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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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Address: 79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
Phone Number: 6435791305
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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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Fantastic Museum

Had a wonderful visit to this unexpected gem in Blenheim. Exhibits and info are world class. Focus is on WW I aviation and airplanes; well staged and highly informative. Nice... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Califormia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a wonderful visit to this unexpected gem in Blenheim. Exhibits and info are world class. Focus is on WW I aviation and airplanes; well staged and highly informative. Nice coffee shop on site. Planned expansion to open in October with focus on WW II.

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Picton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Having been to a couple of excellent aviation museums in Europe recently, this one was always going to pale by comparison. But that is not to say it isn't very good. The displays are well laid out and informative. There isn't a huge amount to see but enough to keep you busy for an hour or two and you will... More 

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful displays and so many interesting stories. Lucky enough to have heard from a volunteer guide some of those stories. Thanks to The Trust and Sir Peter Jackson and of course the staff and volunteers, and the local businesses for supporting such a great museum.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WOW! What a fantastic experience. While some have commented about the price, I felt this was great value if you truly appreciate what your looking at when you visit. The quality and the detail used in the displays is greatly done.

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Thank Carl C
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This has got to be the best presented museum of aviation. The displays are so real and detailed. Spent hours looking around and could have spent more!

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Thank X3050PNMike
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a few hours to spare due to a delayed ferry and detoured here. It was fantastic and more than two hours we had could be spent here. Rather than just old aircraft in a hanger these were all displayed in authentic settings with a story to tell. Well worth a visit and give yourself plenty of time.

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Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a recommendation & we weren't disappointed! It is an amazing place & you don't have to be a plane buff to appreciate it. The staff are extremely helpful & knowledgeable & only to happy to engage, answer questions share stories. Each exhibit has a story & we spent ages reading each one. Can't believe that some of those... More 

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Thank Andree G
Blenheim, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a world class exhibition, supported by Peter Jackson. The displays are realistic, the staff/guides know their stuff and there is also a cafe. Don't be put off by the entry cost.

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Thank c4Barb
Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a magnificent aviation museum. Featuring Sir Peter Jackson,'s (of Lord of The Rings fame) ,own collection of WW1 Aircraft . I have visited aviation museums in Australia and England and I believe this is the finest example of WW1 aircraft, (many still flyable).

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Thank digger1946
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful facility with loads of interesting displays. Well laid out. We were also lucky enough to use the newly added fjnction centre which was a fantastic addition to this amazing place.

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