At Mandeville is a special find. On a sunny day, you may do a double take when you’re sure you’ve seen a yellow tiger moth and pilot dressed in leather jacket and flying goggles turning the propeller about to go for a fly. Chances are you have.
There you will find the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, a nationally significant museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating New Zealand’s light civil aviation heritage. On display are some of the country’s most important vintage aircraft and the largest collection of de Havilland aircraft in the southern hemisphere. The beauty is that almost all of the aircraft dating from the 1920s and 30s still fly.
In the foyer of the museum is an art exhibition space which is free to view.
Location: Old Mandeville Airfield, 1558 Waimea highway, Mandeville
Admission: Adults $12. Students and senior citizens $10. Group 10+ $7.50 (prior booking only). 12 and under free. Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Public holidays, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday and Anzac Day.
Phone 03 208 6046