Revisit the golden age of flight

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. 

Fly in a Tiger Moth, and visit 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.

The Croydon Aircraft Company restores aircraft and it is sometimes possible to visit their hangar while the staff are at work.

Miss Cocoa at the Moth, cafe and gift store, is also on site.

Location: Old Mandeville Airfield, 1558 Waimea highway, Mandeville

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