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Address: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-366 5000
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09:00 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Free entry (donations appreciated) where you can experience New Zealand's...

Free entry (donations appreciated) where you can experience New Zealand's rich cultural and natural history heritage. Rare Maori artefacts and the stories behind them will fascinate you. See the famous Paua Shell House recreated in the Museum. Walk down the Christchurch Street and be transported back in time with the sights and sounds of pioneering days. Discover the heroic age of exploration and discovery in the Antarctic subcontinent.

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Fantastic museum. Loved the Air New Zealand exhibition. Went to NZ in 1972 when I was 12 from Sydney, My first International flight, many memories.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Sydney, Australia
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic museum. Loved the Air New Zealand exhibition. Went to NZ in 1972 when I was 12 from Sydney, My first International flight, many memories.

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Sydney Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A fantastic blend of old and new, next to the botanic gardens. So much to see, we spent 2 afternoons viewing the whole experience including the exhibition on Air New Zealand. The cafe is a no fuss environment with views over the garden, and definitely a Christchurch must destination.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love museums as they can usually sum up a city’s indigenous people, flora and fauna, settlement, landscapes, and culture. This museum is no exception. We spent an hour looking at the fossil exhibits of the giant moa bird, reading about the extensive culture of the Maori people (settlements, artefacts, weapons of war etc), and then the colonisation by Europeans.... More 

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Mildura, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You need a lot of time if you want to see all this museum offers Very well set out with a great range of local history. a wonderful place to get lost in The old Christchurch street was interesting. well worth a visit

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Northlew, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't really have time to do the whole museum justice. But thoroughly enjoyed the 'old town ' street with shops and the special Air New Zealand exhibit.

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed this trip to the museum. It was fun and very informative. It doesn't take too long to walk around so is perfect for a few hours in between other things.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staff were really friendly and helpful. Excellent displays. Really enjoyed the Air New Zealand section. It was very interactive and even had dress ups for the kids. Well worth a visit and also a donation.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum always have itinerary exhibitions in the main area and the permanent ones are a worth to go. Very beautiful building, but try to avoid busy hours, as the tourists fill it up and you cannot enjoy. In addition is in the botanic garden, what it makes easier to visit both places.

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Greenbackville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful pairing on your visit to the botanical gardens. More time was spent here than anticipated. A view into the history of the local region; the people, animals, and cultural impact. Being an aviation buff, I really enjoyed the Air New Zealand history and "future of air travel" exhibit!

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Launceston, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful building to explore. We particularly enjoyed the free entry exhibition currently on, Air NZ. Interactive for young and old. Wonderful tribute to fabulous airline, well worth a visit.

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