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Skip the Line:WWI & WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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Skip the Line:WWI & WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

By Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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Duration: 1h 30m
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  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
    1,622
    Blenheim, New Zealand
    Joined in January 2011
  • LucysMumNz
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great afternoon
    Stunning array of beautifully maintained planes, some of which still fly. Friendly, informative volunteers. Amazing dioramas, both those created by Peter Jackson and the ones made by the volunteers.
    Written July 19, 2024
  • jennycP3959LV
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding museums allow plenty of time
    One of the best museum experiences we have ever had. Informative, realistic. Incredible wealth of material and jam packed with human history to bring it all to life.
    Written March 1, 2024
  • alicemT3382MI
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute must see in Blenheim
    This amazing museum was completely mind blowing. Vintage planes are always fascinating, but the way these are displayed in the most realistic of dioramas really sends it onto another level. You honestly felt you were looking at real people interacting with the fabulous old planes
    Written February 10, 2024
  • Tourist306
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fascinating display
    This was recommended to me by a fellow passenger on the Picton ferry and I am very pleased he did as I had not heard about it. It consists of two large exhibition hangars devoted to first and second war aircraft. The exhibits are very well presented with boards explaining the aircraft. Additionally there are knowledgeable guides who are keen to explain about the aircraft. The Stalingrad audio visual display at the end which highlights Russian WW2 losses probably helps explain their continuing anti Western attitude. We didn’t get to see any aircraft flying, but the Avro Anson taxiing was a bonus.
    Written January 29, 2024
  • John S
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perhaps the most well presented and interesting aviation museum.
    Beautifully presented exhibits with great information boards. Fabulous diaoramas. Truely magnificent. Highly recommended. I would have loved there to have been a guide book with the information boards included as they were very informative and entertaining. I have photographed them to refer back to but a souvenir guide would have been excellent
    Written January 14, 2024
  • 422iana
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    A must do if you are in Blenheim. It kept both the young and old interested. You can take the small train to the museum. It is walking distance of the town centre.
    Written January 7, 2024
  • NZBushbasher
    0 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Let down
    After seeing the incredible WW1 display a few years ago I was pretty disappointed with this one. I would have liked more life-like settings with more 'activity', rather than planes plonked in a shed. The only decent scene was the jungle which was so clever, and the Stalingrad film saved the morning. Very wordy info panels wouldn't have engaged children or teens which is a lost opportunity. The Cafe is fairly average too. Go to the WW2 exhibition and give this one a miss.
    Written January 3, 2024
  • ScottM130
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow
    You don't have to be a plane fan to love this place. We did both WW1 and 2 exhibits .. this truly is a world class museum
    Written December 24, 2023
  • Yog-Sothoth
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not, as the saying goes, to be missed
    I know a fair amount about WWI aviation but was unaware of this amazing museum's existence until browsing through our Lonely Planet guide. This is an unmatched collection of vintage and replica airplanes. Mrs. S. has little interest in WWI aviation, but found the visit highly compelling, owing to the human stories told therein. The folks downplay the non-Peter-Jackson segment (WWII) but it too is not to be missed. The virtual reality Stalingrad experience is a bit puzzling -- why not pick something like the Battle of Britain -- but overall this is top-notch.
    Written December 4, 2023
  • marlainac2015
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One word EXCELLENT, highly recommend X infinity
    WOW, this Museum is like the Tardise as in Doctor Who, larger inside than it appears on the outside. This collection has to be some of the best installation works I’ve seen worldwide. With some of the original planes. World war 1 is in its own hanger. World war 11 is in a seperate space. Don’t forget to watch the video at the end of WW 11 it’s mind blowing, especially how many human lives were lost. I took footage but I’m not sure if I can post it in here. This also has a cafe with cabinet food and delicious coffee. This is one of the best Museums I’ve seen Worldwide. Highly recommend X infinity.
    Written November 25, 2023
  • alenajang
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see aviation museum
    Historical must see aviation museum; we stopped by and the museum had two sections and the displays and planes were really well presented. Highly recommend this museum. Guides were helpful and informative too.
    Written October 13, 2023
  • Kiwichick-NZ
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Casual
    Amazing display! Very educational and realistic scenes. Very worth while visit, my husband is ex airforce and was blown away with the exhibits… especially the RED BARON DISPLAY”!.
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Miriam R
    0 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An aviation history lesson. A story of New Zealand’s involvement in the two Great Wars.
    For WW1 and WW2 aviation buffs, this place is Mecca. I don’t fall in that category but my husband does! We changed our travelling plans so that he could visit and perhaps see the WW2 Avro Anson, the only one which is airworthy and flying. But it wasn’t on view as the aeroplane is owned by a private individual. However, the exhibitions were so very good it made up for the disappointment. We went out of season, so the museum was quiet and not busy. I would image during the holiday times, it would prove to be a popular destination. Whilst I would recommend a visit, I would suggest this is not a place to keep young children engaged. The jelly sweets in the shape of an aeroplane are good. $2 from the coffee/ cafe counter.
    Written May 31, 2023
  • 776teda
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding Museum a must for aviation enthusiasts
    Awesome museum with beautiful restored aircraft and displays. The scene is movie set worthy and you feel like you are on the ground in the Great War.
    Written April 14, 2023
  • philnrobbiem
    0 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent and very informative Aviation displays, cafe break between halls is recommended
    One of the best Aviation Heritage displays ever. Liked the split between the 2 World Wars' displays, gives an opportunity to visit the cafe in between if need a break from all the detailed information and sensory load of excellent displays. The Stalingrad Experience is not for everyone, it is very, very realistic and sensitive people or little ones would find themselves in sensory overload, but there is clear advisory signage to opt out and pass straight through. A credit to everyone involved. Allow a good 2-3 hours to see and take it all in.
    Written April 8, 2023
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Roopleson
Auckland Central, New Zealand54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
I visited both the WW1 and WW2 exhibits and can only say it was a fantastic exhibition that I am sooo glad I experienced. I highly recommend a visit to the Omaka Centre to anyone who has an interest in fighter aircraft of this vintage. A special thankyou to Peter the volunteer for all his advice. He clearly loves his work and I appreciated him taking the time to direct me and share some of his experience and knowledge with me.
Written March 18, 2022
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Thank you for visiting the Omaka AHC and for taking the time to leave a review. We will definitely pass on your feedback to Peter and thank you again.
Written May 29, 2022
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Colin W
Sydney, Australia73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Outstanding exhibits with several life like dioramas and restored aircraft from WW1 and WW2. You can buy separate tickets for each so you can do them on different days or do both exhibitions on the same day for a small discount. The collection of uniforms and other items is world class, particularly from a German WW1 perspective. There is also a decent cafe which enables you to take a break between the two exhibitions.
Written October 28, 2022
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Thank you, Colin. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit with us and appreciate you taking the time to post a review.
Written October 31, 2022
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kiwis2016
Wellington, New Zealand42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
An excellent facility and well worth the visit. It is one of those places that you could visit time and time again and see new material. While not the largest of aircraft displays, the unique aircraft, the terrific presentation, the quality of the layout and the exquisite collection of unique memorabilia make this a must see.
Written February 14, 2021
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Thank you for your positive review we appreciate your time and thank you for your visit.
Written February 15, 2021
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Phil Evabs
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Loved the displays and the work by Weta Worksop on the WW1 aircraft. Really brought them to life. The WW2 exhibit with the audio-visual show at the end was well worthwhile. Cool to be up close with some classic aircraft.
Written June 25, 2021
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allang042018
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited soon after opening time in the weekend, so after excellent coffee in attached cafe we sauntered around the WWI exhibition in about an hour without any other visitors.
After a bit of a break we used the self-service tokens to enter the WWII exhibition.
Friendly staff at each location answered questions and shared enthusiasm about forthcoming expansion plans.
Displays of aircraft are the real thing and enhanced by life like mannequins. Information panels tell interesting stories.
Written May 25, 2022
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Thank you for Allan! We appreciate your visit and for taking the time to post a review.
Written May 29, 2022
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Ann L
Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
We planned our trip to Blenheim to come and see Omaka. We thought it would be good, but it was even better than anticipated. We arrived just after it opened in the morning and left as it was about to close. It is a world class exhibition beautifully presented all that you would expect of a Peter Jackson collaboration. We didn’t get to see the classic cars as we ran out of time. We were told that there are plans to expand, we certainly hope so as we will be back.
Written February 21, 2021
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Laryssa W
New Zealand50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing exhibits. Definitely do both Ww1 and Ww2 exhibits! The WW1 exhibit is a bit bigger and needs about 1hr, WW2 needs about 40mins to walk through...depending of course on how much you want to read. Planes are often presented in scenes designed by Peter Jackson...the details are phenomenal! Also has personal accounts from both side and artifacts (eg a patch from the Red Barons plane with the cross on it). Definitely recommend. There is also a gift shop and Cafe on site.
Written February 17, 2023
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Thank you Laryssa! So great to hear that you enjoyed the museum and appreciate you taking the time to post a review.
Written February 19, 2023
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Amanda D
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Very enjoyable, well put together and well displayed exhibition. The only slightly anoying thing was the 'guide' (I guess that's what he was), who decided to come and join us, even though we were happy walking around by ourselves, enjoying the exhibition. He meant well, but I wasn't really looking for a friend. Perhaps he just wanted someone to talk to. To be fair, he seemed to know what he was talking about.
Written April 16, 2022
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Thank you for visiting us and we do appreciate you taking the time to post a review. In regards to the 'guide', thank you for your feedback sometimes we all need a reminder about curbing our enthusiasm!
Written April 20, 2022
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Jean B
Liverpool, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
Didn’t need to skip the line! Just bought an ordinary ticket! From start to finish the whole museum is very very professionally displayed. Lots of aircraft from both wars plus a huge amount of artefacts. The artefacts are related to a specific person were possible. The aircraft come with information about when they were built and how they were acquired. Presentation is excellent and you can definitely see evidence of movie staging. Peter Jackson is a contributor. Definitely a must see as outside there may be a vintage plane preparing to fly. You can experience this yourself if you book ahead!
Written July 16, 2022
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Thank you for visiting Omaka! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and appreciate you taking the time to leave such a positive and comprehensive review.
Written July 17, 2022
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MichaelRS
San Francisco, CA67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
While there are plane exhibitions, this one is an actual experience with planes set in their context and scene, obviously afforded by the talent of Sir Peter Jackson. It is not a hanger with a bunch of planes, but a full immersion into how these planes were used and contemporary artifacts to go with it, which you would really not see anywhere else in this cared for state.
Definitely recommended, especially for the people that may not like plane museums.
Written February 20, 2023
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Thank you for visiting Omaka! So pleased that you enjoyed your time with us, and appreciate you posting a review.
Written February 21, 2023
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