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Southward Car Museum

Address: Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu 5036, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 (4) 297 1221
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$170*
and up
Kapiti Gold Coast Tour from Wellington
97%
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Paraparaumu
Type: Specialty museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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English first
Calgary, Canada
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Wow what a variety of historic cars, and motor cycles, seeing as NZ's motherland is England they have a collection from both N. America and Europe. A must see if you are in the area near Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Southwards is an amazing place to visit and a wonderful venue but there website is one of the worst I have encountered. In light of the fact many of their visitors would view their website they should have a serious look at it. Especially in regard to the shows and productions that they have there.

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Paremata Wellington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

An amazing collection of cars, bikes and many other related items. It really is worth a visit but make sure to allow plenty of time - there are so many things of interest.

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Fanoe, Denmark
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

.........situated about an hour’s drive north from Wellington. i virtually had the place to myself, as i was very early that day, free to wander around the exhibition which has approaching 400 vehicles including motorbikes, all mostly in excellent and drivable condition. i only had time for a short visit but there is so much to see that you easily... More 

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Dannevirke, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Popped in on our way home from 3 days in the area on a wet Sunday morning. So pleased we did. An amazing collection of cars and so much more. All beautifully presented and displayed. Even the sub frames and stripped down chassis were interesting to see. Sir Len was most certainly a man with a passion ! Loved the... More 

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Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This is situated about an hour’s drive north from Wellington. We arrived mid morning and virtually had the place to ourselves. We were free to wander around the exhibition which has approaching 400 vehicles including motorbikes, all mostly in excellent condition. There is also an extensive model collection. We only had time for a short visit but there is so... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Booked this for my husband as his birthday was on our cruise. Exceeded our expectations. My husband was thrilled.++ Biggest private collection ever seen. Over 200 of beautiful vehicles, however, Mr Southward was an avid collector of other things, so there were other interest items as well. Prams, sewing machines, a fantastic working Wurlitzer organ. (Bought the CD) coffee shop... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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134 reviews 134 reviews
48 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This museum is world class. For a start it is huge and crammed full of cars (and bikes and planes). Most are beautifully preserved and there are cars to interest everyone. There are gangster cars, an all copper car and loads more. You really don't know where to begin when you get there but you just have to visit if... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I did not know anything about this place only what was advertised in the tour. As we walked in we were totally blown away with the size of this place and what they have on show. Even if you are not into cars there is something for everyone. Very clean and tidy with plenty of room to... More 

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

While I am a bit of a car/motor racing fan, it exceeded my expectations plenty. Visited with my sons aged four and seven. They both loved it for over an hour, which was about 45 mins longer than expected. Some absolutely stunning exhibits, many of which will interest our international visitors. Don't miss downstairs; worth going down for. Everything beautifully... More 

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