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Collections & Research

About Our Archives

The research collection consists of two archives – the paper archive and the photographic archive.


The paper archive is comprised of:


– Personal collections of letters and diaries

– Manuscripts and ephemera

– Flying logbooks

– Journals and magazines

-Unit histories

– Technical drawings and publications

– Maps and plans

– A research library of over 3,500 books

The photographic archive comprises:

– Some one million negatives belonging to the NZDF negative collection, including:

– Prints

– Photographic albums

– Film and sound objects


The Museum provides a research service for members of the public wishing to obtain information about New Zealand military aviation from its beginnings to the modern-day RNZAF. However, the RNZAF’s official records are held by Archives New Zealand (  and personal service records are held by NZDF Archives (

Accessing the Research Collection

Accessing the Research Collection

Members of the public wishing to access our paper and photographic archives can make an appointment to visit our public reading room if they are in, or visiting, Christchurch.


You can also explore some of our archival material online. Click here to view details of some of the archives we hold at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand through the Community Archive. We are adding to these regularly so keep checking back to find more.

Enquiry Service

Questions about New Zealand military aviation past and present, or about what we hold in our archives, are welcome. You can contact us by email, letter or telephone as follows:


Phone: (03) 3439 521

Mail: Research Officer
Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Private Bag 4739
Christchurch 140
New Zealand