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Free Admission
Open Daily 10am to 5pm

Collections & Research

About our Collection

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

The collection is very diverse and includes objects covering the early days of New Zealand military aviation both prior to World War One and during this major conflict; the interwar years which saw the formation of the RNZAF in 1937; New Zealanders who served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and in other Allied air forces during World War Two; the RNZAF’s campaign in the Pacific, and the post-War period to the present day. The collection also includes objects from former enemy forces.

The collection is owned by the RNZAF Museum Trust Board and cared for by a full-time team of trained museum professionals.


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


Find out more about our archives and research service.

Donate an Item

Find out about the process of donating an item to the Air Force Museum collection.


Plan Your Visit

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

Reserve Collection

The Reserve Collection space, accessible on our free guided tours, is where you will encounter our aircraft, vehicles and engines currently in storage.

What to See

Discover New Zealand’s military aviation history by exploring our galleries, displays and exhibitions.


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

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We welcome visitors of all abilities




  • Memorial Alcove
  • Roll of Honour
  • ATC: 75 Years
  • Canterbury Stories