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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



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



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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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.

Museum Hunts

With regularly changing themes and challenges, our hunts are a fun way for families to explore the Museum together.

Holiday Programme Enrolment Form
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.

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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).


Learn more about the conservation of our aircraft and other large objects.

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.


Watercolour on paper. The art work was painted by SQDNDR John K Barry MBE, who was appointed Commanding Officer in Charge of the RNZAF Historical Centre in 1978 and was the first director of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand until February 1993.

Hudson under attack

No. 3 Squadron was involved in an epic struggle for life over the Pacific Ocean just four days after arriving on Guadalcanal in 1942. Flying Officer George Gudsell was captain of a Hudson on patrol when he spotted a Japanese naval task force south of Vella Lavella Island (Solomon Is.). When he flew closer to…

RNZAF Chief of Air Staff Air Vice-Marshal Leonard Isitt (left) laying a wreath at the Wellington Cenotaph about 1944. Image credit: ©RNZAF Official PR2968

Anzac Day Over the Decades

Since Anzac Day was marked for the first time in 1916, Kiwis and Australians around the world have gathered to reflect on New Zealand and Australia’s national day of remembrance. The day holds special significance, because it is an opportunity to remember and honour the service and sacrifice of those who have gone before us. The Museum archives unit documents how…


Military Headgear Conservation

Headgear, usually in the form of hats, helmets or headdresses, has long been part of military dress, fulfilling roles of protection, insulation, identification and decoration. For civilians too, the wearing of hats in public was practically ubiquitous until well into the 20th Century, and hatters and milliners did a brisk trade. As a result, headgear…


Kiwis in Combat – Flying the Meteor with the Australians in Korea

This is the story of two New Zealanders and one epic battle they fought alongside Australian pilots in true ANZAC spirit. In 1950, the Cold War heated up when conflict between North and South Korea brought the United Nations (UN) into the struggle. China later joined the war in support of the faltering North Koreans.…

I will not step back book

I Would Not Step Back by Hilary Pedersen and associated writers

“I Would Not Step Back…” by Hilary Pedersen et al., Phil Lamason Heritage Centre Trust (Dannevirke) 2017. ‘The wagon was jammed with 96 men, a number which,  in the height of summer, and the only ventilation about a 2sq foot window, appeared disastrous. But I managed to exert some authority, and like a chess board…

No. 75 (NZ) Squadron_AFM

The Centenary of the RAF

Thousands of New Zealand airmen, like the Kiwis in this No. 75 (NZ) Squadron crew, served with the RAF during World War Two. Image ref: MUS9809010 © Air Force Museum of New Zealand. A Century of Service On 1 April, the Royal Air Force (RAF) will celebrate one hundred years as the world’s first independent…


Plan Your Visit

Information about opening hours, admission, how to get here and parking.

Museum Shop

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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