Revisit the golden age of flight

Mandeville is a special find. Chances are on a sunny day, you'll see a yellow tiger moth complete with pilot in leather jacket and flying goggles turning the propeller ready to go for a fly.

Yes, that's right you can 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.

Admission Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre:

  • Standard Admission:                                       $12
  • Students (with ID) & Senior Citizens:               $10
  • Children (12 and under):                                 FREE

Please note:

  • Children must be always accompanied by an adult.
  • Groups - Tour Guides can be arranged with prior booking

Hours - Open Daily:

  • Summer (October - April) 9:30am to 4:30pm
  • Winter (May to September) 10am to 4pm


In the foyer of the museum is an art exhibition space which is free to view.

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

For tasty food and amazing coffee visit Miss Cocoa at the Moth. Housed in the historic former Mandeville Railway Hotel building onsite, the café and gift store caters for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and paleo.

Location: Old Mandeville Airfield, 1558 Waimea highway, Mandeville

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