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Free Admission
Open Daily 9.30am to 4.30pm

Museum Visit

Key details

Cost: FREE. As the Air Force Museum is a registered charitable trust, koha (donations) are gladly accepted.

Programme duration: Allow 45-60 minutes for a Museum visit, 20 minutes for a Reserve Collection Tour, 20 minutes for an Andover aircraft experience and 20 minutes for the Pacific Simulator experience.

To book, contact:

Chris Davey, BA, Dip Tchg
Education Officer

Phone: (03) 343 9517

Discover our amazing displays



Discover our amazing displays, which offer insight into Air Force life during the World Wars through to the present day. Students will love exploring the Museum, full of amazing aircraft and personal stories, while completing Museum Hunts and worksheets, provided in the pre-visit kit.

Make the most of your Museum visit by booking a tour of our Reserve Collection (subject to availability), located in our new building - just a short walk under cover from the Aircraft Hall. This not only allows children to see more aircraft ‘behind the scenes’, but also gives them the unique opportunity to climb inside a real Iroquois helicopter and Bristol Freighter transport aeroplane.

The opportunity is also available to board our Andover aircraft, located in one of our historic hangars, go for a pretend flight, and then participate in a simulated parachute jump. Or, add the option of a Pacific War simulated experience where students are ‘enlisted’ to the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War Two, learn about the conditions that our personnel faced while stationed in the Pacific Islands, and then are exposed to a simulated bombing raid.

  • Technology: Technological Knowledge, Nature of Technology
  • Science: Physical World
  • Social Sciences: Identity, Culture, and Organisation, Place and Environment, Continuity and Change
  • Key Competencies: Thinking, Using language, symbols, and text, Managing Self, Relating to others, Participating and contributing.


About Primary Education

We offer a broad range of primary education programmes, all closely linked to and designed for the New Zealand School Curriculum.

Exploring Flight

Through a series of practical activities, learn about the parts of an aircraft and the principles of flight.

Plan your group visit

Find out all you need to know about planning your education group visit to the Air Force Museum.

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