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‘Time Explorers’ – 16-20, 23-27 January 2017


We have intercepted a strange and alarming message about the fate of the Air Force Museum.  Only by travelling back in time can we protect the Museum’s future.


Your mission for the January school holidays, should you choose to accept it, is to…


  • Build and test a time machine
  • Travel through time to solve exciting mysteries from the RNZAF’s past, and save the Air Force Museum
  • Outwit the evil “Time Bandits” using your new training and skill


Alongside these special missions, we will have our regular holiday programme favourites, including ‘Prison Guard’ (hide and seek), craft activities, and games.


30 spaces available.


Ages: 5 -12

Cost: Full day: $38, Full week: $175

Hours: 8.00am – 3.00pm

Bookings Essential: Please contact the Visitor Experiences Team

Ph 03 343 9504



“Thank you for making the school holidays fun for Madison and Connor. I appreciated the fact that I could leave them in a safe place – you all made me feel at ease. Looking forward to the next school holiday programme Ngā mihi”

Holiday Programme group bookings


The Air Force Museum is the perfect place to bring your holiday programme groups. You can choose your programme from the three options below, all of which are conducted indoors, perfect for all weathers.


All of our holiday programme group visits are hosted by a Museum staff member and generally last 2 hours, including 1-1.25 hours of structured programme content and 45-50 minutes of exploration time for children and their leaders/supervisors to complete a Museum hunt.


All options are $8.00 per child (leaders/supervisors are free of charge).

Visit times are: 10.00am–12.00pm and 1.00pm–3.00pm.

We ask for a minimum of 15 children for a booking. Smaller groups can be catered for, but may be charged a minimum amount, subject to the Education Officer’s review.

All of our group visits include a welcome and safety briefing – we set the scene for a safe and successful visit.


We would love to have your group visit our wonderful Museum. The Air Force Museum is a registered charitable trust, so support from our community means a lot to us.

Option A – ‘Sea Survival’

  1. Children are introduced to the Air Force’s important role in search and rescue (SAR), the equipment and aircraft used, and receive their mission briefing.
  2. They then climb inside a real life raft, have fun learning about survival gear, and use the life raft’s radio to call for help.

Option B – ‘UN Undercover Mission’

  1. Children pretend to be United Nations (UN) peacekeeping paratroopers, learning to ‘parachute’ on to crash mats before boarding the Andover aircraft for a ‘flight’ into a war zone.
  2. The group then moves stealthily to our Pacific Simulator Room to test their observation and memory skills, while surviving a simulated bombing raid.

Option C – ‘Operation Air Drop’

  1. Children get to make a take-home kitset glider and then have a go at flying it. Can they successfully land it on our makeshift aircraft carrier?
  2. They then get to make a parachute, from materials supplied, before attempting to land their precious, moving cargo on the ‘drop zone’ below.


Chris Davey

Education Officer

Phone:03 343 9517