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Browse our fantastic range of aviation-themed gifts and products in the one-stop-shop for aircraft enthusiasts of all ages! Every purchase directly supports the work we do to preserve and share New Zealand’s military history.

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Exhibitions

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Captured!

Follow the journey of a prisoner of war in Europe during World War Two in this interactive exhibition which will engage visitors of all ages.

Airmen and friends celebrating at the Victory Ball at RNZAF Station Rongotai, September 1945.

Victory!

On 15 August 1945, the most destructive conflict in human history finally ended, with Victory over Japan Day (VJ Day). This photographic exhibition, featuring images drawn from our archives, is a record of that momentous time, when the nation celebrated and our Air Force began the gradual transition from war to peace.

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Parading for Victory: Air Force Contingent

75 years ago, the troopship “SS Maunganui” left Wellington to convey the New Zealand Victory contingent to the United Kingdom. Embarking on 20 April 1946, this journey took them all the way to London, where they joined a total of 1,600 personnel representing Commonwealth forces in the victory parade on 8 June 1946.

Watercolour – ‘Air Force Day 1981’ by Wing Commander Maurice Conly. Artwork depicts the two United States Force F-15 aircraft on the tarmac at the Open Day: F-15c 780500 (left) and F15c 780508 (right) both from the 67th Fighter Squadron, 5th Air Force USAF. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Air Force Day ’81

The end of Summer in 1981 at RNZAF Base Ohakea was marked by a full-scale episode of PDA. Not a public display of affection (although who’s to say that didn’t happen?) but a public display of aircraft.

Aerial oblique view of Corsair NZ5320, from No. 3 Servicing Unit, after crash landing in Piako Swamp, 27 October 1944. Image ref HIST489, RNZAF Official.

‘A few of our favourite things’: celebrating 1 year of our photos online

Since launching in February 2020, our online photo collection has been accessed by thousands of people across the world. These are a few of our team’s favourite photos from the online collection.

An Avro 504K of the Canterbury Aviation Company, similar to the one which made the first mail run in 1921. Image ref WgG2566-78_1, Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

New Zealand’s first scheduled air mail service

On 31 January 1921, a small Avro 504 biplane of the Canterbury (NZ) Aviation Company took off from Sockburn Aerodrome, carrying the first scheduled airmail service to commence in New Zealand.

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Open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm (except Christmas Day)
Entry to the Museum is free, donations are appreciated.

45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch | 03 343 9532

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