Events | Exhibitions

IDEA 4The main event held annually at Mandeville is the Mandeville Fly-In. It’s a great family day out with entry to the museum and workshop tours included in the entry fee. The local steam club brings up its traction engines for a “classic” race down the air field each day and if the weather plays the part there is opportunity to fly in a vintage bi-plane.

The 2017 event was held in March to coincide with a visit from the Tiger Moth Club of New Zealand.

Throughout the year, the foyer for the Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre doubles as an exhibition space celebrating local artists and stories. Entry to the exhibitions is free.







Takitimu Patchwork and Embroidery  

Now showing (until 18 August)


An exhibition of work by the dedicated members of the Takitimu Patchwork and Embroidery Group.

Since forming with just a small group in 1992, membership has grown to more than 40, and some travel great distances to be at the twice-monthly meetings in Nightcaps.

Classes are held with local, national and international tutors.




2 Fly Boys and a Brigadier

From 11 March

Discover the stories of New Zealand’s #1 flying ace, Ronald Burns Bannerman, the exploits in the air of local farmer and WW2 pilot Wilfred Elder and the district’s own Brigadier, James Hargest, who was born in Mandeville.

All three were highly decorated for their war efforts.

This is a Southland Heritage Month Event.

Heritage month brochure [PDF, 11 MB]

Where: Croydon Aviation Heritage Centre, 1558 Waimea Highway, Mandeville

When:From Saturday 11 March, 9:30am to 4:30pm(weekdays), 11.00am to 3.00pm (weekdays)


For more information email Phone: + 64 3 208 6046