Planes, Wines and Automobiles in Picton

4.5 Hours
Group Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $50 Per Person

Planes, Wines and Automobiles in Picton

4.5 Hours
Group Activity
Shore Excursion with Guaranteed Return to Ship

From (USD) $50 Per Person

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      Planes, Wines and Automobiles in Picton

      Picton, New Zealand
      From (USD) $50 Per Person
      • Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum: Transport yourself to the early 1900s at this vintage aviation museum and see what life was like for WWI fighter pilots.
      • Omaka Classic Cars Museum: Motor over to this museum showcasing over 100 classic cars, all of which have contributed to the New Zealand way of life.
      • Spy Valley Vineyard: Explore Waihopai Valley, the area's premier wine growing region, and sample award-winning wine at this architecturally stunning vineyard.
      About This Picton Tour

      By 1918, the infamous German fighter pilot known as the Red Baron had already secured his place in history. At only 25, he'd been credited with downing 80 enemy aircraft. Perhaps he'd come to believe in his own immortality when he daringly flew behind enemy lines in pursuit of his target in April of that year. But Allied troops were ready and an Australian gunner promptly shot him down, with the Baron's red Fokker triplane crashing dramatically in a field.

      Imagine what it was like in the field that day when Australian soldiers picked through the wreckage in search of information and memorabilia. If you have trouble picturing it, a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim will clear things up. The scene is one of many depicted in life-size dioramas designed and built by historians and set designers under the watchful eye of aviation enthusiast Peter Jackson.

      Jackson, the Oscar-winning director of the Lord of the Rings films is a native New Zealander and an avid collector of vintage WWI aircraft. He spearheaded this acclaimed museum, which is ranked among the top in the South Pacific. With more than 20 realistic exhibits and dioramas, it provides fascinating insight into the lives of fighter pilots in the early 20th century.

      More adventurous visitors are encouraged to don WWI pilot goggles and ride along in a vintage aircraft over the spectacular Marlborough wine region. You can even bring along a red scarf.

       The Red Baron's notorious blood relative

      Although Manfred von Richthofen – the Red Baron – never had children, one of his brother's reported offspring stole the headlines in recent years. Suzane von Richtofen, was convicted of bludgeoning her parents to death in Brazil and is currently serving a 40-year sentence for murder. Although the German von Richtofen family denies any link, it gives new meaning to the words "blood relative."

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      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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