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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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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 via mobile

We did both exhibitions & found them excellent! Great way to spend a few hours while visiting Blenheim. Lots to see & read.

Thank Crystalrose54
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you are anywhere near Blenheim/Omaka and have any interest in aviation, visit this place. The aircraft (real and reproduction) are excellent, as are the Weta Workshop dioramas, the memorabilia and interpretation. The curators are also very knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank Keyth B
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Can highly recommend this exhibition. Whilst it will most definitely appeal to plane aficionados, we thoroughly enjoyed the historical aspect. Anything that Sir Peter Jackson has had a hand in will always get our vote.

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This place blew my mind, it far exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend it to anyone with so much as a passing interest in WW1 and/or WW2. Very professionally done, showcasing an incredible collection of memorabilia and life size modeling. We spent twice as...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The first stage (WW1) was probably the best display of aircraft I had witnessed, not for the number of planes, having been to RAF Hendon which would have 50 times more planes. No this is how they are displayed, every aircraft set in a scene...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Highly recommended - intended to be here for and hour or so spend all day (with the adjacent car museum)

Thank Howard M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They charge to see the exhibition twice , once World War One then again World War Two, crazy we did one then left. Rather they put the price up and do both .. not very big as is and staff had serious attitude . They...More

Thank Les W
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RachaelBrown29, Marketing Manager at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Currently there are two exhibitions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum; Knights of the Sky (WW1) and Dangerous Skies (WW2). Knights opened in 2006 and Dangerous 2016. Our pricing structure is clearly displayed at the counter and on our website. There are separate prices for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This has some interesting exhibits and some classical old planes that are worth seeing if you are into that type of stuff. Worth doing if you an old plane and history buff.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome museum for WW1-2 airplane enthusiasts especially as it was raining today. It took 4 hrs with a coffee break to see both exhibits. Sir Peter Jackson involvement is really impressive with the “sets” It was good to see the war described from the German,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

OK. I'm not a guy. But my Dad flew 32 missions in WWII from London to Germany and I have his diary. I like war movies. I've seen WWI and WWII planes in various museums. I actually flew in the only still flyable B-24 that...More

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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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