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Air Force Museum

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Address: 45 Harvard Avenue | Wigram, Christchurch 8062, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-343 9532
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Discover one of the world's premier military aviation collections at the...

Discover one of the world's premier military aviation collections at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand. Take a guided tour 'behind the scenes', fly a simulator, step back in time in the 1940's prisoner of war exhibit,view historic newsreels and relax in our cafe. FREE ADMISSION, Open Daily 10am - 5pm.

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Great value - but leave a donation!!! These things cost money to run.

Free entry, amazing value and a well curated museum. Kids loved it. Great little selection of aircraft and well documented pieces from WW1 and WW2. Was disgusted to watch groups... read more

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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Free entry, amazing value and a well curated museum. Kids loved it. Great little selection of aircraft and well documented pieces from WW1 and WW2. Was disgusted to watch groups come in, discuss leaving a donation and then not doing so. Ugly behavior when this museum tried so hard to please with the only funding coming from donations.

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Brisbane, Australia
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What a great museum and it's free. Donation recommended by us though as so worth while. We spent several hours here and could have spent more. Educational too. Enjoyed the coffee @ the coffee shop too.

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Thank Maggie B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fantastic place for young and old, it is tastefully set out, and does not have that image of dusty old museum. It is worth a visit and the coffee shop has some nice treats as well as the shops, with helpful staff at hand.

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Thank sw893036
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful displays well worth a visit helpful staff very clean and tidy plenty information in front of the exhibits

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Thank Donna S
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was invited to a childs birthday party at the Air Force Museum. The children got into overalls and had dog tags, we went behind the scenes and the kids got to jump out of a plane and throw some water bombs. They had a great time, and we ended up having food there as well. It was very interesting... More 

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Thank hotts2017
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is free to enter but offers a wealth of things to see and do. It is easy to get around and there is ample parking. Staff members were very helpful and friendly.

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Thank mike p
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's great but gets bland after many visits recommend to any plane lovers out there but as I said it does get bland after a while

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Thank KangarooDundee
Christchurch, New Zealand
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the site donated by henry wigram, a long history of airforce. Was a big loss when the govt sold the airfield to infill with housing, this small museum all that is left, worth a small visit wont take up much of your day

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Thank Adrianhamill
Gainsborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

How People from NZ took to the skies in both world wars fought with bravery with many who never returned, either dead or taken prisoners of war to ascertain that future generations live as free nation. Rooms and Rooms filled with pictures and planes used at that time telling of their bravery. Got to b seen to understand what these... More 

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Thank Kesh R
Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An interesting museum, with a wide range of artifacts, dioramas. & interactive exhibits. We both liked the 'life of a POW' in Europe rooms - they are working on an exhibit detailing the experiences of POWs in the Pacific. My husband loved being able to sit in a bombers gun turret. For those who have visited the Australian War Memorial... More 

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