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Open Daily 9.30am to 4.30pm
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What’s happening at the Museum?

Find out about scheduled works at the Air Force Museum.

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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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KidsFest Fun

Back by popular demand – celebrate helicopters and all things rotary at the Air Force Museum this July school holidays!

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Stories About Modern Day Heroes

In April 2021 the Museum organised a short story competition where tamariki were asked to write about a hero in their lives. Read more now!

Explore our collection

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Photographs

Browse digitised parts of our photograph collection online.

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.

Stories on wall

Stories About Modern Day Heroes

In April 2021 the Museum organised a short story competition where tamariki were asked to write about a hero in their lives. Read more now!

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.

Sergeant Phil Lane, wearing a gas mask, on security duty on the tarmac in front of No. 40 Squadron Hercules NZ7003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Feb-Mar 1991. Image ref PD14-2-91, RNZAF Official.

Remembering Operation Desert Storm: the RNZAF and the Gulf War, 1991

30 years ago, operations against Iraq ended with the conclusion of Operation Desert Storm. During this brief but decisive conflict, RNZAF personnel were deployed in support of the wider Coalition against Iraq’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, and his forces.

No. 3 Squadron RNZAF 'Helimeet 90' team mascot, 'Crazy Kiwi', now in the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

The story of ‘Crazy Kiwi’

Thanks to the power of social media, we’ve been able to uncover the story behind this little Kiwi, who came into our collection wearing a Royal Air Force uniform.

Group of airmen receiving Christmas dinner, served by officers, as is traditional at Christmas time.  Bougainville, 1944. Image ref PR4676, RNZAF Official.

An Air Force Christmas

This small selection of Christmas stories, drawn from our archives, reflect the different experiences of men and women serving their country at Christmas time. Sometimes funny, occasionally sad, they all reflect how important this time of year is to service people and their families, both at home and abroad.

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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.

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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

We welcome visitors of all abilities

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