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“A DIFFERENT KIND OF AIR MUSEUM” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
(03) 579 1305
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Blenheim
Type: Museums, Cultural
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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“A DIFFERENT KIND OF AIR MUSEUM”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

On a recent holiday from the UK to Australia and New Zealand, one of the trips we took included the Omaka Aviation Centre. The tour guide said " This is one of the best museums of it's kind in the world !" I smiled and thought 'We will see?'
Well it probably is ! Peter Jackson spent millions on the huge hanger housing the tributes to brave pilots of the First World War. From the minute we walked into the museum it became obvious that it was something special. The set piece displays of action are truly breathtaking, and the snow scene of the arcraft crashed into the tree with german soldiers all around was a particular favourite of mine. The shere number of display aircraft, some in flying condition, is awesome. We only had a very limited amount of time on our trip,not really anything like enough, even a full day would only scratch the surface. If ever I am in New Zealand again it is one place I would like to make a return vist to. For the visitor contemplating a great aviation museum this you should NOT miss.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This is an amazing display of vintage aircraft with lots of helpful information. It can take a couple of hours to fully appreciate the fantastic displays and accumulated souvenirs.

Visited January 2013
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Darfield, Canterbury, Christchurch
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Loved it although the bloke/guide who while very informative and friendly - could have given us a bit more space to view on our own.

Visited January 2013
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Den Haag, The Netherlands
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“Caught in the act”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

On a rainy morning, in Blenheim, what do you do? Visit this Sir Peter Jackson supported museum of WW1 planes. OK, most of them are not original, but this is more than made up by the way (or the air?) they're displayed. The only thing lacking is the smell of earth, petroleum and sweat. The display of the death of the Red Barron tops it all.

Visited January 2013
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Blenheim, New Zealand
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“Jewel in the Crown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

What a great place to visit for all ages. Just amazing. Well done Marlborough. So authentic. History almost brought alive

Visited January 2013
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