Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre79 Aerodrome Road, Omaka, Blenheim
Tel: +64 3-579 1305
5.0 Stars written by Matt Baker
A little know gem.
Having been to the larger aircraft displays owned by Peter Jackson (which are also excellent) this was a pleasant surprise.
Entry is $10 per person and grants you access to 2 hangars. Unlike Peter Jackson's exhibits there are no frills or dioramas but in return you benefit from being able to walk right up to the planes to look and touch.
This gives you a much greater appreciation for the craftsmanship that has gone in to building and maintaining these planes.
The staff here are all volunteers that have a real passion for the aircraft on display and will happily furnish you with detailed insights on all of the vehicles as you walk round.
5.0 Stars written by Claire Proud
Wow! This place is worth every penny.
We visited just the WWII exhibition but enjoyed every minute. The aircraft are so close and you can see all the details. The information boards are interesting to read and the item cases are laid out well with interesting artifacts. The Stalingrad digital exhibition was impressive. The effects were fab and the facts were startlingly, they brought a tear to my eye.
We spent an hour and a half there and loved it!
5.0 Stars written by Julia Corby
Fascinating, spacious mix of displays about airmen and women and aircraft. Beautiful attention to detail and aimed at adults. There are no children's activities here but plenty to see and engage none the less. I wholeheartedly recommend this museum
4.0 Stars written by Eric Clay
The WW1 exhibit was amazing. They have a significant number of aircraft, many of which are displayed in life-size dioramas built by Weta Workshop since many of the aircraft are owned by Peter Jackson.
However, the WW2 exhibit was quite disappointing in comparison despite being nearly the same cost. It doesn't have anywhere near as many aircraft (and the aircraft they do have are relatively common in other, free, museums) or the amazing dioramas that make the WW1 portion so interesting.
If you visit, I recommend saving a few bucks and see only the WW1 aircraft and skip the WW2 exhibit until they bring it up to the same standard.
5.0 Stars written by David Hedges
Great museum, though be prepared to pay twice. The WW1 and WW2 collections are treated separately - which doesn't make sense to me. However the displays are very professionally executed and the section on Stalingrad is very moving.
Entry is not cheap, but you will be pleased you went! Recommended.
Separately there is a car museum (+$15pp) which we didn't visit due to a lack of time.