Aviation Museums

New Zealand

Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre

1558 Waimea Hwy, Mandeville 9776, NZ

Date of visit: 1st March 2017

The Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre is committed to retain the legacy of the golden era of aviation by the preservation, maintenance and operation of early historical aircraft mostly from the 1920s and 30s. It is home to a large collection of de Havilland aircraft and nearly all of the aircraft on display are airworthy. Many of the aircraft have been restored, and are maintained, by the Croydon Aircraft Company based behind the museum. Most of the work carried out there is to original specifications, and materials used are the same or as close as possible to those used in the 1930’s.

The museum is live, so exhibits could change within the hangar.

de Havilland DH-90A Dragonfly

ZK-AYR / cn 7508 (ex- G-AEDT / N2034 / VH-AAD)

de Havilland DH.89B Dominie I / Dragon Rapide

ZK-AKY / cn 6653 / Served in RAF as HG654 (ex- RNZAF NZ525)

Exported to New Zealand in 1943, becoming RNZAF NZ525. Converted to Dragon Rapide for Union Airways and NZ National Airways Corporation (NAC) after WW II who named it 'Tui'. Subsequently served with Ritchie Air Services, Tourist Air Travel and Mt Cook Airlines.

de Havilland DH.89B Dominie I / Dragon Rapide

ZK-BCP / cn 6648 / Served in RAF as HG649 (ex- RNZAF NZ524 / Also VH-BGP)

Converted to Dragon Rapide in 1953 for South Island Airways, and subsequently Air Charter Ltd & Mt. Cook Airlines.

de Havilland DH-83C Fox Moth

ZK-ADI / cn 4097 (ex- ZK-ASP, N83DH, G-ADHA)

This was the last Fox Moth produced in the UK, although production continued in Canada

de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth

ZK-ARZ / cn 82899 / R4989 (ex NZ888)

1948: RNZAF NZ888 to Auckland Aero Club and subsequently fitted with a canopy.

1951: sold to Aerial Agriculture Ltd of Hastings and converted to a topdresser.

1956: Withdrawn from use

1990: restored by the Croydon Aircraft Company.

de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth

ZK-BFH / cn 83343 / T7035 (ex- G-ANDB)

de Havilland (NZ) DH.82A Tiger Moth

ZK-BRC / cn DHNZ115

de Havilland (NZ) DH.82A Tiger Moth

ZK-ASV / DHNZ36 (ex- NZ786)

Aermacchi MB-339CB

ex- RNZAF NZ6475 / cn 6828/179

Barber Snark HA/1

ZK-FOU / cn MAANZ/409

Micro Aviation Bantam Microlight

2 seat Microlight now produced at Mandeville.

Unmarked

Micro Bantam B22UL ZK-NLD / cn 08-0323

Musger Oberlerchner Mg-19a Steinadler

D-1098

Pither 1910 monoplane

Replica

Williams Mk4

ZK-JPA / cn 001

Link Trainer

Croydon Aircraft Company Workshop

de Havilland DH.85 Leopard Moth

ZK-ARG / cn 7007 (ex- CH-366 Swiss Air Force, also HB-OTA / ex- G-ATFU)

de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22A

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de Havilland DH.88 Comet

A project started a number of years ago for a private client, but completion awaits finalisation of investment

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