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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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Address: 79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-579 1305
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Amazing displays!

So much information and what fantastic displays! They really made you feel like you were in the scene!

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

So much information and what fantastic displays! They really made you feel like you were in the scene!

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

Outstanding collection of war history, so impressive, will definitely visit again next time we're in Blenheim

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went with my wife and 2 girls (6 and 4) in December. Thought this would primarily appeal to adults but kids found very interesting as well. They have two museums - one for WWI airplanes and one for WWII. We went to the World War I exhibit which houses Peter Jackson's WWI planes. It was pretty fascinating for all of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

An impressive collection of war planes and other items from fighter planes and pilots. Worth a visit.

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed my visit to this museum. The guide was very informative but didn't push us through giving time to look closely at each exibition. Fabulously done thanks to all that made this possible. Take your kids that will live it.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A well thought out museum (even if you aren't really interested in the planes!) I quite enjoyed the history and the stories outlined in addition to the displays. Well done!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Three to four hours of spectacular renovated or modern replicas of world war one and two aircraft. Fascinating profiles of pilots such as the legendary Red Baron. The Stalingrad experience forcefully explains the horrors and significance of this battle. One small criticism, the lighting of the written material could be much better. Nice coffee too.

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RachaelBrown29, Marketing Manager at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thanks John, we really appreciate your positive feedback and pleased to advise that we are in the process of auditing the lighting as some of these do need to be replaced. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We did both the WW1 and WW2 are exhibits and both were outstanding. I am not an aviation or a war buff but boy did I enjoy this place. Lots of planes and memorabilia. I loved the stories about some of the pilots as well.

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RachaelBrown29, Marketing Manager at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thanks Lu, our goal is to bring aviation history to life and in a way that has appeal to everyone not just enthusiasts. So this makes us very happy! More 

New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Escorted a colleague who wished to visit on her day off. Really pleased I did because it was almost as good as the War exhibition at Te Papa.

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RachaelBrown29, Marketing Manager at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review we'll take the "almost as good" as a huge compliment! More 

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

We were in Blenheim for the UB40 concert and so pleased to read that the new ‘Dangerous Skies’ World War II exhibit was finally open so we went along for a look. This exhibit is nowhere near as big as the World War I display, but still well worth it to see the old planes and read some fascinating stories.... More 

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RachaelBrown29, Marketing Manager at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review and your comments in regards to the Stalingrad experience - we appreciate you spreading the word! More 

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