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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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A place for car lovers

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Tan W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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
Levin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must to see when passing through or for a day out. Great history and many memories for all ages with a dash of reminiscing for good measure.

Thank Shona J
Waikanae, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not much of a car buff so wasn't expecting great things. How wrong I was! There are cars galore, from an1895 Benz to a gangster Cadillac (complete with bullet holes in the bulletproof glass), race cars to humble electric cars and just about everything in between. Lots of interesting stories about what's on display and the full range of... More 

1 Thank PVMarg
Newton Stewart, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A superb car and motor cycle museum. As a visitor from the UK, I have to say this rivals our best. The variety and quality of exhibits is breathtaking. The family including 2 small children spent a truly enjoyable afternoon exploring the two halls, which also include other non-car related items. We had lots of fun arguing about which car... More 

Thank David S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely no issues in recommending this museum, great facility which has only matured with age. My children enjoyed it just as much as I did when I was their age.

Thank Stuart T
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Always a great experience at southward no matter if business or for pleasure. I have been many times never disappointed

Thank susieqharris
Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

I think $ 17 is a bit to much 10-12 $$$ would be realistic. Anyway, nice for car lovers. But it's not like a car museum in Europe, specially like Germany. Where you have also a lovely museum. They put the cars in the big hall,... Not so lovely arranged.

1 Thank India2012
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Southwards Car Museum I'd say would appeal to a range of age groups, even if your not that into cars you might find something of interest, well worth a look

Thank Ange O
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

What a fantastic experience for people (well, men and boys) who love cars and motorcycles. We rolled up on a rainy day and the place was ours. What a delight my companion petrol head and I oohed and aahed as we came across one beauty after another. The motorcycle collection is very British in focus, apart from an R60 Beemer... More 

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