Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre


The Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre is not only an award winning visitor attraction but also provides exhibtions of local artists within the Southern region.

It boasts the largest collection of de Havilland vintage aircraft in the southern hemisphere. The four main aircraft on display are the Fox Moth, Dominie Rapid, Dragonfly and the Tiger Moth.

As well as these, there is also a Percival Proctor and the only replica of the Pither Monoplane.

The heritage centre features a large exhibition area that is becoming popular with local artists.


The heritage centre is located in Mandeville, which is about 10 minutes drive from Gore on SH94. This township has strong aviation links with the Croydon Aircraft Company, internationally renowned for restoring vintage aircraft, the old Mandeville airfield and The Moth bar and restaurant.

Each year the airfield hosts the Mandeville Fly In, or Weekend 8 as it is known because it is held on the eighth weekend of the year. This is a celebration of flight and a chance to get up close to vintage aircraft, motorcycles, cars and steam-engines in all their glory.


SUMMER (October to April)

  • Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 4.30pm.

WINTER (September to March)

  • Monday to Friday: 10.00am to 4.00pm

For more information please phone 03 208 6046, or go to their Facebook page.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: