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

Air Force Museum

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

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Aircraft

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

From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Blog

Read our latest blog articles to learn more about what’s going on at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

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Exhibitions

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

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News

Find out about the latest news from the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

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Photographs

Browse digitised parts of our photograph collection online.

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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.

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Image from the Alwyn Palmer personal collection.Air to air view of three Vildebeests in formation over Auckland city. From front: NZ103, NZ102, NZ111.

Origins of the Royal New Zealand Air Force

On 1 April 1937, following the passing of the Air Force Act, the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) was established as an independent service.

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My time at the Museum

The past three months I had the opportunity to work with the collections team and have discovered that there is so much more to the Museum than what is on public display.

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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.

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.

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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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On the wing – Rugby in the Royal New Zealand Air Force

With the Rugby World Cup in full swing, we thought it would be a great opportunity to trace the story of New Zealand’s national game in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).

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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.

TEMPORARY CLOSURE - ONLINE SHOP 

As the Air Force Museum of New Zealand is currently closed in accordance with government guidelines, our online shop service is also temporarily suspended. No orders will be able to be processed until such time as staff are able to return to work. Thank you for your understanding in these exceptional circumstances. For more information on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here

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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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