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Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre

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More than Meets the Eye

After by-passing this several times over the years, we stopped off at THE MOTH cafe for a coffee... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Julie J
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Sydney, Australia
Pristine aircraft

Called in here for a visit, driving from Invercargill, while visiting family. A must see for any... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Found_Lost_Key
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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...more
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1558 Waimea Highway, Mandeville 9776, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

One of our party read about being able to take a flight in a Tiger Moth and with us staying in Gore for the night on the way to Dunedin we thought we would check out this place and see if it was an option...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After by-passing this several times over the years, we stopped off at THE MOTH cafe for a coffee & cake only to discover there is also a lovely little gift shop to browse through and, just around the corner, you can walk over to the...More

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AviationCentreStaff, Front Office Manager at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write this review. We are pleased that your enjoyed your visit and hope to see you here again in the future. Always popular is our Fly In Weekend held in February each year and we also...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Called in here for a visit, driving from Invercargill, while visiting family. A must see for any plane enthusiast!! Friendly helpful staff. A small fee to enter the hanger and walk among several aircraft along with the scaled down model versions. There is a cafe...More

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AviationCentreStaff, Front Office Manager at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you - yes our aircraft are keep in top shape. Both by our wonderful volunteers who keep the aircraft looking fabulous, along with the team that keep them serviced and in flyable state. We hope you can visit again on a day when we...More

Reviewed 30 August 2018

My wife and I decided to go on a drive one Sunday recently to have lunch at The Moth Cafe and to also visit this great museum. It is well worth a visit. If you like old aircraft you will love this place. And the...More

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AviationCentreStaff, Manager at Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2018

Thank you very much for visiting and we hope to see you back soon. Visiting on a Sunday is great as you get the bonus of our wonderful guides in the museum. A trip to Miss Cocoa Cafe always ensures you don't go home hungry...More

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 12 April 2018

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

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 1 April 2018

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

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 16 March 2018

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

Reviewed 5 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 7 March 2018

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

Reviewed 21 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 7 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

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 25 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

Reviewed 18 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 25 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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teds300
8 January 2015|
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Response from Peggy E |
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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