Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Blenheim

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Take a journey through the history of flight and see numerous historical artifacts, including the insignia from Red Baron's own plane, at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Started by a dedicated group of aviation enthusiasts, the museum is especially renowned for its impressive collection of biplanes and triplanes from the World War I era, a personal collection of celebrated film director Peter Jackson. Inspect legends of the skies like an Airco DH.4 and other extremely rare machines, such as the Caproni Ca.22. Another exhibition showcases WWII aircraft, including the world’s only flyable Avro Anson Mk.1, and features female pilots more prominently. The museum also offers you the chance to soar through the skies and enjoy the views from the backseat of a biplane. Make Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre a centerpiece of your Blenheim vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Blenheim trip planning site .
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  • Make sure you have plenty of time to spend here. Aviation stories and special features on WW2. Fantastic displays.  more »
  • Visited with friends last week and we were all captivated by the history this museum holds inside. Thought provoking and interesting real life stories that are told not only through the information ab...  more »
  • Excellent attention to detail as you would expect in any project where Peter Jackson has any influence. Staff were all extremely helpful and friendly.  more »
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  • Wonderful collection of all the different waring nations' planes. Well worth paying for the guided tours. A lot of the planes are shown in dramatic situations. The planes are complemented with uniforms & lots of other memorabilia. Very easy to find & well sign posted. Excellent cafe for coffee & buns in the reception area.
  • Brilliant plane displays and super impressive in the way it's all setup and presented. Well worth the visit to both WWI & WWII exhibits. Really fascinating reading all the info boards. Equally amazing is all the memorabilia on display. Some incredible history on display. Loved it.
  • A world class museum to compliment the world class wines that draw many to Blenheim. You are making a mistake if you don't include a stop (or two) here during your visit. We only visited the WWI exhibit but spent a good bit over an hour immersed in the compelling story of how aviation was refined in its very early years. The guide was helpful and friendly. The exhibit can be enjoyed at many levels.
  • I have now been here twice, one with family and once for a scout camp, and loved it both times. They have a wide range of exhibits from historical prefers to recreations and they are setup in a way that you can go through quickly or take your time and neither feel like a waste of time. I would totally recommend to anyone visiting or living in Blenheim.
  • The museum is divided into two separate exhibits - WW1 & WW2. We viewed the WW1 exhibition. The quality of the displays is extraordinary. I can't wait to see the WW2 displays on my next visit. This is a must see when visiting Blenheim.
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