Air Force Museum

Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Location: 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram

Phone: 03 343 9532

Hours: Open daily (except Christmas Day) from 10am to 5pm

Price: Entry to the Museum is FREE (some additional activity charges may apply)


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The Air Force Museum is perfect for kids – interesting aircraft to see and stories to learn, lots of hands-on exhibits, a spacious, family-friendly café and even a playground and reserve nearby to burn off any extra energy! 

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand is the national museum for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and one of Christchurch’s top family attractions.  It is the ideal place to entertain busy kids, with loads of opportunities for sensory engagement and hands-on fun and learning.

There are fascinating aircraft of all shapes and sizes to see, stimulating sound and lighting effects (great for littlies) and plenty of interactive exhibits. Children can pretend to be a pilot and climb inside a jet cockpit, try on an Air Force uniform jacket, or buckle-up in the replica Hercules aircraft. There are some great family photo opportunities as well, including a cut-out aeroplane to stand inside, as well as the chance to take your own ‘mug shot’ in the ‘Captured’ prisoner of war exhibition. The popular Museum Hunts are a fun way for families to explore together; with regularly changing themes, these Hunts see children searching the galleries for hidden objects and clues. Older children will also love the ‘Mosquito Mission’ flight simulator, which lets them ‘take the controls’ and fly a World War Two-inspired mission.

With lots of free parking, baby change facilities and a spacious café with comfy couches, high chairs and plenty of space for buggies, it’s also the perfect venue for mums and bubs coffee group catch-ups.

Best of all of course, is that admission to the Museum is FREE, so you can visit often and stay as little or as long as you like!

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