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While we are closed on Christmas Day, you can come and explore the Museum and discover our stories every other day over the holiday period.

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

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

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Exhibitions

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

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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.

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Visit

Find out everything you need to know to plan your visit to the Air Force Museum.

What's on at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand

The Tour
Behind the Scenes Tour

Take our special half-hour guided tour to learn more about the Museum’s work ‘behind the scenes’ and discover the aircraft, vehicles and engines in our reserve collection.

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Museum Hunts

With regularly changing themes and challenges, our hunts are a fun way for families to explore the Museum together.

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School Holiday Programme

Embark on your next adventure during the school holidays!

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.

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Collections & Research

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand holds the national collection of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).

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Conserve

Learn more about the conservation of our aircraft and other large objects.

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How to Donate an Item

Find out how to donate items to the Air Force Museum collection.

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Make a research enquiry

How to contact our Research Team.

Blog

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Wāhine Toa: Women in Defence: collaborating and curating online

The first collaborative, online exhibition of its kind by New Zealand’s national service museums explores the journeys of women serving in New Zealand’s military since gender integration.

Photo negative conservation

Conservation of photo negatives

Our Keeper of Photographs, Matthew O’Sullivan takes us through an example of conserving a photo negative from the collection.

Make: Lanovia Model: C-550 Digitised for Air Force Museum of New Zealand by NZMS from original documents

40 years of service – the military journey of Harry Leese

Read the story of the life of a veteran who served in both World Wars.

Never Forget

Never Forget by Jo Bailey

Reflect on personal stories in ‘Never Forget’, by New Zealand writer Jo Bailey, where she has combined extensive interviews with the use of wartime diaries, black and white photos, and written memoir, to create six compelling first person accounts of war.

Image from the No. 75 Squadron collection. Photo album that belonged to Leonard Rodney Hewitt.
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Three members of a crew standing beside a No. 75 Squadron Wellington. Believed to be at RAF Station Feltwell.
Note the over-painted squadron code letters on the fuselage. No. 75 Squadron's letters 'AA' are painted over a previous identity, believed to be No. 37 Squadron's letters 'LF'.

What’s in the background?

What’s in the background? Find out more about this photo from our Keeper of Photographs.

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Ron Hermanns’ trench art collection

Discover Ron Hermanns collection of exquisitely-crafted ‘trench art’, produced during two tours of operation to the Pacific islands during World War Two.

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Plan Your Visit

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

Museum 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.

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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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