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Address: 63 East Road, Te Awanga, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6-875 0561
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Description: A unique personal collection of over 400 Classic British cars, commercials...
A unique personal collection of over 400 Classic British cars, commercials and motoring memorabilia. Please note there may be some dust and oil among the cars as the owner is not as young as he was and cannot get around them as often as he would like. Volunteer cleaners very welcome!
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Fantastic collection

Great to see one mans passion turn into a massive collection. Would be great to see more of the cars restored but the cost would be huge and would then incur a far greater entry... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
Phillip B
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Great to see one mans passion turn into a massive collection. Would be great to see more of the cars restored but the cost would be huge and would then incur a far greater entry fee. Most kiwis will find connection with at least a couple of different cars on display without having to be a car nut.

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

HI Phillip and thanks for taking the time to post a review of Ian Hope's Backyard Museum. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again next time you are in Hawkes Bay! More 

Raglan, New Zealand
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Definitely not a museum. A few genuinely interesting or unique cars but when you consider the legacy Britain have given the motor industry this collection is pretty poor. At least half of the "collection" are little more than scrap. In the information age there is very little information about the cars, which I thought was the greatest crime. It is... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am disappointed that apparently you found little or nothing to enjoy and that Ian Hope's Backyard Museum wasn't to your taste - but I do hope you nevertheless enjoyed your trip to beautiful Hawkes Bay. You don't say what information you wanted to see. but every car is clearly... More 

London
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77 reviews 77 reviews
16 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The British Car Museum, Napier Truly a remarkable find, tucked away on the edge of Napier on the road to Cape Kidnappers is this real gem of a motor car collection. Do not though for one minute think that it is all going to be laid out with meticulous signage, pristine polished chrome, and everything in chronological order for this... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review and may I firstly say its great that you 'get' that Ian Hope's No. 1 priority is preserving these relics of British motoring history for future generations to enjoy. So, if the presentation is imperfect and/or a little amusing, well ...so be it. Ian is not a computer whizz kid (he is a retired motor mechanic... More 

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We thought this private collection was amazing. Over 400 cars under one roof, collected by Ian Hope and sourced from throughout NZ. Be patient when you ring the door horn, It's a big place to get from one end to the other. The entry fee is extremely reasonable. We had a lovely chat with Ian, he played us an Aussie... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the review - we really do appreciate your taking the time and trouble to share your experience of the British Car Museum with other travellers. We totally agree that one hour is not nearly long enough - we can almost guarantee that next time you visit, you will discover treasures you didnt even notice this... More 

Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

An extensive & eclectic collection of cars from the UK. Personally I'm not a fan of British cars but I am a car nut so was keen to see one mans collection, expecting to see some gems & there are some. On leaving I was left with mixed feelings. Admiration for amassing this collection. Frustration & some sadness. The majority... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Chris for taking the time to post a review of the British Car Museum. The museum's name does, of course, give a clear pointer to the type of cars in our collection (i.e. British) and I would certainly go along with your view that those without an interest in British cars may well not enjoy it as much... More 

Melbourne
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73 reviews 73 reviews
9 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Well it certainly isn't the usual immaculately curated museum but it is an astonishing place. If you love British cars then you must visit. Ian, the owner, has an unbelievable passion for his collection and how he has managed to assemble this collection under one roof defies belief. Not only are there hundreds of cars but he also has collections... More 

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write a review of Ian's museum. He was delighted that you enjoyed your visit so much and that you appreciate the passion he has for the collection. As for dust, it's true that keeping more than 400 cars and commercial vehicles dust-free is something of a mammoth task for... More 

Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

An amazing collection of British Vehicles and memorabilia. It bought back a lot of memories of times when we owned some of these cars during different stages of our lives. If you are ever in Hawkes Bay it is well worth a look.

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review - it is really appreciated. We loved having you and the other Studebaker Owners Club members visit our museum and were as interested in your beautiful motors as you were in ours! Hoping to see you all again sometime soon. More 

Napier, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Today we had a visit to the British Car Museum and what a treat that was, so many cars, so much to see. This is a unique collection to visit and don't expect the usual, no not this place but so worth the visit, come on lets support this wonderful collection and the man who made it happen.

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Paul S, Friend helping by managing online activities for the museum at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the smashing review - it was great meeting you and your companions and a pleasure to know that you enjoyed your visit. Please come again soon! More 

Hong Kong, China
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3,347 reviews 3,347 reviews
2,043 attraction reviews
8,703 helpful votes 8,703 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We stopped by the British Car Museum on a rainy day in Hawkes Bay and found an astonishing collection of classic British made automobiles, mostly from the 1930s to the late 20th century. What an impressive collection, something you'd expect to see as part of a worldly museum exhibition, not discovered in a roadside barn in the small community of... More 

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Paul S, Friend helping by managing online activities for the museum at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Brad and Jill for visiting us. Yes it was a wet day in the Bay, but its always nice and dry in the Museum - we make sure to keep it that way to protect the cars from rusting away. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon. By the... More 

Rothwell, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Astonishing collection of British cars saved by a wonderfully eccentric old guy. Don't expect highly polished rows of Ferraris or Astons this is a great opportunity for enthusiasts and nostalgics alike to put their heads inside the windows of old classics and smell the old leather and remind themselves of childhood day trips in the from the 30s to the... More 

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Paul S, Friend helping by managing online activities for the museum at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for a lovely review. It's so rewarding for us when visitors express the enjoyment they get from browsing the collection. Do come again - we are hoping to add more to the collection soon! More 

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