Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Top choice museum in Blenheim

This exceptionally brilliant museum houses film-director Peter Jackson's collection of original and replica Great War aircraft, brought to life in a series of dioramas that depict dramatic wartime scenes, such as the death of the Red Baron. A new wing houses Dangerous Skies, a WWII collection. Vintage biplane flights are available (10/20 minutes, $250/380 for one or two people).

A cafe and shop are on site, and next door is Omaka Classic Cars, which houses more than 100 vehicles dating from the '50s to the '80s.