Canterbury museums showcase our rich Maori, European and natural heritage. Browse replicas, reinactments, exhibitions, videos and other objects, bringing our natural, cultural, social, military and historical events to life.
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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. FREE Admission, open daily (except Christmas Day), 10.00am-5.00pm.
Pictured is one of our star attractions, the Harrier 'jump jet'. Ashburton has a strong aviation history, being a training base in World War 2. We have a super-hanger and more than 20 aircraft on display. We're well worth a visit. Get up close and personal with Skyhawk, Tiger Moth, DC3, Flying Flea, Vampire, Meteor, Harvard, De Havilland.
For a "top" experience in Christchurch (only 15 minutes from central city), take a ride to the summit of the Port Hills, 500 metres above sea level. It's magical! Spectacular 360-degree views of Christchurch City, Lyttelton Harbour, Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. Set atop the Gondola Summit Station, the Red Rock Cafe offers delicious snacks, light meals and beverages.
Ferrymead Heritage Park features an early 1900s (Edwardian) township, with exhibits such as houses, picture theatre, school classroom, church, jail, railway station, trains, lodge hall, post office, printers, tobacconist, general store, lawyer’s office and more. Located near the Port Hills. Combine a visit with a gondola ride to the summit, visit the port of Lyttelton, Heathcote Valley, Redcliffs and Sumner.
Mobile-friendly - Join a guided tour through a world of Victorian and Edwardian splendour, offering you a glimpse of days gone by around every corner. This grand homestead, begun in 1856, was the home of Canterbury's pioneering Deans family for 91 years. Take a stroll through the last surviving remnant of ancient kahikatea forest that once covered the Canterbury Plains.
Mobile-friendly - South Canterbury Museum contains valuable collections of objects and information covering the natural and human history of South Canterbury. We collect specimens, artifacts, images, documents and information that can be used to explore the region's heritage. Permanent displays and a temporary exhibition programme provide fascinating glimpses into our region's past. Everyone is welcome to enjoy Timaru and South Canterbury's history.
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