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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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Address: 79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
Phone Number: (03) 579 1305
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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How it was back in time

I am not the greatest lover of museums and history, but Omaka practically takes you back in time and it all feels and looks so realistic. Very friendly service from the staff too... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

I am not the greatest lover of museums and history, but Omaka practically takes you back in time and it all feels and looks so realistic. Very friendly service from the staff too. A definite MUST see.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Plenty of parking and totally wheelchair accessible. The cafe was distinctly average with basic sandwiches and coffee. However that's not why we were here. Sir Peter Jackson was part of the design team of this museum. Don't worry too much about taking a camera, just buy the book, "Omaka's Knights of the Sky" it has plenty of pictures and tells... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

It was all so realistic. It doesn't seem so big until you start walking through and going round corners etc. The collection is huge and the guys that wander around and give free information on the exhibits are fantastic.

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

All the reviews here are very positive and if you are interested in planes then I would recommend it. It is not so great if you don't like reading lots of information. It is not at all hands on. The guides are really helpful and the displays are very impressive. It would be perfect if there was something for kids... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Took a group of 200+ thru. Feed-back was brilliant / those who thought they wouldn't be interested but had to go as part of the package all raved about it afterwards. Definetly recommend using a guide so you know what you are seeing and don't miss the main things to look at. A must see for the inteligent traveller when... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Excellent displays of battle aircraft from the two world wars with realistic recreations of aircraft in action. Particularly enjoyed the German aircraft and the clothing, medals and awards with photos of the von Richthofens.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

There are amazing planes it's the museum and you will get a nicely designed map so you won't miss anyone. The cafe is also nice. Lovely afternoon at there. Must see if you love aviation.

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Elgin, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Omaka's Knights of the Sky Great war exhibition has taken museums to new heights. Putting exhibits into dioramas takes the visitor back in time, the wax work figures bring the stories to life, pure magic. I understand that there are plans for a WWII exhibition in the future I am sure that will be great as well. Great friendly volunteer... More 

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Southington, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

You don't need to spend a lot of time here but the display of WWI planes was really amazing and if you want, you can pay to have a flight in one of them. Recommend a trip here if you are in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Although I had learnt about WW1 at school I was not taught about the aviation side of the war. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre gave me a new found appreciation about the aircrafts and courageous pilots. In addition to the exhibition we also paid for a 10 minute flight in a Boeing Stearman. A fantastic end to the day.

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