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Free Admission
Open Daily 9.30am to 4.30pm

Aircraft Hall


Home to 13 stunning vintage aircraft.

This space is also a popular venue for private functions.

Aircraft Hall


Originally built as an aircraft hangar during World War Two, the Aircraft Hall is home to 13 stunning vintage aircraft, all displayed under theatrical lighting.

You will discover a mix of former RNZAF aircraft, including some which have come to the Museum straight from operational service, and others which have been restored over many years by the Museum’s talented technical team. There are also a number of aircraft of non-RNZAF origin, which represent different aspects of New Zealand’s military aviation story.

Highlights of the gallery include the VIP Douglas Dakota, NZ3551, which transported Her Majesty the Queen on her coronation tour of New Zealand in 1953-54, as well as Avro 626 NZ203, which is the oldest surviving complete RNZAF aircraft. You will also encounter a number of interactive exhibits as you walk around the Aircraft Hall, including a Vampire jet cockpit which you can climb inside, and a World War Two bomber’s gun turret. Don’t miss the historic newsreel films, projected in large-scale, which bring RNZAF history to life.

The Aircraft Hall is also a popular venue for private functions, and at times it may be necessary for some of the aircraft to be removed so that function set-up can take place. The aircraft most commonly moved include the P-40 Kittyhawk, Spitfire, Skyhawk, Avenger, UH-1H Iroquois and TA-4 Skyhawk.

For information about hiring the Aircraft Hall for a function, click here.


  • Vampire jet cockpit interactive
  • VIP Dakota which carried HM The Queen
  • Avro 626, RNZAF’s oldest surviving aircraft
  • Historic newsreel films
  • Wartime bomber’s gun turret interactive
  • Access to the ‘Captured!‘ POW exhibition

Open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm (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