Aviation centre bustling

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 08:01 06/01/2014
 Amelia Ward
Emma Allen

Amelia Ward, 8, on holiday with her family from Wellington.

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The unpredictable and wet weather in Marlborough over the past week has kept visitors looking for indoor entertainment.

Blenheim's Omaka Heritage Aviation Centre has seen customers flock to its doors.

Aviation centre employee Fiona Burnett said the centre had been really busy, with both tourists and locals looking for something to do on the rainy days.

"Since Christmas Day we have been super busy with customers here all day," she said.

Amelia Ward, 8, visited the centre while on holiday with her family from Wellington.

They spent most of their holiday in Golden Bay and visited the centre en route to Picton, where they were to catch the ferry home.

"My mum named me after Amelia Earhart because she was such a strong lady that believed she could do what she dreamed of," Amelia said.

Her family were amazed at how real the exhibits looked, especially the mannequins and the mud in the displays, she said.

Mark Fell and Jenny McDonald, of the Bay of Islands, also stopped by the centre during a three week trip to the South Island. "The centre is brilliant," Mr Fell said.

The couple enjoyed spending some time out of the howling winds and rain, he said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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