'Their story is romantic' - two of New Zealand's most memorable seaplanes being restored to their former glory

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Two of New Zealand's most memorable planes are being restored to their former glory in a new display at MOTAT in Auckland.

The Sunderland and the Aranui are in a new display at MOTAT in Auckland.
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Retired seaplanes, the Sunderland and the Aranui are being lavished with loving care by a group of aviation buffs for the public to enjoy.

"The excitement for is for us to have them both in here and develop a display around them to tell their story, because their story is romantic, it's beautiful it's lovely," General Manager of MOTAT Alba Letts told 1 NEWS.

In their hey-day the seaplanes linked New Zealand to Australia and the Pacific.

A flight to Sydney on the massive double decker Sunderland seaplane taking a speedy eight hours one way.

"Their purpose now is to tell the history of flight, and the history of travel, and what they were used for, nowdays for the public to see them I think they're impressive in their own right.

"You don't realise how big they are until you stand next to them. And they are mammoth," Ms Letts said.

The Sunderland is already on display, with its sister plane the Aranui soon to follow.

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