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Address: 79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-579 1305
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Omaka Avation Heritage Centre presents the outstanding Knights of the Sky...

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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Fascinating!

We had an excellent guided tour with Arnold. His knowledge made the whole experience absolutely memorable and he did not rush us at all. The exhibits are really impressive and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
HMR2014
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had an excellent guided tour with Arnold. His knowledge made the whole experience absolutely memorable and he did not rush us at all. The exhibits are really impressive and the information is well-presented and interesting ... enhanced by the guide's little 'extras'.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Full of historic Aircraft and other items connected to air travel. We spent several hours here but needed more time to see fully all the displays.

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Thank despaterson
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I saw the WW II exhibit. There were only about 10 planes. Other non airplane exhibits were interesting. My major complaint is that the museum simply did not have a sufficient quantity of exhibits, and I felt a bit shortchanged.

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Picton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We are regular visitors to this magnificent centre, and went to see the new WW2 display, "Dangerous Skies". It was fantastic, and the "Stalingrad Experience" was quite outstanding. World class and not to be missed.

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Thank Patrick F
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing collection from WWI, would like to see the second exhibition from the Second World War on our next trip! Very impressive collection owned by Peter Jackson!

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Fairview
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Recommended to me by my travel agent for a visit with the group I am leading through New Zealand. We were blown away by just how great this exhibit is! We only did the World War One side, but it was,so we'll done I won't hesitate to recommend the entire exhibit. If you're on the Marlborough region visiting wineries, do... More 

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Thank Troy M
Deal, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We only had time to visit one of the exhibitions, so we opted for the "knights of the Sky". Quite literally blown away by the presentation of WWI planes and memorabilia. It's not often I'm speechless but this exhibition had me spellbound. The information on how flying developed during the First World War and what the pilots had to endure... More 

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Thank TimHughes100
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see when in Blenheim.A beautifully crafted exhibition. The manniquins seem to be alive. Very well set up

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Full scale actual aeroplanes from 1st and second world wars, positioned in real situations set up as battlefield scenes. Lots of information on what actually happened and technical detail for those who want it. I expected to take about half and hour to see the world war 1 event but actually took over 2 hours. It was so interesting I... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The WETA crew put on a good show and the backstories were awesome, just expected a bit more to it. The Red Barons plane was neat tho.

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