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Last updated: 18 October 2018

Air Force Museum of New Zealand

About Air Force Museum of New Zealand

Research Collections/Archives

The research collection consists of two archives. The paper archive comprises personal collections, manuscripts and ephemera, logbooks, journals, technical drawings and publications, maps and a research library of over 3,500 books. The photographic archive comprises some one million negatives belonging to the NZDF negative collection, prints, photographic albums, film and sound objects. The Museum provides an enquiry service and reading room for members of the public wishing to obtain information about New Zealand military aviation from its beginnings to the modern-day RNZAF. However, the RNZAF’s official records are held by Archives New Zealand ( and personal service records are held by NZDF Archives (

New material is constantly being added to the Community Archive site by the Museum so please keep visiting our pages to find out more.

We have 231 collections in The Community Archive (with a total of 5 items) »

Facilities and services

Contributor type:

  • Museum or art gallery
  • Special/research library or institution

Archive types:

  • Central government records
  • Local government
  • Military records
  • Personal papers
  • Voluntary group archives, clubs, societies, etc.

Research services:

We will try to answer enquiries about the RNZAF and our collections but cannot undertake in-depth detailed research on enquirer's behalf.

Reproduction services:

Small amounts of copying are free, but larger amounts will be charged a fee. Please email us for details.


No charges for access to research collection, and generally no charges for staff time spent in researching written enquiries. Charges apply to large amounts of photocopying and to photographic reproductions

Visitor information

Opening hours:

Reading Room: Mon-Fri 10.30am-12pm, 12.30-3pm Museum: Sun-Mon: 10.00am-5.00pm

Onsite parking:

Free parking

Physical access:

To view material, an appointment is necessary. E-mail, telephone, postal and fax enquiries are welcome. Please let us know that you found items for your research through our Community Archives page!

Contact details

Contact person:


45 Harvard Avenue

Postal address:

Private Bag 4739

Phone number:

  • +64 3 3439521 General Enquiries

Fax number:

  • +64 3 3439549