Museums

Updates on access and availability to archive and heritage collections following the Canterbury earthquakes.

Cust Museum
The Cust Museum is a place that portrays the heritage and history of the area bounded by Bennetts, Fernside, the Ashley River, and the Waimakariri River. Also material available for family research.
Cust and Districts Historical Records Society Inc administers the Cust Museum, which is housed in the building once the offices of the Waimakariri-Ashley Water Supply Board.
More information

Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Since 1987 it has been our mission to preserve and present the history of New Zealand Military Aviation for commemoration, inspiration, learning and enjoyment. Our collection items number in the millions – from aircraft, engines and assorted parts to medals, weapons, pin-ups and parachute-silk wedding dresses. At the Air Force Museum you can marvel at our collection of 28 classic aircraft, be inspired by the bravery of present and past servicemen, servicewomen and their families, fly a simulator, experience life in the Air Force and step back in time into a replica 1940’s home.

Akaroa Museum
This museum reflects the varied and colourful history of Akaroa, Banks Peninsula and New Zealand.
The museum includes three historic buildings, two of which the Langlois-Eteveneaux House and the Court House are incorporated into the museum complex. The third historic building is the Custom House (1852) situated within walking distance of the museum.
Opening hours and locations

Geraldine Vintage Car & Machinery Museum
On display are over 1400 exhibits. These include 101 tractors from 1912 onwards, including the oldest working tractor in New Zealand and thirty vintage cars from 1905. There are many items of farm equipment including hot air engines, stationary motors and a Threshing Mill. Also on display is a 1929 Spartan Biplane, household items, agricultural equipment and much much more.

Yaldhurst Museum
For over 40 years the museum has been committed to offering visitors a full and rich experience of New Zealands technological past. In addition to over 400 vehicles the museum collects other material relating to transport.

Kaiapoi Museum
Administered by the Kaiapoi District Historical Society and housed in Kaiapoi Historic Court House. As well as an interesting collection of objects from Kaiapoi’s yesteryears, it holds an extensive pictorial, collection plus early newsprint, Kaiapoi Lodges and Kaiapoi Woollen Mills collections of days gone by.

Kaiapoi Museum was demolished after the earthquake and was closed.
On 5 September 2015 the Kaiapoi Museum reopened in the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre.

The Museum is located at Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre, 176 Williams Street, Kaiapoi.
Opening hours are:

  • Monday-Wednesday and Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
  • Thursday: 9 am to 7 pm
  • Saturday: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Sunday: 1 pm to 4 pm

The museum is open for viewing at these times, but museum volunteers aren’t always available.

Enquiries can be made to kaiapoimuseum@kaiapoi.co.nz  or PO Box 341, Kaiapoi 7644.

Rangiora  & Districts Early Records Society & Museum
This museum’s extensive photographic collection comprises many photos, taken at the turn of the century and before, of the town of Rangiora, surrounding districts and of the people who lived there. Highlights are a 3,000-strong glass negative collection and photographic gallery. A 1905 sitting room, c.1900 bedroom and early kitchen also feature. The aim is to collect and preserve the history of Rangiora and districts.
On Kete Waimakariri
Enquiries: rangioraearlyrecords@xtra.co.nz

Canterbury Museum

3 responses to “Museums

  1. Pingback: Christchurch archives update « Christchurch City Libraries Blog

  2. Peter Judkinsr

    This needs to be updated. Re the Kaiapoi museum. Cheers

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