2024 – Celebrating 50 years of the Ashburton Aviation Museum

Open 7 days a week Phone: 03-308-6408

About Us

From The Past, For The Future

Uncover the Ashburton Aviation Museum, nestled in the heart of charming Mid-Canterbury. Here lies a hidden gem showcasing one of the country’s most extensive aircraft collections, all meticulously preserved and curated by our team of dedicated volunteers. 

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Amidst walls adorned with captivating photos, intricate models, prestigious medals, and captivating memorabilia. While these may seem like typical museum offerings, prepare to be astounded by the sheer quantity and uniqueness of each item. 

From a “space ball” that descended from the Soviet satellite Cosmos 482 during its breakup over the South Island in 1972 to a breath-taking diorama of RNZAF Station Ashburton circa 1942-44, every artifact tells a compelling story. 

Proud Award WInners:

2000 Trustpower Spirit of Ashburton Award
Heritage and Environment Award 

2006 Trustpower  Powering Volunteers 
Heritage and Environment 

2012 Trustpower Community Awards 
Regional Winner 

2012 Trustpower  Community Awards
Powering Volunteers 
Supreme Winner 

2022 ANZ Business of the Year
Excellence in Not for Profit
Highly Commended
Excellence in Tourism