NZ Warbirds Association

NZ Warbirds Association, Papakura: Hours, Address, NZ Warbirds Association Reviews: 5/5

NZ Warbirds Association
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Military Museums • Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
About
NZ Warbirds At Ardmore provides an opportunity to the public to get close to the operational and static aircraft of the Association. Such aircraft on display include ex- military and vintage aircraft such as: -North American T-6 Harvards -Curtis P-40-N Kittyhawk -North American P-51-D Mustang -Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9 -McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawk -deHavilland Tiger Moth -Percival Proctor -Aermacchi MB339C -Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2 -Bristol Scout -Fokker Dr.1 and many others. The visitor center presents flying memorabilia and RNZAF squadron history as well as an extensive scale model collection and aviation library resource. NZ Warbirds At Ardmore is operated by the New Zealand Warbirds Association which is the national umbrella body responsible for the safe management of the operating environment for ex- military and vintage aircraft in New Zealand.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Mark R
Dunedin, New Zealand22 contributions
Awesome Working Museum.
Oct 2020 • Friends
Fantastic opportunity to get up close to some of the icons of New Zealand’s aviation history - with the majority being flyable examples. Knowable guides to fill in any gaps in your own knowledge. Topped off by an amazing scale model collection.
Written 3 October 2020
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Thank you for reviewing our business. We are really glad we are able to share our flying aircraft with the public, to encourage interest in the subject. Please visit again.
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Ross G
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
WARBIRDS ON PARADE ARDMORE 2020
Mar 2020
Excellent day of displays flying and static of all sorts of aircraft. The static displays would have been better with signs to say what the aircraft type was. The PA commentary was lacking at times but overall a great day out.
Written 15 March 2020
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The team is glad you enjoyed the show! Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to tell us how to improve our events. This will be passed on to the organising committee.
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Sandra S
Auckland, New Zealand77 contributions
Little Gem
Feb 2020
At Ardmore Aerodrome - south of Auckland. Interesting guided visit around the War Birds Facility, get up close to the war planes. Beautiful display. Would suggest combine with a visit to the Auckland Botanical Gardens. A Great Auckland Day Out.
Written 21 February 2020
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Thank you Sandra for taking the time to post a review about our attraction. We strive to provide a great day out for all ages especially at one of our annual open days! Please come again. :-)
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Diane
2 contributions
Great place to go for a fun family trip
Feb 2020 • Family
Lovely cafe with a great view of all the planes taking off. The museum guides are super friendly and my son absolutely loves coming here. Highly recommended.
Written 2 February 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to review our attraction.
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Howard A
Auckland, New Zealand200 contributions
A hidden gem
Jan 2020
On the Ardmore Airport (the busiest airport in the southern hemisphere) are two hangers of war planes. I have lived nearby for years and the planes often fly over my house but I have never before visited the exhibition.
They have a Spitfire, a P45 Mustang, a Skyhawk and many many more aircraft. Almost all of them still fly. I was fascinated by the pre-WWII planes. The beauty of the engineering is fascinating and there are not many places you can get so close to the planes. You can also pay to have a flight in many of he planes. That is something I am planning for later in the year.
The staff were all very helpful and knowledgeable. I will be taking all my visitors there in future.
Written 26 January 2020
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Thank you Howard for taking the time to review our attraction. Our staff and volunteers pride ourselves on making visitors experiences memorable and enjoy sharing our knowledge about our special aircraft. Please visit us again!
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Mike W
116 contributions
Interesting visit
Nov 2019 • Couples
After having a nice lunch at the local cafe watching the small planes take off we went to visit the nearby Warbirds Museum. On arrival we were greeted by a very enthusiast guide and entered the museum. Inside are a variety of firstly World War Two planes all in great condition with most in flying order-some maybe missing from display as they are out flying. Upstairs is a large model collection and interesting information boards. A short walk away are the World War One planes many of which also fly. A number of the planes are available for the public to go flying in as a passenger. A smallish but beautifully presented collection of aircraft well worth visiting.
Written 2 November 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to review our attraction. We agree that our volunteer guides are an enthusiastic group of people who appreciate hearing that their time has been put to good use to make your visit enjoyable and worthwhile. We are very lucky to have such a diverse range of airworthy WW1 and WW2 types and endeavour to continue to improve our attraction for visitors such as yourself. Thank you again!
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Malcolm G
Auckland Central, New Zealand36 contributions
Aerobatics in a Harvard
Jun 2019 • Solo
What a birthday gift from my family. A stunning flight and my wife said my smile after climb (clambering) out of the cockpit was to be seen. Gary my pilot was totally professional and made it all so enjoyable. The wing overs and barrel rolls left me whooping, and the low level run through the Hunuas the icing on the cake. If you have ever thought of doing something like this then you have to visit Warbirds Adventure Ride at Ardmore.
Written 3 June 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to review our organisation. We are glad that you enjoyed your flight with one of our dedicated pilots and your time with us out at Ardmore. Please coma and visit again.
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Alan P
Waiheke Island, New Zealand5 contributions
Wartime aircraft
May 2019
Good display of aircraft from different countries. Guide very knowledgeable and helpful. Large display of model aircraft. Background displays and history of some conflicts and training situations.
Written 8 May 2019
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Thank you for your review of our organisation. We appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your experience.
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Lizkensington
6 contributions
Incredible Spitfire Flight
Apr 2019 • Friends
I bought a flight in a Spitfire to celebrate my husband achieving 11000 hours of helicopter time. We headed up to Ardmore with friends and watched in awe as he headed off with Captain Liz into the wide blue yonder.
Perfectly presented and introduced to us by an incredibly knowledgable team. It's hard to believe that Ben and the boys are volunteers, but I suppose everyone wants to be around this beautiful machine.
The team gave a great briefing and the flight was awesome including barrel rolls around fluffy clouds and a short time at the controls. One very happy pilot returned to base grinning from ear to ear and set to record some Spitfire time in his logbook.
While the pilots were away we looked around the nearby Warbirds museum and the time literally flew by.
Thanks to everyone at NZ Warbirds who were faultless in their dealings from booking through to organising around the weather and then the actual day.
If you have an enthusiast in your family dont hesitate to treat them to this once in a lifetime trip, it's amazing.
Written 13 April 2019
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Hi There Thank you very much for your awesome review. The team at NZ Warbirds are thrilled with your feedback and we can't thank you enough. Our volunteers are dedicated and an awesome group of people so thank you very much for recognizing them and all that they do. Look forward to seeing you again in the future. The NZ Warbirds Team!
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Gabriel H
Bellaire, TX6,984 contributions
A must for flyers
Mar 2019 • Friends
This is walking down memory lane for world war II survivors and all aviation aficionados. The association houses vintage airplanes: Spitfires, T-6 Harvards, Mustangs, Skyhawks, Fokkers, etc. They are all in excellent condition and you might get a spin on one of them, piloted, of course, by one of the experts. It is a unique experience and a pleasant one at that.
Written 5 April 2019
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Thanks for your review. We are very lucky to have such a comprehensive and unique collection, one that can only be seen at Ardmore. We appreciate individuals such as your self for taking the time to come and visit and also telling us about your experience online. Come again soon!
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