“Welcome to the Tiger Moth Club of NZ”
This is an organisation which encourages participation – nurturing interest in flying, maintaining or just sharing the magic & history of vintage/classic aircraft.
The Club was formed in 1969 at Taumarunui by a dedicated group of enthusiasts, most of whom still enjoy Club functions and seeing what their efforts have
lead to. Around that time, Tiger Moths were by far the most prevalent in the vintage arena, hence the name of the Club but in recent years the Cub & Auster Club has amalgamated plus there are increasing numbers of Chipmunks, Stearmans & other interesting aircraft joining the fray.
We have a Technical Support group within the Club which can offer invaluable information to members who might otherwise find keeping up maintenance programs difficult plus sourcing sometimes difficult to find information. The Club also has strong affiliations with the Moth Club in the U.K .
There are two regular annual gatherings – the ‘season starter’ at Taumarunui in October which is a brilliant setting for our sort of flying, with members of the local Aero Club looking after us royally. Then in the summer, the AGM Rally is held at a different grass airfield each year which often turns into a Safari especially when held in the South Island. Competitions are held at both events which help build skill levels plus specialised instruction is available . Above all, camaraderie amongst like minded folk is the driving force behind the Club.
The Tiger Moth Club of New Zealand was founded in October 1969 in Taumarunui in the building above (call it a shed?), which now houses the headquarters of a vintage car club.
Currently there are about 200 members of all walks of life, all with some connection to the Tiger Moth or other vintage aeroplanes. If you want to become a member of the Tiger Moth Club, print, fill in, and return the membership form on the Downloads page. For questions please do not hesitate to contact the Secretary. His email address can be found on the Contact page.
The Tiger Moth Club, despite its name, does not represent Tiger Moths exclusively. TMC members
own a variety of types other than Tigers, be it other de Havilland types or aircraft from different manufacturers.
There are the Moths (from the DH60 Gipsy Moth to the DH94 Moth Minor), but also the DH84 Dragon, the DH89 Dragon Rapide, and the elegant DH90 Dragonfly, all of them light twin-engined transport aeroplanes.
There are other British types immensely important to NZ aviation, like the Auster, Avro 631 Cadet and Miles Messenger, and also the successor to the Tiger Moth as a trainer, the de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk, and the DHC-2 Beaver bush planeA number of American vintage aircraft are also represented: The Ryan PT-22, Piper Cub, the Super Cub, and the Boeing Stearman trainer. And those reliable workhorses of NZ light commercial aviation, the Cessna 180 and 185.
On quite another level in the speed and power department are the Beech Staggerwing and the North American T-6 Harvard trainer, the latter of which was used into the Eighties by the RNZAF in the advanced trainer role.