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Southward Car Museum

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Address: Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu 5036, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 (4) 297 1221
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If on Highway 1 just stop, it is worth it.

Just stunning would not have thought you get so many cars all together especially in such a out of the way location. Situated just of highway 1 it is a must if you are traveling... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Just stunning would not have thought you get so many cars all together especially in such a out of the way location. Situated just of highway 1 it is a must if you are traveling N-S. Loved Al Capone's car, though to be fair it is hard to choose just one when when there were hundreds to choose from.

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Rockhampton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

One of THE BEST Museums have have visited. So much to see. Historical cars to olden day cycles, motorbikes and other memorabilia as well. Set out over 3 levels, you need to spend a few hours here to see it all. Very nostalgic, we found a few cars we had as kids, cars used in movies too. N.Z's first car... More 

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lincoln
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

On our coach tour of NZ this was one of our afternoon coffee stops. Groans from the women at first, but it was only a 45 mins stop so not too bad. How wrong could we have been! 45 mins is not enough time to do this marvellous museum justice. We spent the whole time trying to see it all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We love Southwards Car Museum. There is plenty of parking & lots to look at. Great place to take the kids on a rainy day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A must visit for car enthusiasts. A vast variety of cars, bikes, fire trucks, ice cream trucks and old machinery. A fun and educational experience for adults and children alike. A nice understanding of the history and progression of car technology. Make sure to catch a bus at the Paraparaumu Station once u embark from the train if you are... More 

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Leura, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Wow, so many cars in this collection..... It really is more towards the vintage end of cars... Some great Indian motorcycles here.... And old bicycles too.... Try to go when they have car shows outside there is so many muscle cars that come to that.... Loved ot on previous visit... Well worth a look for the car enthusiasts..... A national... More 

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Whitianga, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We hadn't been in 20 years and it was lovely to see the high standards still being met. The lady on the front counter wasn't overly friendly but efficient. The cars and their displays are still magnificient. It was great to see the basement open with another step back in history - loved the old holdens! Well done

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

The museum showcases a large and well curated collection of vintage and veteran cars from Europe, and the USA, and a 1960's to 1990's collection of cars that were sold in New Zealand. The cars are in a well presented static display, with intriguing background information on many of the vehicles. There is little to no interaction with the display,... More 

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

I went solo and spent a good hour or more. Wow! It was great. I was blown away by the shear number of cars in the collection. Cars, trucks, planes, race cars, fire engines - you name it - they got it. I was also amazed at how BIG many of those early cars were. They would not fit in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

Very slow at the counter to pay and get through but once through it was a very nice collection. Really enjoyed that it was not only cars. Wish there was more of a write up on the different motorcycles. Loved the basement with the fire truck and fuel truck. All in all was glad we took a pit stop here.... More 

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