Air Force Museum of New Zealand
This museum is free to enter. Museum galleries include an atrium with dangling aircraft; Horizon to Horizon, dedicated to air force history; the Caldwell Gallery with a replica biplane; Aircraft Hall’s 13 vintage aircraft; and a Reserve Collection of artifacts in the Thérèse Angelo Wing. The museum also offers a scavenger hunt–like Museum Hunt for children between 4 and 12 years old.
Things to Know Before You Go
- This is a great destination for families. In addition to the Museum Hunt, a kids’ play area with costumes, coloring, and a coin-operated airplane ride is on the second floor.
- An onsite café means this is a good place for a drink or light snack.
- The museum is wheelchair and stroller accessible; wheelchairs and walkers are available on loan at the front desk.
How to Get There
The museum is located at 45 Harvard Avenue in Wigwam, a suburb that’s 15 minutes from the Christchurch city center. Parking is available onsite. It’s also possible to come by bus, using the 80, 100, or Yellow Line bus lines. Stops are located on Main South and Springs Road, marked by a pole topped with an orange-and-silver airplane.
When to Get There
Open daily, year-round, the museum is closed on December 25th. Most visitors spend roughly two hours here. Free, 45-minute behind-the-scenes tours are also available, with three tour times throughout the day. (Check the museum website or call for departure times.)
Museums to Visit in Christchurch Find Maori artifacts and historical exhibits at the Canterbury Museum, in a beautiful building that’s surrounded by botanical gardens. The story of the 2011 earthquake is on display at Quake City, and the International Antarctic Centre has fascinating artifacts from past exhibitions. With holdings that range from historic paintings to modern works, the Christchurch Art Gallery (Te Puna o Waiwhetu) is another favorite.
- TranzAlpine Train
- The Court Theatre
- Mona Vale
- Hagley Park
- Christchurch Botanic Gardens
- International Antarctic Centre
- Avon River
- Canterbury Museum
- Christchurch Arts Centre
- Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial
- Christchurch Tram
- New Regent Street
- Bridge of Remembrance
- Transitional Cathedral (Cardboard Cathedral)
- Cashel Street