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
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.
What's on at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand
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.
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).
Rations – ‘Military Chocolate’. From the Collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. With fat and sugar delivering caloric clout, and cocoa solids bringing caffeine – and alertness – to the party, it’s no wonder that chocolate (or sometimes just cocoa) has long been a staple of military ration packs – including those…
Women at War by D.O.W. Hall
This year’s 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in Aotearoa has got us thinking about the influence gender equality has had on women serving in the New Zealand Armed Forces. Louisa Hormann of the Research Team discusses Women at War by D.O.W. Hall, and military roles for women in wartime New Zealand. New Zealand in the…
RAF Centenary Air Show
On Sunday 10 June, the Air Force Museum of New Zealand attended an air show overseas for the very first time as exhibitors, as part of the RAF Centenary Air Show at RAF Cosford in England. We travelled all the way to the other side of the world courtesy of our friends at No. 40…
Late autumn; when leaves that were recently picture-perfect are clogging every drain in sight, and you’re forced to walk through small lakes that form around them. It’s the time of year when you quickly remember that damp footwear brings a misery all of its own – sure, you’re not going to get Trench Foot in…
Wartime Knitting Revived
When Christchurch City Librarian Kat Moody was looking for inspiration after taking up knitting again, her husband knew just where to look. Simon, who happens to be the Research Curator here at the Air Force Museum, retrieved some World War Two ‘comforts’ patterns from our archives, and took some copies for her. Having seen such…
Everest Flight, 1945: a New Zealand pilot and the new route up Everest
Our Research Team receive all kinds of public enquiries, and the questions we’re asked can lead us on some interesting paths – and even on mountain treks! This is the story of a Kiwi airman whose wartime reconnaissance photographs helped develop the safer, second route to the summit of Mount Everest. RAF photographic reconnaissance Mosquito…