02 May 2016

The New Zealand Air Force Museum

We had the great opportunity to visit the South Island last week, and while we only had 4 days to take in the sights, it is something that I personally will remember for a long time.  Friends attest how beautiful the island is, and now I have seen it with my own eyes.

There and back again
From Christchurch, we travelled to Akaroa and back.  The next day, we visited Lake Tekapo, followed by Lake Pukaki, and Finally Mt Cook.

After spending the night at a Lake Wanaka accommodation, we drove to Arrowtown, and then it was off to Queenstown.

It was back to Lake Wanaka for the night, and then we visited the Lake and nearby attractions Puzzling World and the Toy and Car Museum. Finally, we travelled back to Christchurch where our plane awaited to transport us back to Wellington.

In Christchurch
But before this road trip, we were able to catch a glimpse of Christchurch itself.  There were still lots of renovations happening around the city, and it was truly depressing to see the state of the Christchurch Cathedral.  It's sad that we were not able to see it pre-earthquake.  I heard it was majestic and a sight to behold.

We also managed to drop by the New Zealand Air Force Museum an hour before it closed.  Our visit was obviously hurried, so it was a shame that we had so little time.  There's a lot of information to take in from the Museum, both in text and in artefacts.  The place is just amazing!  The gallery has a couple of dioramas, and archival material have been painstakingly chronicled.

The highlight of this visit, though, is the hangar bay.  When we stepped in this dimly lit area with blue background lighting, I imagined I was in a Star Wars docking station.  It had that sort of ambience.

The planes were magnificently preserved.  We spent most of our time in this area, reading the descriptions and taking photos.

Alas, our hour was soon up, and we had to go.  We weren't even able to buy a souvenir :-(

Visit the New Zealand Air Force Museum website to learn more about this awesome place.

And check out this short video we made from our stay.

Some photos are also available on Flickr.

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