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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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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!

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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.

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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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How to Donate an Item

Find out how to donate items to the Air Force Museum collection.

Research Query
Make a research enquiry

How to contact our Research Team.

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Photographs

Browse digitised parts of our photograph collection online.

Blog

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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!

Salvage of Maritime Operational Conversion Unit Sunderland, NZ4111, after it was holed and sank in Te Whanga Lagoon, Chatham Islands.
The Sunderland lying low in the water.

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.

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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).

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.

Visit

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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.

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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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