Picton, New Zealand
Knights of the Sky: The Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum
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Approximately 4 Hours
A scenic 30-minute drive through the foothills of the Richmond Range will bring you to the town of Blenheim.
Board the miniature railway that runs along the banks of the Taylor River for a 30-minute ride.
The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is home to a stunning collection of World War I aircraft -- a blend of faithful replicas and authentic aircraft. Many of the aircraft are on loan to the museum from Hollywood film director, Peter Jackson. The facility presents lifelike displays comprised of a spectacular collection of static and airworthy aircraft.
You will step back into an era when aviation was a gentleman's sport, and marvel at the early aircraft in which the heroes of yesteryear braved the skies. See rare planes such as the Caproni CA 22 (the last one remaining in the world), the Fokker DR1 tri-plane, and the de Havilland DH4. Part of the memorabilia collection includes items from Germany's fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen (the Red Baron).
Leaving Omaka, don't miss the chance to taste gourmet chocolate at the Makana Chocolate Factory. View fine chocolates being handmade and sample the finished products.
The miniature train is open-air; bring a jacket and sunscreen. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair.