First World War flyers at Ōmaka - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Ōmaka

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Ōmaka in the Video tab.

The death of German pilot the Red Baron – killed by an Australian soldier in the First World War – is at the centre of an aviation museum at Ōmaka, near Blenheim. Film director Peter Jackson’s collection of First World War fighter aircraft is also on display, along with a tribute to the carrier pigeons that delivered messages during the war.

Related web links:
New Zealand goes to war: First World War overview

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way – its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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