Discover New Zealand's military aviation history at the place where it all began
Discover a variety of engaging special exhibitions at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
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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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.
With regularly changing themes and challenges, our hunts are a fun way for families to explore the Museum together.
Revamp Vintage Market Takes Flight
‘Revamp Vintage Market Takes Flight’ at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand! Come along and explore the biggest market yet with an incredible selection of stalls from Christchurch’s best vintage stores and local artisans. Free entry!
Engage with our collection
Collections & Research
The Air Force Museum of New Zealand holds the national collection of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).
Fearless birds and wild winds: The meaning behind RNZAF badges and mottoes
Delve into the world of heraldry and discover the meanings behind some of our Air Force’s badges (crests) and their Te Reo mottoes. Read more in our latest blog!
Sunderland NZ4111 and the Chatham Islands incident
In 1959 an RNZAF Sunderland was damaged and eventually abandoned on the remote Chatham Islands east of New Zealand. In this blog, we explore the story of that incident, using recently-digitised historic photographs from our archives.
Many a Close Run Thing
An excerpt from the published memoirs of Tom Enright, a veteran New Zealand pilot from Central Otago. Tom joined the RNZAF in 1951, and on graduation, was recommended for a cadetship with the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell, England. His first 20 years flying was in a variety of military aircraft, including Vampires and Sunderlands, and he was a member of the famed RNZAF Vampire aerobatic team. He then spent the next 25 years as an airline pilot. This is an extract from his new book Many A Close Run Thing (Harper Collins NZ).
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.
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’.