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Discover New Zealand's military aviation history at the place where it all began

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Kids’ Collection

Do you have something that you’d like to share in our online exhibition? It doesn’t need to be old – museums also collect stories about things that have happened recently and are happening now, so that these stories can be told to people in the future.

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.

Aircraft

Aircraft

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

Still life featuring a negative, light meter, gloves and a magnifier. Air Force museum of New Zealand.

Photographs

Browse digitised parts of our photograph collection online.

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AFM Kids

Try some of fun and engaging aviation-themed kids’ activities at home!

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Exhibitions

Discover a variety of engaging special exhibitions at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Reflect

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Memorial Alcove

This stunning stained glass window and monument stands as a tribute to the thousands of New Zealanders who gave their lives in defence of their country in air operations around the world.

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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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Within the Glass Case: The Red Baron

So, who was this Baron von Richthofen and who was A.V. Barrow? Why and how did Barrow collect these souvenirs and what is their significance?

Still life featuring a negative, light meter, gloves and a magnifier. Air Force museum of New Zealand.

Air Force Museum Photo Archives go online

We are really thrilled to announce that for the first time ever, researchers will be able to browse digitised parts of our photograph collection, online.

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The ‘Bougainville Typewriter’ – Bill Williamson’s trusted companion

To run a successful military unit requires a lot of administration. Learn more about the Underwood typewriter was used during World War Two.

Unknown civilian man holding a pigeon. England. Original caption reads: "British Official Photograph CH5011. How 'Winkie' an RAF Pigeon Helped Save the Crew of a Derelict 'Beaufort' The crew of four of a 'Beaufort' aircraft of Coastal Command, RAF, forced down into the North Sea owe their rescue partly to a pigeon known as 'Winkie' one of two pigeons carried. When the aircraft was forced down the Wireless operator got out the tin pigeon container. 'Winkie' had broken out; the other, sent off with a message attached, failed to report. The base aerodrome picked up a weak call sign giving a vague indication of the position of the crew in their dinghy - the aircraft having sunk very quickly - but the arrival at her loft of 'Winkie', wet and oil clogged after a 100 mile flight in bad weather, enabled calculations to be made which narrowed considerably the area of search. The crew were eventually located and taken aboard by an RAF high speed launch. The RAF pigeon 'Winkie', which flew a hundred miles in bad weather back to its loft, this materially aiding the rescue of the 'Beaufort' crew. See Air Ministry Bulletin 6428."

Messenger Pigeons of World War Two

Homing pigeons were widely used as messenger carriers by the armed and civil services during World War Two.

Support us | Online Shop

Reopening of our online shop

We have a great range of aviation-themed gifts and souvenirs. Your support helps continue to preserve and share New Zealand’s military aviation history.

While the Museum remains closed under Alert Level 3, our Shop is open for online purchases only, with a special offer of 20% off all t-shirts. This includes a brand-new range, featuring four of our most iconic aircraft.

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

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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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