Air Force Museum, Christchurch

4.7
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Explore the nation's long legacy of military aviation at Air Force Museum, featuring a wide array of well-known and rare aircraft. Follow the history of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, from its earliest days through its operations in both Europe and the Pacific during World War II to its postwar modernization. Wander the complex and admire the 28 aircraft on display, including famous warbirds like the Grumman Avenger, Supermarine Spitfire, and the P-51 Mustang. You can even hop aboard the museum's flight simulator to try your hand flying a deHavilland Mosquito in an attack on German battleships. Tours are offered; check the website for more information. Our Christchurch trip itinerary builder makes visiting Air Force Museum and other Christchurch attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 13, 2017
    This is a great, free outing for all ages. The history of planes in NZ and abroad is a treat. It covers not only the world wars, but beyond. The German hut is fun, and will be a treat for children.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We took a look around and had a great time looking, learning and going in the simulator. ($6) There's heaps of information regarding the New Zealand and we learnt lots. Definitely worth a visit. Would...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Great friendly staff. The museum is in a modern building and the selection of aircraft and displays was good. Some great interactive displays enjoyable for both the kids and adults too! I also recomme...  more »
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  • This museum is amazing. Missed it last trip, wasn't disappointed at all. Huge collection of vintage aircraft and great displays. We spent a little over 2 hours, could even do more time here. . Spread out very well, across 2 levels, worth the trip here. Great for kids as well. Has a unique gift shop and Cafe.
  • Surprisingly good displays. Lots of informative history. Well restored aircraft. Friendly staff. Good coffee. Enough to entertain the kids.
  • Was there for a work event. Our work used one side of the museum to host 116 High school students. Cafe is great & so is the atmosphere. 🖒 The history in there is rich and so is the experience of being able to see the range of planes and stories behind each one.
  • Such a cool wee museum! Both informative/educational and interactive and fun. Can easily spend a couple of hours here
  • It's free! One of the most interesting museums I've been to in New Zealand and I would have never chosen to go there without the suggestion of someone else. Very majestic displays and an abundance of information and remembrance of past pilots.

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