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“The best museum I have ever been to!”

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
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WWI and WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Ranked #2 of 68 things to do in Blenheim
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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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Rotorua, New Zealand
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“The best museum I have ever been to!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

I am not a museum-goer, but the heritage and history that has been collected and displayed in this museum is the best I have seen. I spent a good two hours here and could have spent longer. Amazing displays and informative history collected together with a touch of Peter Jackson magic. A must see for everyone.

Visited April 2014
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“Fly you fools!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

What a brilliant time we had here. I had the ride of my life in the Boeing Steerman out over Whitecliffs thanks to pilot Ryan Southam. Take off and landing were so smooth it was like it had never happened. The whole flight was a bucket list experience ticked off in an incredible way on a perfect blue sky day. Make sure you book one for yourself. It is not to be missed.
The museum itself is amazing. The displays are so realistic it is as if you are walking through a combat zone with the action on 'pause'. It was quite eye openign to see the huge evolution of flight across 4 short years. I loved learning about "taran" 'ramming as a tactic of air combat'. I found that fascinating.
I also thought the displays of mementos, uniforms, and everyday items was well thought out and quite beautiful.
Be sure to check out the enchanting embroidered silk postcards in the hallway.
We'll be back again and look forward to a future expansion of the facilities.

Visited April 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Fabulous in every way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

Allow at least 2 - 3 hrs, take it room by room and don't forget to do the back rooms with huge amount of memorabilia, uniforms, documents, models etc. I learned a large amount about WW1 here. There are plans to include WW2 and eventually Vietnam etc. You can see the hand of Peter Jackson in the displays.

There is a Car Museum across the road too, but don't expect vintage, it's 50's, 60' & 70's.

Visited March 2014
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“Unexpectedly amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

Realistic exhibits, incredible art and photography collection, amazing replica planes - and some that even work. Go here, you won't be disappointed.

Visited April 2014
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“An absolute jewel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Though the collection is smaller than some museums, it is world class in the quality of aircraft on display and the way in which they are displayed, Nice friendly staff in the cafeteria too. Not to be missed by any aviation enthusiast.

Visited April 2014
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