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, including the 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. Special sections of the museum focus on pivotal moments in the history of flight and famous events of World War I. 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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  • When Weka workshops do airplanes this is what you get. It is incredible! So NOT a hangar full of dull planes. The displays are well spaced out, well lit and with information that is accessible to a wi...  more »
  • Another brilliant Sir Peter Jackson exhibit. This is an amazing collection of WWI aeroplanes (replicas) quite a few of which are flying examples. Also an superb collection of artifacts. The life size ...  more »
  • Set aside at least an hour to see the Knights of the sky (World War 1) section. This is the best part of the centre. Very friendly staff helped us with our questions. Facilities very tidy and clean. A...  more »
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  • Expensive but very interesting and well done. We spent a rainy afternoon here checking out both of the exhibitions. They are in 2 separate buildings to you might get a bit wet if you don't have jackets and/or an umbrella. It cost $39 each to see both the WW1 and WW2 areas. The WW1 area is bigger and has more stuff in it. If you take your time to read all the info as we did it took about 3.5 hours to make it through both. It was warm inside the buildings and this was on a rainy day so be prepared. I had to take off a layer. We brought our own food and drinks that we ate on the lobby area to save a bit of cash. You are not allowed to take food and drink inside the exhibitions.
  • Stunning exhibits! My partner is a total airplane nut so he loved it! I work building sets in the film industry and I just marveled at the incredible and realistic displays.
  • I really enjoyed seeing the broad range of stories from both WWI and WE I I and both sides of the coin. They have a great range of planes (many reproduction models, beautifully made) and have done research into the lives of the pilots and tell their stories too, showing a huge variety of artefacts too.
  • Excellent place to visit if you are into your war history. Well set out and some of the planes still fly. I want to go back for another look
  • Incredible displays - both the WW1 and WW2 are equally as evocative, educational and emotionally charged. Highly recommended.

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