Omaka News

The Great Omaka Snake Escape  28 Sep-13 Oct 2019

20 September 2019

It's the school holidays and we're shouting out to all young adventurers to come and help us with the Great Omaka Snake Escape! 70 years ago, a 14.4 foot  Hudson bomber crashed deep into the Solomon Islands jungle. Our plane salvaging explorers have discovered the rusting wreck and it's now on display in the amazing revamped Dangerous Skies exhibition but they've disturbed a nest of plane swelling snakes who have made their slithery, scaly escape into the museum!

 

Come follow the clues to find where these sneaky serpents are hiding so we can return them to their jungle home. All participating explorers will receive a reward as a snake finding fee!

 

If you are a Marlborough local please remember to bring proof of residence (eg a utilities bill) to unlock your special entry price.

Dangerous Skies WWII exhibition re-opens Friday, 13 September

6 September 2019

We are excited to announce that World War II exhibit, Dangerous Skies will be re-opening to the public on Friday, 13 September. The Omaka creative team have been hard at work over the last two months installing new exhibits and we’re proud to say that we think it is even better than before! We are looking forward to bringing new and inspirational stories of pilots and their machines to life in our trademark Omaka style.

 

The main exhibition area now holds two additional aircraft, both originals and never seen before in Dangerous Skies. The first a Messerschmitt Bf108 once owned and flown by German ace Franz Stigler, and the second a Lockheed Hudson, an American-built light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft which has been suspended in a dramatic crash scene in the depths of a Pacific island jungle. Other spaces have been reconfigured to better highlight the incredible stories of WW2.

 

The refresh of the Dangerous Skies exhibition represents our commitment not just to preserve significant aircraft and memorabilia but to continually evolve and attract new generations to the museum. Story telling is the key to realising our mission to establish a permanent ‘living’ centre of aviation heritage, which will fascinate, educate and inspire visitors of all ages. The new displays are another small but significant step towards the planned multi-stage development of Marlborough’s single most visited attraction. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

Storytime at Omaka these school holidays

23 June 2019

The school holidays will soon be upon us and we’d like to invite kids to a special in-exhibition reading of 'Le Quesnoy - The story of the town New Zealand saved' written by Glyn Harper. The magical setting of the Knights of the Sky exhibition will make this beautifully illustrated book come to life. Then venture on a 'Kid Friendly' tour of the exhibition specially tailored to young hearts and minds. Parents/caregivers are welcome to enjoy a quiet coffee in our cafe while our staff entertain the children (or join in!) but we ask that they not leave the premises during this time. This story is best suited to kids aged 5-9 years, pre-schoolers are also welcome but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

 

When: July School Holidays (8-19 Jul) Monday to Friday at 11am

Cost: $10 per child /Adult

 

Numbers are limited so bookings are recommended. Contact us by phone 03 579 1305 or email:  info@omaka.org.nz

It's been a summer of record-like numbers attending the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre every day over the last couple of months but today was an exception as vintage motorcycle owners and enthusiasts from all over New Zealand converged on the AHC for a public display and gymkhana right alongside the museum. In fact an area of airfield taxiway was set aside for those interested to display motorcycles all ages around a course of cones (and a DC-3!), all carefully cordoned off from aircraft movements of course.

 

Close to 200 motorcycles participated with all of the famous names like Norton, Indian, Harley Davidson, Ariel, Triumph and Henderson represented. It has been a day of great excitement and enthusiasm for this gathering of a century's worth of two-wheeled masterpieces!

 

During the course of the day there was plenty of flying going on as well but a special bonus for guests was the display by Graeme Frew of his resident Yakovlev Yak-3 Russian WW-II fighter, and also another aerobatic display by Noel Kruse in his awesome Pitts S-2S aerobatic biplane 'Pig'! (That may sound an unkind name for such an attractive little aircraft but it has an unusually large and capable engine so compared with most Pitts biplanes, Noel's example has, "More grunt......hence 'Pig'!")  Both display flights gave visitors a taste of what is in store for them here over the Easter weekend this year when the Yealands Classic Fighters Airshow launches!

Vintage Motorcycles descend upon Omaka!

18 Feb 2019

All proceeds go towards the future development and expansion of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. For more information, phone (03) 579 1305 or email info@omaka.org.nz

The Great Omaka Snake Escape  28 Sep-13 Oct 2019

20 September 2019

Dangerous Skies WWII exhibition re-opens Friday, 13 September

6 September 2019

Storytime at Omaka these school holidays

23 June 2018

Vintage Motorcycles descend upon Omaka!

18 Feb 2019

The Great Omaka Snake Escape  28 Sep-13 Oct 2019

20 September 2019

Dangerous Skies WWII exhibition re-opens Friday, 13 September

6 September 2019

Storytime at Omaka these school holidays

23 June 2018

Vintage Motorcycles descend upon Omaka!

18 Feb 2019

All proceeds go towards the future development and expansion of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. For more information, phone (03) 579 1305 or email info@omaka.org.nz