Air Force Museum of New Zealand

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Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Air Force Museum of New Zealand
4.5
Military Museums • Speciality Museums
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Free admission* | 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), 9.30am - 4.30pm.
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19Francis72
New Plymouth, New Zealand77 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
There s plenty of exhibits which were easily viewable. Everton was well explored and it would take more than one visit to read it all. Our daughters who are young teens loved the place and had fun exploring. Would visit again.
Written 23 April 2022
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Alan H
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia16 contributions
Apr 2021
If you like aircraft then a must see in New Zealand.
There are excellent examples of military equipment used by The Air Force plus extras.
Written 22 March 2022
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Alvin
Palmerston North, New Zealand52 contributions
Feb 2022
Fantastic place to visit if you love aviation. A good history of RNZAF and plenty to see, and better still it is free ! We brought tee shirts and I got a spitfire one.
Written 17 March 2022
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cpcog
Wellington, New Zealand1,329 contributions
Jan 2022
Although the museum is free, there are plenty of things to see. You can see a lot of flights and learn more about the air force history of New Zealand. Only one section would need $6 to play. The rest are all free to explore and visit. The museum is rather big!
Written 4 January 2022
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Sean Ohsee
Wellington, New Zealand36 contributions
Dec 2020
I was expecting a quick visit and ended up spending half a day. The experience was enhanced by the volunteer guide who was a font of background information. I have to give it a five star rating as it is on par with the otherwise incomparable US Air Force museum in Dayton Ohio (when adjusted for population).
Written 11 November 2021
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a1otus
New Plymouth, New Zealand21 contributions
Jun 2021
We hadn't even intended to visit but we were wasting time waiting for our flight and ran out of time here. Big mistake!
Excellent free museum that has lots of different aeroplanes and paraphernalia to view, along with hundreds of amazing real life stories of New Zealanders' exploits and experiences in the war. Really well presented and accessible, even if you don't think it's your 'thing'.
The prisoner of war section is truly fascinating and takes you on an in depth journey as a POW from capture to release
There's even a proper fighter plane cockpit you can sit in to experience what it was like. Do go - and allow a few hours.
Written 3 July 2021
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S & B
Australia49 contributions
Jun 2021
Not the largest museum, but enough to keep the aviation enthusiast and the casual visitor interested. Mark is an excellent volunteer!
Written 24 June 2021
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William
Wellington, New Zealand39 contributions
May 2021
I hadnt been to this museum before, so was looking forward to seeing the exhibits. Some of the displays were unavailable for refurbishment but there was more than enough for me - I was there over 2 hours reading the display boards and looking at the aeroplanes and artefacts on display. Its easy to forget how difficult the second world war was, but reading about the heroic feats of the pilots and support crew was a sobering reminder of what men and women died for.
Written 8 May 2021
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Michelle Dee
Ashburton, New Zealand175 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Me, my partner & my dad went to the Air Force museum in Wigram mid Jan.
Not sure if i did a review at the time but ways. Had a great time! My dad & my partner loved all the plans, helicopters & history. Even i found alot of the stuff there amazing, i learned lots while i was there, the guides who are ex pilots/ex military had so much knowledge & experiences & I felt alot of respect for them. Took tones of photos but ive uploaded the best to this review. The gift shop is cool too. I walked in wearing the jacket i got at the California Science Museum & the guys there thought i was a regular and been there before ahha. I wish i took the tour though but we ran out of time im sure it would have been worth it too. No negative feedback or thoughts at all for this place. Definitely coming back, come back with kids too. Speak of kids you can do kids parties there too which is totally awesome & they wear those pilot jumpsuits sooo cute.
Oh yes so my favorite plan is the Kittyhawk but i also liked the historical area where they had retrived some very very interesting items from our history. Very very cool! Highly recommend especially for aviation fans ae.
Definitely will be back 😇😊❤
Written 17 February 2021
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Pete and Sar Gearing
Auckland Central, New Zealand137 contributions
Dec 2020
A bit off from the center, but it is worth the trip. The collection of plane, jets and helicopters (military vehicles) were amazing!!! A must visit!
Written 3 February 2021
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