Military Museums in New Zealand
New Zealand's military museums draw on a rich cultural heritage reflecting both European and Māori strands of society. There are major military museums in New Zealand in each of the main cities and frequently very good local museums in many towns. Visitors will also find a variety of smaller specialist museums including transport and war museums, as well as private collections that reflect the passions of individual collectors and enthusiasts.
Many New Zealand men and women have fought for this country. Learn about the lives of these people and the history of New Zealand at our great selection of New Zealand military museums. Check out some of New Zealand's military museum highlights:
Airforce Museum - Visit New Zealand's unique world class military aviation museum located at the old Wigram Air Base just 12 minutes from Christchurch's city centre. See 28 superbly restored and presented aircraft from the early days of flight to the present day. Take a behind the scenes tour to the restoration hangar and see work in progress. In the history gallery you will enter the lives of New Zealanders who helped shape our social history, and will experience the nostalgia and emotion of yesteryear.
NZ Fighter Pilots Museum - Travel back in time and meet the famous fighter pilots who will fly you on a historic adventure that spans two world wars. Home to the largest collection of airworthy fighters in the Southern Hemisphere. Immerse yourself in real-life stories, photographic displays and aviation art. Enjoy special exhibitions that describe the real life adventures of young fighter pilots.
Auckland War Memorial Museum - One of New Zealand's best-known historic buildings and its New Zealand war memorial reflects on New Zealand's part in the wars of the world.
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