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Air Force Museum

45 Harvard Avenue | Wigram, Christchurch 8062, New Zealand
+64 3-343 9532
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Discover New Zealand’s military aviation story at the place where it all began. Engage with stories of the men and women who have helped shape New Zealand’s military aviation journey, and reflect on their service and sacrifice through years of war and peace. Explore the diverse collection at your own pace through immersive exhibitions, or join a free, guided ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour. View the historic aircraft on display, embark on a museum hunt with the kids, or test your flying skills in the ‘Mosquito Mission’ flight simulator! Price: FREE Admission - activity charges may apply Opening Hours: Daily (except Christmas Day), 10.00am - 5.00pm.
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“on display” (45 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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45 Harvard Avenue | Wigram, Christchurch 8062, New Zealand
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"behind the scenes"
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"on display"
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"flight simulator"
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"free entry"
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"aviation history"
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"new zealand"
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"great displays"
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"world war"
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"free tour"
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"well worth the visit"
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"couple of hours"
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"guided tour"
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"all ages"
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"great place to visit"
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"rainy day"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My son asked to go here after spotting advert in tourist brochure. Even though a number of aircraft were wrapped up during refurb there was still plenty to see. Staff at front desk were super helpful and offered kids options for different treasure hunts to...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A lovely place to visit on a Sunday afternoon. It's free to enter and a nice place to visit on your own, with a friend or with family. We joined the tour and Ray was very informative and knowledgeable. Nice to see old planes restored....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on Wednesday 23rd May. There is so much to see and do there, it's all free. We arrived at the right time and went on the free guided tour which included areas you can only see with a guide. After you have finished drive...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well presented collection. Done in a very realistic setting. Well worth a visit. This is one of the better aviation museums. Easily world class standard.

Thank Dave R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic museum, can't believe it's free entry! I was with my 12 year old cousin who is not super into planes or anything and she had a great time too. The tour was awesome too!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The absolute highlight. Ray (Sheridan, if I remember correctly) was just a delightful, informative and lovely guide who will be dearly remembered as part of our great visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool place, lots to learn would definitely recommend to family’s with young teenagers! So much history!

Thank Watchmerateyou
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting displays and quite a nice place to spend a couple of hours having a look around. Unbelievably, entry is free, however donations are gladly appreciated.

Thank Paul H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visiting from Australia and not knowing too much about the RNZAF history, we stumbled upon the museum online. Its fascinating to see the new suburb appearing around the heritage buildings of the former RNZAF base. The museum has some great exhibits, particularly on NZ's WWI...More

Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great display of aircraft and story boards everywhere telling NZ stories of our air history. Was there for a Conference dinner and took the time to look around - really interesting!

Thank Ramplifers
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