amazing memorabilia of both the first and second world wars. Recommend a visit and be prepared to spend about three hours. There is a cafe with adequate edibles for lunch or morning or afternoon teas.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked this for my husband but he was sick so I was not really looking forward to going. I am glad I did. The displays and actual planes were amazing. It is hard to believe people survived after seeing the planes give the size...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our tour group visited the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre as part of our 2nd leg of New Zealand's south island. What an amazing place something that we weren't expecting, out of what seemed the middle of nowhere. Sir Peter Jackson built the centre and has...More

Thank BendigoVic
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful realistic display with so much attention to detail, I have been to both exhibits and taken different people with me each time I went and they have all really enjoyed this place

Thank BarbaraMarlborough
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Glad I made the effort to visit this unique museum tucked away in the middle of the vineyards near Blenheim. A remarkable collection of aircraft from the earliest days of flying and memorabilia from both world wars this is an important collection. Arranged in lifelike...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being a middle-aged woman I'm not a war or plane fanatic, however I found Omaka brilliant. We went to both WWI and WWII exhibits and enjoyed both. The planes, their history and attention to detail is fantastic and I felt the dioramas and pilot's personal...More

Thank WLnz
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We recently attended a large function at the WW2 hangar. Simply said - you must visit, you will be enthralled. Staff were fabulous too.

Thank Francophiles1220
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If your ship is docking at Waimahara then it is a 1.8km drive to Picton i-Site. There are shuttles organised by the ship's ground handlers to take passengers directly to the i-Site unless you have already booked a shore... More
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There is a Hop On Hop Off bus service that operates from the Picton i-site. There are shuttles that will take you here to connect with this and other independent tours/transport providers. You do not need to buy tickets to... More
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There is also a new Hop On Hop Off Marlborough bus service that operates that will bring you to Omaka. This departs from the Picton i-Site, shuttles will take you from the Port to connect with this and other independent... More
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