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  • Address: 79 Aerodrome Rd, Blenheim, New Zealand
  • Hours: 9am‐5pm December‐March; 10am‐4pm April‐November. Closed Christmas and Boxing Day.
  • Admission: Adults (15+) $30; Child (5-14) $12; Seniors (60+) $25

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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Tours

New Zealand took a heavy toll in the fighting of World War I. By most estimates, the young nation lost 5% of its men of military age—a proportion that far outnumbered any of the other nations at war. Despite New Zealand’s heavy losses, the nation still commemorates the event and is proud of its military involvement, and the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center nearly brings the war back to life.

Through the use of historic World War I aircraft and the help of Peter Jackson—who created Hollywood-quality exhibits to show the atrocities of war—the center has become one of the world’s foremost exhibits on early aviation. While strolling the exhibit called Knights of the Sky, admire the impeccable dioramas that detail the tragedy of war—all of them featuring historic aircraft that served in World War I. There are scenes of pilots being shot down and artifacts belonging to The Red Baron, and by the time you finish wandering the halls of the shockingly real exhibits, you might swear you were actually on the Western Front in the summer of 1918. There’s also a museum with general info on World War I aviation, and even if you aren’t an aficionado of military biplanes or aircraft, the special effects and professional lighting combine to create a museum experience that's impressively entertaining. 

Practical Info

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Center is just eight minutes from the center of Blenheim, and guided tours are offered daily at 10:30am and 2pm. You’re also free to explore the exhibit on your own, which is one of the world’s largest collections of aircraft from The Great War.

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WWI and WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Blenheim, null
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WWI and WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre presents two world-class exhibitions. The first is the original ‘Knights of the Sky’ exhibition, featuring Sir Peter ...  Read more

Location: Blenheim, New Zealand
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.78
Dangerous Skies WWII Exhibition at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Blenheim, Museum Tickets & ... 
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Dangerous Skies WWII Exhibition at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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Visit the new ‘Dangerous Skies’ exhibition which features stories from World War II at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum. These are tales of daring, valour ...  Read more

Location: Blenheim, New Zealand
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $14.76
Picton Shore Excursion: Wings of Omaka and Marlborough Wine Tour, Picton, Museum Tickets & Passes
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Picton Shore Excursion: Wings of Omaka and Marlborough Wine Tour

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Enjoy a half-day small-group shore excursion from your cruise ships arrival into Picton. This tour provides you with the unique opportunity to combine the ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.75
Knights of the Sky - The Great War Exhibition in Blenheim, Blenheim, Ports of Call Tours
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Knights of the Sky - The Great War Exhibition in Blenheim

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre presents the outstanding Knights of the Sky exhibition, featuring Sir Peter Jackson's own collection of World War One ...  Read more

Location: Blenheim, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $18.45
Full-Day Omaka Aviation Heritage Center and Wine Tasting Tour, Picton, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Full-Day Omaka Aviation Heritage Center and Wine Tasting Tour

This full-day small-group tour from Blenheim or Picton takes you to the Omaka Heritage Aviation Centre (entry fees apply). This is a popular icon stop with ...  Read more

Location: Blenheim, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $92.24
Private Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delights Tour from Blenheim, Blenheim, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Private Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delights Tour from Blenheim

An experienced local chauffeur/guide will take you on an exciting wine and gourmet experience on this private, full-day tour from Blenheim. You will enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Blenheim, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $365.26
Private Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delights Tour from Picton, Picton, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delights Tour from Picton

Enjoy stunning scenic views of the Marlborough wine region and taste the sensational wines and seriously delicious gourmet treats and cuisine with your ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $365.26

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