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Address: Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu 5036, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 (4) 297 1221
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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Surprisingly Enjoyable

I took my three year old daughter to this museum and was surprised how much we both enjoyed it. This is coming from someone who has little or no interest in cars. Staff very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Grant B
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I took my three year old daughter to this museum and was surprised how much we both enjoyed it. This is coming from someone who has little or no interest in cars. Staff very friendly and the museum has a wide range of well presented exhibits. If you are passionate about cars you will be in heaven.

Thank Grant B
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited the museum in October 2015 as we were visiting Wellington and locals advised us that this is the largest museum of its type in the Southen Hemisphere. It was well worth a visit and one could spend all day there. I was amazed that there were not more visitors but it is an hour car trip from Welliongton.... More 

Thank rtodd132
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My partner is a big car buff and was thrilled with the experience and loved seeing and reading about all the different cars. Not exactly my cup of tea but found a lot of the history behind the cars interesting. Glad we stopped off on our way home from a weekend in Wellington. Worth our $$, can recommend to other... More 

Thank haylerenee
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have the slightest interest in our obsession to get from A to B independently, then this museum is a 'must see' experience if you are travelling to or through the Kapiti Coast. The vehicles displayed be they 4 wheels or less will take you down your own personal highway of memories from push-bikes to today's super-cars, plus an... More 

Thank Sniknih
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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79 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had been here when I was much younger & thought my partner (car enthusiast) would love it, sure enough he did. They had so much more there than when I had last been & it is so well set up. If your into cars I don't think you will be disappointed with this place & if your partner gets... More 

Thank hanrightoz
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The vast amount of cars boats bikes motorbikes and memorabillia will keep you entertained for hours and hours -this is nothing short of amazing -like stepping back in time

Thank Jenny K
Killcare heights
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the entrance to the museum is a Delorean, as in Back to the Future. Going into the museum halls is really a trip back in time. Bullet riddled windows of a US gangster Cadillac is a surprise as you enter the main hall, which at a guess contains somewhere around 100 to 150 cars. Many old Fords and Morris's... More 

Thank Jeremy L
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

I really couldn't believe my eyes on my first visit to southward. It is on a quiet country road just off of state highway 1 but you really do not expect to find a car collection of this magnatude. When you drive up to the building you then start to feel that by the size of the building that it... More 

Thank Tony B
Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

There are few, if any, better car museums around the world. The museum has a great range of vehicles and some very interesting tales attached to them. An hour disappears with ease. The tremendous amount of time and effort put in to reconstruct the machines is a credit to the volunteers who have presented them in their present form. Thanks... More 

Thank Bill R
Hervey Bay, Australia
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

If you love older cars then this is the place to go.You will not believe some of them could even be in NZ.Like Al Capones car complete with bullet marks on the nearly 2 inch glass windows or the Gull wing Merc.Well set out and you can even get some lunch or a coffee.

Thank Roy R

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