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Southward Car Museum

Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu 5036, New Zealand
64 (4) 297 1221
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Paraparaumu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums
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Brisbane, Australia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
32 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Put aside at least an hour for this experience. The museum has a HUGE variety of vehicles; country of manufacture, makes and vintage so will appeal to anyone interested in any automobiles. Even two planes, many motorbikes and even bicycles. Many vehicles have a story to tell which is what really extends the visit. Don't forget to check out the... More

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Carterton, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

It was very educational seeing the history of automobiles and bicycles and motorbikes plus more, the premises were tidy and well presented.

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Paraparaumu Beach
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Stands alone as an experience, in an easily accessible location, far from the madding crowd. Quite unlike Blackhawk and the Harrah collections, but for its isolated location above all a great experience, especially if you get the chance to see the restoration jobs that are works in progress. Obvious that the man - Len Southward - who started it all,... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Wonderful experience. Great chance to wander round in one's thoughts experiencing the passion and dedication behind this collection. The Restoration Manager John is a total star - helping us appreciate the very best in motoring history. There were so many cars that stimulated my thoughts on the world and times they were seen on the roads. Wow.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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133 attraction reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

It is quite surprising to find such a magnificent car collection is such an obscure place. Maybe not quite up there with Mulhouse, but there is a lot to like here.

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Southwards has some interesting and novel cars. I enjoyed going there as a kid, and still found it interesting as an adult. It won't be of much interest to those who don't enjoy things mechanical. The major sticking point is the price, for me they could be a bit more generous with their pricing.

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Paraparaumu, Wellington, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A world class attraction. The largest private collection of cars, and transport memorabilia in the Southern Hemisphere. A great place to spend a few hours with family, and friends right here on the Kapiti Coast

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Salt Spring Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Well worth a visit !!! We came upon this by chance and it turned out to be one of the most interesting car exhibitions out of all the ones we visited in New Zealand.

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Baltimore
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

All cars shown have been restored and bought in one-owner condition. Arranged chronologically, so quite instructive. Entry fee of $13 is a bargain.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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11 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

We visited the Southward Car Museum on 2 March when they held an "Open House". As well as giving access to the 400 cars on permanent display we were able to visit the workshops and storage rooms where we saw around 30-40 cars and bikes awaiting restoration. Among the cars displayed were a very rare 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750... More

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