Easter 2017
Omaka Blenheim New Zealand

Our travel plans are designed to be flexible and cater for non aircraft enthusiast partners as well.
The following information is designed to give you a starting point for your travel to New Zealand.

2013 Photo Gallery

Travel to the airshow by campervan - story from 2013

Classic Fighters Airshow

Classic Fighters Omaka air show is held over three days from Good Friday to Easter Sunday every alternate year, as a major fundraising event for the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

The main show days are Saturday and Sunday, with the programme running from approx.10am 4.00pm. Friday has traditionally been a Practice and Trade Day, but in 2009 we held the inaugural Twilight Extreme, to an enthusiastic response from the audience, which will see this addition continued for future airshows.

Classic Fighters is designed to be more than an airshow, our philosophy being to provide visitors with a weekend of family entertainment in an event that is distinctly different and with a unique Marlborough flavour. Certainly the aviation theme dominates, but the flying is combined with ground theatre, vehicles, pyrotechnics and set pieces to create a spectacle that all will enjoy.

Back from the display line, visitors can take a break from the action and seek out a bargain in the trade stalls or be tempted with a glass of Marlborough wine and sample the delicious food on offer, while the children explore the playground attractions.

Throughout the show there is a strong sense of fun and humour. To that end, each show is themed to not only give direction and meaning to the air show scenarios, but also to include the public and connect with them across a broad range of interests. Past airshows have included 'locating' the action in North Africa, France and Italy, as well as one year's 'Aviation and the Movies' theme which offered a broad spectrum of entertaining options. This always keep the props team busy, as they have cheerfully taken on such ambitious projects as a pyramid and sphinx, Eiffel Tower, Arc de 'Triumphe, a section of the Forum, gondolas and even the monastry at Monte Cassino on a nearby hilltop! 2011's show was possibly the most dramatic of all, with a full-scale V2 rocket! What will they get up to next?

Blenheim Region

Marlborough stretches across the north-east corner of the South Island of New Zealand. The region is easily accessible by inter-island ferry, air, train or road. Its commercial hub is Blenheim, which has a population of some 27,000. Originally a provincial service town to the farming community, it is increasingly geared towards the wine industry, offering a relaxed and cosmopolitan ambience for visitors. North of Blenheim is Picton, the seaport gateway to the stunning Marlborough Sounds and entry point for the inter-island ferry services.

The region is internationally renowned for its award winning wines and offers a multiude of options for sipping and sampling or wining and dining. The year-round sunshine, mild climate and diverse landscape - which encompasses native forests, trout-filled rivers, coastal tracks, sheltered bays for cruising and fishing, mountains and high backcountry - offers visitors an exceptional range of recreational activities on land and on the water.

Car Hire

New Zealand’s roads are easy to navigate and of high quality. Driving distances are short and the scenery changes hourly, and don’t forget the ice-cream.

New Zealand Flight Bookings

 

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Click Picture to see car hire

You can use the the above web booking engine, or call us as per the 'Contact Us' details.
You can also email us if you want someone here to do the flight bookings for you.

Campervan hire = comfy camping and convenience

Campervans are one of the most popular methods to visit this airshow. The convenience of having your vehicle and home as one, means that you can stop virtually anywhere in New Zealand, prepare a meal or snack and stay the night. Campervans today are well designed with all facilities to ensure a comfortable stay. They are ‘walk in walk out’ as far as equipment and bedding is concerned and have an on board toilet and shower (unless otherwise stated).

New vehicles premier models
Details of vans and live booking

Backpacker or budget Campervans
Older used vehicles

General Accommodation

Hotel and Motel

Take the link via picture to the left to our web based accommodation booking system. You can then search and book live. If you do not find anything, or would like to have one of us do this for you then call, or email us. For all airshow accommodation enquiries where you require us to find hotel or motel rooms we will require an initial deposit of $45. Should you go ahead with what we find this will contribute to the final total cost. If you do not go ahead then we will retain this as a service fee.

The Official Classic Fighters Web Page