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


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.



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.


Browse digitised parts of our photograph collection online.

Air Force Museum

AFM Kids

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

Air Force Museum


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


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.

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.

Photo negative conservation

Conservation of photo negatives

Our Keeper of Photographs, Matthew O’Sullivan takes us through an example of conserving a photo negative from the collection.

Image from the No. 75 Squadron collection. Photo album that belonged to Leonard Rodney Hewitt. "Jim Falconer: LRH: George Key" Three members of a crew standing beside a No. 75 Squadron Wellington. Believed to be at RAF Station Feltwell. Note the over-painted squadron code letters on the fuselage. No. 75 Squadron's letters 'AA' are painted over a previous identity, believed to be No. 37 Squadron's letters 'LF'.

What’s in the background?

What’s in the background? Find out more about this photo from our Keeper of Photographs.

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Ron Hermanns’ trench art collection

Discover Ron Hermanns collection of exquisitely-crafted ‘trench art’, produced during two tours of operation to the Pacific islands during World War Two.

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A Bridge Too Far? Remembering New Zealand airmen and the battle for Arnhem 75 years on

Discover more about one of the most daring and ambitious military operations in history, Codenamed Operation Market-Garden which took place in Holland.

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.


Plan Your Visit

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