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 Peter Jackson's collection of classic aircraft and his amazing heritage WW1 and WW2 displays. Scheduled tours are available and also options for a personal guide (additional costs apply). It is recommended that 1 – 1.5 hours is set aside for you to wander among the life-like displays of the past heritage activities and the most generous collection of personal memorabilia. This heritage delights tour can be tailor-made for your group to mix and match with more heritage options and some wine tasting, visit some of the local artisans and enjoy the scenic aspect of the beautiful Wairau Valley and plains. A stop for lunch (additional costs apply) at one of the picturesque wineries is part of your day as well as a must stop at the Makana Chocolate Boutique confections.
Your full-day tour offers the heritage enthusiast a great day to mix and match with wine, gourmet and scenic sights. For the air enthusiast the Omaka Air Museum is awe inspiring. The tour at the Air Centre takes approximately 1 - 1.5 hours. A cafe and memorabilia store caters for some tasty morsels and you can relax to discuss the amazing tour you have just experienced. There are several tour entry options for you to choose from:
Knights of the Sky (WW1) NZ$25.00 per person, Dangerous Skies (WW2) NZ$20 per person, Entry to both: NZ$39.00 per person (all costs are paid locally). Scheduled Guided Tours: Knights of the Sky: 10am and 1:30pm or Dangerous Skies: 11am and 2:30pm. Private Guided Tours are also available for groups: Knights of the Sky: minimum of 5 people at NZ$10.00 per person or Dangerous Skies: minimum of 5 people at NZ$8.00 per person. Costs can be subject to change and would be confirmed at the time of booking your tour. You could also take a joy flight over the vineyards on a Classic Wings Vintage Airplane Ride. This is for up to two people (certain criteria applies) and is an amazing journey of about 20 minutes. The cost is a bit more but well worth the experience. You could need a few wines afterwards! Consider visiting one or two wineries for tasting before your tour at Omaka, then followed by a light lunch at one of the winery cafe/restaurant gardens to relax and enjoy the views of the Wairau Valley landscapes.
The afternoon can include more wine tastings for those who have come to Marlborough especially for the sensational wines or an award winning garden or talented local artist's studio. Perhaps see some of the hand-made paua and greenstone jewellery. Makana Chocolate Boutique Confections is also another treat not to be missed. Spectacular high vantage points can be arranged for your photos for your very special Marlborough memories. If only part of the group choose to visit Omaka, you can continue on with some great wine tastings and sightseeing returning to pick up the Omaka guests. Your tour guide looks forward to sharing a little heritage and wine with you.