The Air Force Museum of New Zealand, formerly called The Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum, is located at Wigram, the RNZAF's first operational base, in Christchurch, in the South Island of New Zealand. It opened on 1 April 1987 as part of the celebrations for the RNZAF's 50th anniversary, and is primarily a museum of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, its predecessor, the New Zealand Permanent Air Force and New Zealand squadrons of the Royal Air Force. The Air Force Museum of New Zealand's mission is to preserve and present the history of New Zealand military aviation for commemoration, learning, inspiration and enjoyment.
The Museum holds the national collection of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The collection includes objects covering the early days of New Zealand military aviation both prior to World War I and during this major conflict, the interwar years which saw the formation of the RNZAF in 1937, New Zealanders who fought in the RAF and in other Allied air forces during World War II, the RNZAF's campaign in the Pacific, and the post-war period to the present day. The collection also includes objects from former enemy forces, aircraft, aircraft components, aircraft engines, large objects, textiles, art and memorabilia as well as an extensive paper and photographic archive.
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Alyx Zeilstra | Jan 19, 2018
So cool! They have so many models and currently they have different figures from every year of service telling their stories. The prisoners of war exhibit was fascinating. Amazing. Allow at least an hour and a half as we went right before it closed and had to rush through the upstairs part a bit.
TheSaintST1 | Feb 23, 2018
I got a behind the scenes tour of see how the volunteers restore classic, historical RNZAF aircraft. It is free and my one took place around 11pm. Especially great for av-geeks and engineering enthusiasts alike. Main museum well laid out and tells the full story of the RNZAF, so it's not just a bunch of aircraft in a hangar. See the memorials and commemorative areas for all the service men and women who have dedicated their lives to their country and for flight. The guide (Ex-RAF engineer) is a cheerful, chap! Good stuff 👍
James Hutton | Jan 8, 2018
Amazing place! The kids loved the planes, the engines and doing the scavenger hunt. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, and we all really enjoyed ourselves. I was really surprised at how big and professional the whole place was. I fully recommend this place even for people not into planes.
Maara McLaughlin-Ioata | Dec 29, 2017
It's well worth going there for the day. The exhibitions were really well put together & very informative. The airplane hangar was the icing on the cake for my boys & hubby. The whole family enjoyed it. The cafe was pricey though.
Nick Stanley | Feb 20, 2018
Very Interesting, and well worth a visit. The free tour behind the scenes was well worth taking. Guide was very knowledgeable.
Britta Rottschy | Mar 23, 2018
This is a hidden gem! I was sure I would be bored and ended up loving every minute of it. Besides an awesome display of aircrafts and memorabilia, there was lots of history and personal stories. I loved all the figures from across the ages with their personal stories. One of the best museums I have been to!
Karla Snelling - McEwen | Mar 15, 2018
Great place to go and wander around, take time to see everything don't rush your experience. Needs maybe a little more interactive exhibits for younger children. Great that it is free to take grandkids to learn about our past, very important that they understand what past generation gave for this country.
Zac & Bea Munro | Mar 15, 2018
Went for the vegan expo which was great. Didnt look at the museum as its intended but cool planes over head. Reckon it'd be worth it if you're into history or vehicles especially ones that fly 😉 the vegan expo was amazing though
Eric Clay | Mar 30, 2018
This is one of the best free museums I've been to. Large aircraft collection ranging from WW1 up to the present, along with great exhibits on the history of the New Zealand Air Force. Highly recommended.
Sean Barrett | Apr 23, 2018
Great time out for the family. Expect to spend about 2 hours there. Our guide Don was amazing and his inside knowledge made the difference. The flight simulator was a lot of fun. The exhibitions of WWII fighters (Spitfire, Mustang and Avenger) are great. There is a bit maintenance going on with the replacement of their exhibition hall roof.
Margaret Lofthouse | Apr 13, 2018
Great place to spend a couple of hours. Easy to walk around and view informative and interesting exhibits. Great coffee shop and free - donations welcome . In middle of upgrading. We'll go back if we can in a couple of years to see even more exhibits
Andrew Miller | May 31, 2018
Such a wonderful time to be had by both young & old here, from observing all of the planes on display through to the behind-the-scenes tour (which is a MUST DO) this museum is beautifully displayed and is a true asset to the city. The staff are passionate and willing to share their expansive knowledge of the history that lies both in the museum itself and the displays. Ensure you have several hours at least to truly take it all in, and try the Flight Simulator for an amazing experience at what it was like to fly some of these planes! Thanks for a great time, we will be back!
Jonathon Lintott | Jun 10, 2018
A great museum. Far more than we expected. The displays are modern and right up to date. Many of the team worked on the airbase while it was active so can offer great insights. Free entry, however the museum operates mostly from donations so they are encouraged.
Julian Gerretsen | May 23, 2018
Was expecting a reasonable collection of aircraft. Totally blown away with what they have on display here. Be sure to take the free tour to see more aircraft not on general display. Friendly helpful staff too.
Jeremy Hawker | Jul 4, 2018
By far the best attraction Christchurch has for children. Fantastic atmosphere, very friendly staff and lots of seating available. They even have free chargers for phones!! Lots of areas for kids to explore, the dark hangers with the aircraft is really something else if you're not used to it! Well worth a look if you're in town or passing through
Ilya Genkin | Jul 15, 2018
I guess my 4-stars only rating comes from the fact I saw the Canterbury Museum (5-stars) right before this one so my expectations were high. This is a very good museum with lot's of good stuff and information, but I probably expected more exhibits and a bit less text. Also they were in a process of rebuilding a few exhibitions so half of hangars weren't open. However it's still a good plece to visit especially with kids.
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