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Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre

1558 Waimea Highway, Mandeville 9776, New Zealand
+64 3-208 6046
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Nice little centre for heritage air planes

It’s nice little centre with quite a number of airplanes like The Dominie , Fox Moth, 3 Tiger... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2018
Jjasg10
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Singapore, Singapore
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Wonderful museum

Surprising museum providing plenty of different aircrafts type. Luckily, we have met on of the... read more

Reviewed 30 March 2018
TheRV
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Paris, France
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The Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre is committed “To retain our legacy of the golden era of aviation by the preservation, maintenance and operation of early historical aircraft” & is home to the largest collection of de Havilland aircraft in the southern hemisphere
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  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1558 Waimea Highway, Mandeville 9776, New Zealand
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+64 3-208 6046
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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

It’s nice little centre with quite a number of airplanes like The Dominie , Fox Moth, 3 Tiger Moths, Strikemaster, The Pit Special and The Dragon. The DH88 Comet and other de Havilland Moth planed are in another hanger under restoration . There is an...More

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Maeva S, Trustee at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2018

Thank you for your kind comments. It is good to know people enjoy what we have to offer.

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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Surprising museum providing plenty of different aircrafts type. Luckily, we have met on of the museum tenant who provides us a very detailed visit for two French travelers ! And the bar/restaurent is very nice too!

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AviationCentreStaff, Front Office Manager at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2018

Thank you for your kind words and we hope you enjoy the rest of your travels within New Zealand

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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

We found this little gem of a museum whilst travelling down to The Catlins. At only NZ$ 12 per person it was well worth the money. You can get close to all the exhibits although touching is not allowed. Also go and get a coffee...More

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AviationCentreStaff, Front Office Manager at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2018

Thank you for your kind words and we hope you thoroughly enjoy the rest of your travels in New Zealand

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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

A great selection of restored flying aircraft. There are several tiger moths. Definitely worth the visit. Thanks to the nearby private restoration company for such a great job and also spending some time talking to a fellow tiger moth enthusiast

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AviationCentreStaff, Front Office Manager at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Thank you for your kind words and we hope you enjoy the rest of your travels.

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Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

We were just passing by when we stumbled on this amazing place. One of us is an aircraft enthusiast whose father flew small planes in the 50's and 60's. They were so inviting and interesting. All the staff we met were extremely knowledgeable as they...More

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AviationCentreStaff, Front Office Manager at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and with regard to the Steam Locomotive she will be 140 later this year and was actually in steam running at our Steam Festival 24/25 February. Video on Waimea Plains Railway Facebook Page. Be sure to visit...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

We dropped in by chance, but what a great find! Lovely to see so many old aircraft in such fantastic condition, and the visitors are free to get up close and personal, which is a rare thing these days.More

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AviationCentreStaff, Manager at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2018

As many say we are a 'wee gem in the middle of nowhere'. So thank you for your review which will help raise our profile. So glad you enjoyed your visit and we would have to agree that we do have some very special aircraft...More

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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

My husband and I visited this facility yesterday with my 24 year old Autistic stepson and my 77 year old mother inlaw. This newer facility is actually only opening officially on Saturday (20th January 2018). Part of the foyer wall area is devoted to a...More

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AviationCentreStaff, Manager at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2018

We are thrilled you enjoyed your time at Mandeville. We have regular exhibitions here and yes, the current one just opened by Glenda Rees of NZ Bird Photography is absolutely stunning. This is her first ever exhibition and we have just extended it until the...More

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Reviewed 13 January 2018

Great and interesting experience. Guided tour of the workshop and information first class. Café staff informative and friendly. Food good variety not expensive and fresh.

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Maeva S, Owner at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

Thank you for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed what we have to offer our visitors within the different business on site.

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Reviewed 22 November 2017 via mobile

Not really my thing and at $10 it was a bit costly to look at about 10 planes in various stages of restoration. It was interesting at a superficial level but not enough other add on exhibits to make me stop for long. Nicely set...More

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GoreNZ, Gore NZ at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 27 November 2017

Hi Leslee, Thanks for stopping by! We are glad you enjoyed our museum! Many thanks, Gore NZ

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Reviewed 18 June 2017

Mandeville is home to Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, which has on display a very impressive collection of restored pre-war De Havilland aircraft, including the wonderful Tiger Moth. Most of the aircraft, as well as model replicas, are operational and you can book flights in some...More

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GoreNZ, Nicole at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2017

Thanks for the review, Glen T! Great to hear you had an awesome time at the Heritage Centre. We hope to see you back for a flight sometime.

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Hi, Staff of Croydon Aviation Museum: Can you please tell me what it costs to go for a ride in the Tiger Moth, and detail the prices for doing a 'loop' and then doing two 'loops' during flight (of course), Many... More
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