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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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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"new zealand"
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"great displays"
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"all ages"
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"couple of hours"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 6 days 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!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went to the museum with a friend from Germany, we were greeted by one of the old pilots who asked my colleague where he was from, Jorg said "Bielefeld" the old pilot said "Oh I think I bombed that place" Jorg said "you did,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pretty awesome collection if you’re an aviation buff, or simply to see some of New Zealand’s historic past. Free entry but donations are welcome. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a superb collection of New Zealand aircraft and supporting material from the RNZAF's founding on that very site in the 1920s to the present day. My favorite exhibits were the restoration rooms and the "Prisoner of War Escape Experience," in which you go through...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My Husband wanted to go to this museum - I went too and was totally amazed. I wasn't keen to go - but the experience made me want to go back there again for a much longer time and read all the wonderful stories -...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Air Force Museum not only is a must do FREE attraction in Wigram Christchurch it hosts the Symphony Orchestra as well. This is a magnificent event to watch. Truly magical to listen too, whilst enjoying the atmosphere of the museum.

Thank TriggerRosie
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a wonderful place to visit ,a museum of planes and war histories . Beautifully displayed .Children friendly and best of all its free.

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Reviewed 16 June 2018

Probably only one in NZ with special theme "Air Force Museum" in a big size. Yes, it is in a big building, two levels, spacious with plenty of real aircraft displays. Visitors were directed historically through different rooms and displays, from the early and pioneer...More

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Reviewed 3 June 2018

This museum is situated in Wigram, Christchurch. The information, aircraft and memorabilia displayed is well-presented: informative without being patronising. And, there are a number of videos from WW1 onward featuring the RNZAF in action throughout the years. I recommend taking a 'Behind the Scenes' tour,...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2018

We took the kids here on a rainy day to get them out of the house. Lots of history, and you can pay for a guide

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