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Air Force Museum

Air Force Museum

Discover New Zealand’s military aviation story at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Engage with stories of those who have helped shape New Zealand’s military aviation journey and reflect on the service and sacrifice of thousands of New Zealanders who have served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF).

Located on the former Wigram Base, the national museum of the RNZAF and New Zealand military aviation officially opened on 1 April 1987 as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the RNZAF.

The national collection of the RNZAF includes objects, documents and photographs covering the history of New Zealand military aviation, from World War One to the present. View 30 aircraft throughout a display area of approximately 5,000m2. The Museum also encompasses 14,000m2 of storage and workshop space across six buildings.

Why not climb inside a jet cockpit or scale replica C-130 Hercules cabin, while exploring the diverse collection at your own pace.

Enjoy food and drink at Contact Café, open from 9.30am - 4.30pm everyday (except Christmas Day).

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand is the custodian of the national collection of artefacts relating to the history of New Zealand military aviation, from World War One to the present.  This collection exceeds 1,000,000 items and includes documents and photographs, textiles, aircraft and motor vehicles, aircraft engines and components, medals and memorabilia.

Explore the Museum in a different way:

  • Try one of our Museum Hunts.
  • Take the pilot seat and test your flying skills in the Mosquito Mission Flight Simulator.
  • Find out more about the Museum’s collection and conservation work on a free 30 minutes Behind the Scenes Tour.
  • Visit the Museum Shop for unique aviation gifts. Receive a 10% discount for Shop purchases (not Café) when you present your NZDF ID card in store. You can also shop online.

AFM Kids – Check out our range of fun activities for kids!

Do you have a research question?

The Museum’s Research Team handles queries relating to many different aspects of RNZAF history and New Zealand military aviation in general. From a family member looking for information on their grandfather’s wartime Air Force service, to an aircraft modeller requesting colour scheme details for an RNZAF aircraft. The archives comprises of a range of records and photographs while the research library houses over 3,500 books on military and New Zealand aviation. Members of the public are welcome to access the research collection in the reading room, by appointment. Contact the Research Team for more information.

The records of anyone serving in the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) after 1920 are held at the NZDF Personnel Archives at Trentham, Wellington.

Donate an item

A large portion of the objects, documents and photographs have been donated to the Museum, which helps with the development of the collection. The Museum is grateful for all offers of material New Zealand’s military aviation history and you can find out more about donating an item on the Museum website.


Location: 45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram, Christchurch

Price: FREE Admission - activity charges may apply

Opening Hours: Daily (except Christmas Day), 10.00am - 5.00pm.


Phone: (03) 343 9532