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. Put Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre into our Blenheim trip itinerary builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Incredibly realistic dioramas of scenes from WW1. No detail is over looked! From the nurses driving their ambulance through muddy fields to battles in the air.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    I have to say that I wouldn't call myself a fan of plane museums and that on several previous visits to Blenheim I have resisted suggestions to visit this centre ... but I was so wrong! It is a specta...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    This WWI / WWII museum brilliantly fills in an easy hour in each exhibit hall. The exhibits are wonderful as you would expect via Peter Jackson and Weta workshop. Friendly guided tours are available o...  more »
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  • Very good display of early aircraft, aeroplanes from both World Wars. Well worth spending several hours here.
  • Wow wow wow. Spent hours here. Best museum every.
  • This has so much to look at, i recommend having the guide to take you through, he can tell you about everything in there and the occasional story.
  • This is the best example of history and real to life models and displays. Value for money as you will spend hours reading and looking at these amazing displays. After you can relax and a have a good coffee from the attached cafe.
  • This is an amazing place! Interesting representations of history can be hard to find but this WWI and II museum is spectacular

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Charming rustic lodges and welcoming family-run bed and breakfasts let you experience the gentle lifestyle in Blenheim. Other options include various hotels, backpacker hostels, and, farther out of the town center, motels. If staying out of town among the vineyards, consider renting a bike for easy access to the center.
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