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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.

Engage with our collection

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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

Vernon, a collection management system on a tablet. Image: Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Archives: past, present and future

Celebrating International Archives Day, our Research team explore the past, present and future of the Museum’s archive in this blog.

1985/067 Decoy dummy, 'Rupert', of the type used to confuse German defences on D-Day (2 images, front and back.

Operation ‘Titanic’ – Dummy paratroopers in World War Two

Operation ‘Titanic’ was the codename for the dummy paratrooper drops and was part of the broader deception initiatives given the codename Operation ‘Bodyguard’.

The nose section of NZ7272 being lifted away from the rest of the fuselage, 1 May 2019. Images courtesy of RNZAF Base Woodbourne staff.

Boeing 727 nose joins our collection

Read more about the arrival at the Museum of the nose section of former RNZAF Boeing 727 NZ7272.

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Tweets from our Archives

Engage with our Archives in a new way! Through Twitter, our team have been sharing some of the remarkable treasures we have in our archives, as well as providing a peek into the everyday life of the research team here at the Air Force Museum.

1948 Christmas card from RAF Fassberg, Germany. The cover illustrates the air bridge from Fassberg to Berlin. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

The Berlin Airlift – Seventy Years On

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the climax of one of the most remarkable logistic and humanitarian operations in history.

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Remembering the Kiwis of the Great Escape

On the night of 24 March 1944, the largest prisoner of war (POW) breakout ever attempted occurred at Stalag Luft III, a German camp for captured Allied airmen. Having taken over 750 men more than a year to prepare, this ‘Great Escape’ was unprecedented in its organisation and scale, but also in its tragedy. Artwork…

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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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