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Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre

1558 Waimea Highway, Mandeville 9776, New Zealand
+64 3-208 6046
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Fantastic piece of aviation history

Mandeville is home to Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, which has on display a very impressive... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
Glen T
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Dublin, Ireland
AMAZING!!!

A must do for anyone interested in aviation, machinery or history. The home of ZKDPP the plane used... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Jayne M
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Gore, Southland, New Zealand
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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%
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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 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

Thank Glen T
GoreNZ, Nicole at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 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.

Reviewed 13 March 2017

A must do for anyone interested in aviation, machinery or history. The home of ZKDPP the plane used in the story of Amelia Earhart .Take a flight in a vintage plane and be transported in time. For the real Aviation buff you may be lucky...More

Thank Jayne M
GoreNZ, Nicole at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 March 2017

Hi Jayne M, Thanks for the review! We're glad that you enjoyed your time at the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre. You could easily spend a whole day out there with all that there is to see and do! Thanks for visiting! GoreNZ

Reviewed 14 January 2017

We decided to stop to break up a car journey and surprise a child who likes planes. He was not disapointed, the planes were all beautiful and rare. We all enjoyed looking at the planes (all of which are able to fly) and were fascinated...More

Thank familyoffiveonhols
Management response:Responded 16 January 2017

Hi there familyoffiveonhols. We are so pleased you and your family enjoyed your visit to the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre here at Mandeville. I appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you all some time soon. Cheers Rose

Reviewed 20 December 2016

This collection of pre-1940 planes, especially the De Havillands, is superb. These are all planes whose frames were supported by and covered with spruce, birch and canvas. Not only are they in beautiful condition, but the historical notes about their manufacture and use are succinct,...More

Thank HunterBloemfontein
GoreNZ, Nicole at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi HunterBloemfontein, Thanks for the stellar review! We're glad you had a great time and enjoyed the collection. It certainly is impressive, regardless of whether aviation is your thing! Thanks for visiting, we hope to see you out our way again soon!

Reviewed 15 November 2016

Very impressive display of prewar de Havilland aircraft (and a few others). Workshop is fantastic and really interesting to see the inner workings and fabrication of wood and fabric aircraft. Book a flight in the Tiger Moth if you can, you won't regret it!

Thank Rich H
Management response:Responded 20 November 2016

Many thanks for your kind review rahill01 Yes the Croydon Aircraft Company Workshop is definitely a 'must see' when coming to Mandeville and I am pleased you enjoyed your Tiger Moth flight. The views really are amazing. Cheers Rose

Reviewed 5 November 2016

The Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre is clearly ran by people of passion,. this transpires through the whole exhibition. We loved how informative it was and are incredibly glad to have made the detour. A must see in the area!More

Thank Robin_Laura
Management response:Responded 7 November 2016

Good Morning Robin_Laura Many thanks for your review and we are pleased you both went away with fond memories of Mandeville and the Aviation Precinct as a whole. It really is a piece of paradise. It was unfortunate that you didn't get up for a...More

Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Ok its a small museum but what they lack in plane numbers the ability to get up close and personal is fantastic! Lady @ counter was just a wealth of information. And the restoration side I could have spent the whole day there. Dont forget...More

Thank fastcapri
Management response:Responded 30 September 2016

Hi there fastcapri Many thanks for your kind review. Looking forward to seeing you back soon. Yes we have something incredibly unique here. Cheers Rose

Reviewed 25 April 2016

Certainly worth a visit: Very friendly staff that were manning the front desk & they had excellent knowledge about this museum. Wonderful displays & enjoyed looking at the various Aircraft.

Thank Toshes
GoreNZ, Gore Visitior Centre, Senior Consultant at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2016

Hi Toshes, Thanks for visiting us at the Croydon Aviation Heritage Museum. We're glad you found the staff so friendly and you enjoyed the experience! GoreNZ

Reviewed 9 April 2016

This museum is well worth a visit. It is amazing that you are able to get up close to the planes to have a good look at them and inside them. Being able to see into the cockpits of all of these early planes made...More

Thank Kiwibird248
GoreNZ, Senior Consultant, Gore Visitor Centre at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2016

Hi Kiwibird248, It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed your time in the Gore District. We certainly have a lot to offer, with our open plan Aviation Heritage Centre being one of many highlights. We hope to see you back again sometime soon! GoreNZ

Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

First of all I wish I could remember the lady's name behind the Counter because her infectious joy makes want to go in. At 10 dollars it's cheap anyway. The planes are gorgeous. You can literally touch history. Admittedly I love planes but this is...More

2  Thank spongesdad
GoreNZ, Senior Consultant, Gore Visitor Centre at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2016

Hi spongesdad, Thank you for your review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your time at the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre. We hope to see you back again in the future! Many thanks, GoreNZ

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