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Address: Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu 5036, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 (4) 297 1221
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Kapiti Gold Coast Tour from Wellington

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A fantastic wedding venue

A marvellous location for a wedding. The staff are incredibly helpful and strive to ensure your day goes as smoothly as possible. Very well-priced and the cars make a fantastic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
codyknox02
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

A marvellous location for a wedding. The staff are incredibly helpful and strive to ensure your day goes as smoothly as possible. Very well-priced and the cars make a fantastic attraction for your guests while you are off getting photos.

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Car enthusiasts dream with everything from the very old to recent including gangster and movie cars.

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Goulburn and Surrounds, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

If this place was in the UK, Europe or the USA , there would be bus loads of people from around the world queuing to get in. What a trip down memory lane. A glimpse of your first car, or that "big" (at the time) motorbike your mate used to ride. A true picture of the innovation and growth of... More 

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Paraparaumu, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Southward Car Museum is full of history and as you will gather from the name, mostly about cars, over 400 of them. This is not just for petrol heads, anyone who has an interest in vintage cars etc this is the place for you. There is something for everyone. There is also the Redhead jet boat that Len Southward took... More 

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Thornton Cleveleys, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Lots and lots of static displays of cars and bikes of all ages. A couple of random planes hang from the ceiling too. The displays are dominated by American and British vehicles though there's quite a few European and Japanese cars. If you're a petrolhead and have the time I recommend this. If you're with the kids pack them off... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Definitely a good day out, especially if you love your cars and/or a bit of history. There's a ton of vehicles to see and all of them are amazing to look at.

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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Great place to come on wet days as it's all inside. Huge variety of cars, motorcycles, and even a jet boat on display. No point listing the many vehicles here, there are just so many. They often host swap meets here as well. Allow several hours as you don't want to rush Southwards. Go there, if you love cars, you'll... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

It was great to come back here after twenty years. It's not changed and that's good. Always a great buzz to see rows of classics and a good write up on each one. It's a pity there can't be a virtual hook up to WOW and other museums to fill in the 'gaps' like E type FHC, TR6, Jensens, Sunbeams... More 

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auckland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We were on a car rally so going to the museum was the final treat to stop here on our way home . The guys had a time limit as we needed to get on our way . Felt very mean as you only need to look through the glass door or foyer to see this amazing collection of beautiful... More 

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Although situated outside of the city once there it is easy to find 3 hours passing by, as you wander amongst the oldest car in NZ a Benze, and following thru the years since.Finding cars you had or your parents drove is a fun aspect. Having a cafe onsite allows a re charge of your own batteries. All amenities are... More 

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