Occupying that part of aviation history somewhere between passenger ship travel and today's jet air travel. They connected New Zealand and the Pacific Islands to the rest of the world. Now that would have been a superb way to fly to the islands.
The Short Solent Aranui above did just that for TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Limited) it originally flew between Mechanics Bay, Auckland and Rose Bay, Sydney. We're talking pre Auckland Harbour Bridge days here – it used a LOT of the harbour as it's runway.
Once land based planes took over the Sydney route Aranui flew the evocatively labelled 'Coral Route' — Auckland to Fiji, onward to Samoa, then the Cook Islands (landing at atoll Aitutaki rather than the larger Rarotonga), next stop would have been Tonga and finally Tahiti — about 20 odd hours in total.
The Short Sunderland above flew with the RNZAF right up until 1966. Today it's one of only 5 left worldwide. It could land anywhere loaded with the personnel, accommodation and kit to keep an air force running far from home.
This is the workshop hanger below, absolutely jammed with interesting old planes and paraphernalia, including a Lockhead Lodestar, various wings, fuselages, airframes, a Huey helicopter being done up for Westpac rescue helicopter training. If you ask nicely the knowledgeable old blokes in there will show you around, some of them even worked at TEAL, NAC, and Air New Zealand back in the day so they know their stuff.