Heritage, Culture & Arts

Marlborough’s rich history runs wide and deep, from the earliest Polynesian settlers on Te Pokohiwi-o-Kupe/Wairau, Bar to the European pioneers who built towns and planted our first grapevines.

These people, the way they lived, and how they dealt with history’s major events has shaped Marlborough into what it is today.

Those stories are all here, waiting to be discovered all over again in the places where they happened or in our galleries, museums, art and theatre productions.

Omaka Aerodrome Heritage

Omaka Aerodrome is a busy recreational and commercial aerodrome in Te Waiharakeke/Blenheim.

The aerodrome was established by flying enthusiasts in 1928, when the Omaka Domain Board set 30 acres of land aside for free use by the Marlborough Aero Club.

The following year, the land size had reached 75 acres and the club was loaned one of the first Gypsy Moth aircraft by the New Zealand Government.

Omaka Airfield is still owned by the Marlborough Aero Club and offers pilot training. It adjoins the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and is the location for Classic Fighters – a major airshow held every two years.

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