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Address: Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu 5036, New Zealand
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+64 4-297 1221
09:00 - 16:30
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Kapiti Island Tour Including Car Museum by Helicopter and Train from Wellington
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Two floors of cars

There were far more cars than I thought there'd be, two floors and a mezzanine. Lots of the usual classics, but also kooky cars, record-breaking cars, matchbox cars, bicycles... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There were far more cars than I thought there'd be, two floors and a mezzanine. Lots of the usual classics, but also kooky cars, record-breaking cars, matchbox cars, bicycles, motorbikes and planes.

Thank Mirimia
Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Southward Museum is world class. The variety and quality of the cars is almost unbelievable. Brought back memories of cars my father used to own and others he would have loved to have owned! New Zealand seems to have a great appreciation of beautiful things, this museum exemplifies this.

Thank carefree2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting with old classic vehicles and planes. and other interesting exhibits, and a small very good cafe and coffee bar.

Thank John M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The wide range of vehicles on display is amazing. Some of the displays are "as found" to give an idea of the work involved in restoring some of the exhibits.

Thank Howard D
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this place is so good a world class attraction and should be on top of everybodys list.a great place for not only adults but good for 10 years and up you will be amazed at the veriety and vast range.

Thank 530hoho
Great Harwood, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent venue for an interesting visit. Packed with vintage and classic automobiles and motorcycles. Friendly, helpful staff.

Thank Carol C
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoy visiting this place. Again and again. Always discovering something new. Len Southward's amazing collection of vintage vehicles, planes, models, dinner plates, you name it. An eclectic collection of nostalgia. Everyone will have a memory triggered by one object or vehicle or another. I'm sure plenty has been said about the vehicles. Not going to harp on that. Just... More 

Thank Hermanicus
Matzenbach, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We planned our stop here because of this fascinating place - as hubby is a vintage car buff. It did not disappoint. There were some rarities there - Marlene Dietrich's V16 Cadillac, and some cars that we hadn't heard of. A great visit all round.

Thank Primrose B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

A must stop by for car lovers. This is a huge compound that has all the different cars (and bikes) available for display.

Thank Tan W
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Spent a great full day here with grandparents and young kids. Don't miss the basement area too where there are more interesting vehicles

Thank Scott C

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