Nationally significant collection of
de Havilland aircraft
The Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre houses mostly aircraft from the 1920s and 30s, including
an extensive collection of de Havilland aircraft.
It is unique in that nearly all of the aircraft on display actually fly.
This nationally significant museum is dedicated to preserving and celebrating New Zealand’s civil aviation
heritage – both the stories of pioneer aviators and their equally colourful machines.
Many of the aircraft on display have been restored and are maintained by the Mandeville based
Croydon Aircraft Company.
Standard Admission: $12
Students (with ID) & Senior Citizens: $10
Children (12 and under): FREE
Please note: Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
Groups - Tour Guides can be arranged with prior booking
Hours - Open Daily:
Summer (October - April) 9am to 4pm
Winter (May to September) 10am to 3pm
A collection with passion
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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.
1558 Waimea Highway
R D 6
Phone: +64 03 208 6046
Summer: October - April
Daily: 9 am - 4 pm
Winter: May - September
Daily: 10 am - 3 pm
Mandeville is on State Highway 94, about halfway between Dunedin and Te Anau, and only a 15 minute drive from the town of Gore.
Invercargill is the closest airport. Dunedin and Queenstown are the next closest options.
You are welcome to fly your private aircraft to Mandeville Airfield.
Please contact the Croydon Aircraft Company in advance to check conditions. The runway surface is often soft when wet.
There is a $5 Landing Fee, which can be paid at the Aviation Centre.
Gore airport (only a few minutes flight away) has fuel.
Please refer to the AIPNZ pages for the aerodrome plates for Gore (NZGC) & Mandeville (NZVL).