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Discover New Zealand's military aviation history at the place where it all began

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Kids’ Collection

Do you have something that you’d like to share in our online exhibition? It doesn’t need to be old – museums also collect stories about things that have happened recently and are happening now, so that these stories can be told to people in the future.

Wāhine Toa: Women in Defence

Wāhine Toa: Women in Defence

Welcome to Wāhine Toa: Women in Defence, an online exhibition exploring the journeys of women serving in the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) since gender integration.

Aircraft

Aircraft

Explore our aircraft and learn about New Zealand’s aviation history.

Still life featuring a negative, light meter, gloves and a magnifier. Air Force museum of New Zealand.

Photographs

Browse digitised parts of our photograph collection online.

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AFM Kids

Try some of fun and engaging aviation-themed kids’ activities at home!

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Exhibitions

Discover a variety of engaging special exhibitions at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Reflect

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Memorial Alcove

This stunning stained glass window and monument stands as a tribute to the thousands of New Zealanders who gave their lives in defence of their country in air operations around the world.

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Roll of Honour

A memorial and record of all New Zealanders who have died while in service with the RNZAF or other air forces since 1915.

Air to air view of three Avro 626s in formation over the Port Hills, near Christchurch.
Near aircraft; NZ203. Far aircraft NZ204. 
Original negative number WgF184.

Avro 626 NZ203: fast facts on a unique aircraft

The Avro 626 on display at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand is a very unique aircraft with an interesting story: it is the only fully-intact surviving aircraft operated by the RNZAF before World War Two.

Researching your family history

Researching your family history online

Whakapapa connections – who we are, and where we come from – are how we relate to our families and our own place in the world. Whether you’re researching a military or civilian ancestor, this blog will help begin your journey into exploring your family history – a journey you can start online.

Image from the Andrew Maguire personal album collection.
"Going aboard SS Darvel for [the] last time 9/2/42."
Personnel from No. 1 Aerodrome Construction Squadron on the dock in front of the ship SS Darvel during the evacuation from Singapore.

Let’s Talk Research: The Heavy and Continuous Sacrifice Conference

Over 13-15 February 2020, a major international conference on World War Two was held at Massey University campus in Wellington. Entitled ‘Heavy and Continuous Sacrifice’, it focused on New Zealand and international aspects of the conflict.

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Handle with care

Every day, objects in our collection present our team with unique challenges to overcome if we are to look after them in the best possible way. Find out more about individual storage solutions.

Support us | Online Shop

Reopening of our online shop

We have a great range of aviation-themed gifts and souvenirs. Your support helps continue to preserve and share New Zealand’s military aviation history.

While the Museum remains closed under Alert Level 3, our Shop is open for online purchases only, with a special offer of 20% off all t-shirts. This includes a brand-new range, featuring four of our most iconic aircraft.

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Plan Your Visit

Information about opening hours, admission, how to get here and parking.

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Open daily from 10am to 5pm (except Christmas Day)
Entry to the Museum is free, donations are appreciated.

45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch | 03 343 9532

We welcome visitors of all abilities

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