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“Aviation History”

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed October 8, 2013

This is a world class venue. I spent 4 hours here and could easily have spent another day, but that is something for the future. I will certainly go back when the WW11 display that is planned is finished.

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

This museum has attempted t display the aviation conflict of the first war realistically as possible. this does limit the amount of displays but what was there was creditably done. The staff were helpful and informative.
there are flying displays on certain days of the year. Please check web site for dates and details.

Thank RodMayall
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

We got really engrossed in the items in this fascinating museum plus all the period detail that goes with it. The technical construction of the aircraft is amazing by comparison with modern flight.
Only slight criticism was the music soundtrack playing in one of the halls repeats endlessly, and this was a bit tiresome. However overall it's a great place, and the volunteer guides were so helpful. Would love to return to see the next phase.

Thank Alison W
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JaneOrphan, General Manager at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2013

Hi Alison, our apologies for the repeating soundtrack. There was a glitch in the system but that is fixed now. Thank you for your review and I hope you will be back to visit in the future.

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

I visited this museum with my boyfriend while we were in Blenheim to do a wine tour. Admittedly it was his idea to go here, however I ended up really enjoying it as well! It was a great insight into the history of aviation especially in relation to the first world war, and I found the other artifacts as interesting as the planes themselves.

Thank Toria1985
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

This is our second visit to the Omaka Aviation Museum, this time we drove from Christchurch for three and a half hours with the sole purpose of visiting the museum. The displays are spectacular, Sir Peter Jackson has had people in the film industry prepare dioramas which bring the planes to life in settings as they would have been in wartime. There are two display areas with memorabilia and stories from the Allies and the other the Germans - both very interesting. There is a central display on the Red Baron and part of his plane cut off after he had been shot down by the Aussies in WW 1. The staff were very friendly and the guide informative. There are plans to expand the museum to include WW 2 planes in the future so we look forward to returning again.

Thank LuluDol
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