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Southward Car Museum

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Open today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Best Car showroon in NZ

Fantastic selection of classic cars! Well worth the visit. Spent a few hours walking around. Also... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Huge Collection

I love going to Southward whenever I can. The display is always changing. Yes there are some cars... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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All reviews amazing collection on display len southward huge collection world class gift shop motor vehicles couple of hours two floors southern hemisphere wide range automotive history few hours all ages well worth the visit rainy day kapiti coast
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic selection of classic cars! Well worth the visit. Spent a few hours walking around. Also great garden to walk around as well.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank KeithB3196
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love going to Southward whenever I can. The display is always changing. Yes there are some cars that have been there every time I visit, but then I always find new additions to the collection as I wander. Some of the history on some...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank have2cruise
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you love cars then this is for you. Over 500 cars for the car enthusiasts to look at. It does get warm in there so dont go in wearing your winter wollies. Easy to find.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank amandao368
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good range of cars,you could spend a good few hours there also a cafe and gift shop!very well displayed

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bartonjess63
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a highlight of our recent tripping around the North Island. The collection well exceeded our expectations with everything from Marlena Dietrich's car to a hand made motorbike by a NZ guy with a 351 Ford motor! Many US, English, and European cars that...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bali2u0812
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A fabulous museum covering cars and motorcycles from the 1890’s to some from the 2000’s. Lots of British and American vehicles with quite a few German and French ones too. Could have spent much longer than 3 hours, but if you have time you can...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank E6522CQlouisem
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Southwards has a stunning collection of cars and motorbikes. A large number are on display at any time. I was surprised how many modern exotic cars are there as well as the expected vintage and classic cars. My wife enjoyed the last hour of our...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NeilS3145
Reviewed January 4, 2019

This 2-storey museum has a great collection of cars including some rare ones, e.g. bulletproof gangster Cadillac, etc. You can spend pretty much the whole day there to explore the collection. There is a cafe inside the museum. It is not accessible via public transport....More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank BrandyZhao
Reviewed December 30, 2018

This is a Car Museum that has a very extensive selection of cars and motor bikes located over two floors.. One of the more particular items on display was a car used by 'Bugsy" Cohen in America with bullet holes in the windows.. It seems...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Clive R
Reviewed December 8, 2018 via mobile

Been to quite a few car museums all over the place but this has to be one of the best. The collection of cars, bikes and other petrol fueled machines is outstanding. Some really rare items well worth a visit. And it’s all set in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 755craigh
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Melbourne, Australia
Southward Car Museum to Howard's Lodge National Park (2 Replies)
Hi, have just been looking at maps and you can get up to the National Park by going through Palmerston North, Taihape, Waioura or Whanganui, Raetihi and Ohakune. Not much difference time wise. Can anyone tell me which is the more picturesque way. Thanks :)
October 05, 2017|
Response fromNZBarry|
Hard to say, because taste is so subjective: I have driven both routes frequently. One point worth noting is that the first route is a much easier drive than going through Whanganui - the road between there and Raetihi is very twisty and not in good condition.
Melbourne, Australia
Southward Car Museum or Transport World (3 Replies)
Hi, just finalising itinerary. Which is the better Museum to go and visit, Southward Car Museum in Wellington or Transport World Invercargill. I just want to choose one. Thanks!!
October 15, 2017|
Response fromkarenjnz|
Haven't been to the Wellington one but Transport World in Invercargill is absolutely amazing, if you are coming this far south I wouldn't miss it 😃
Trip Report North & South Island Nov/Dec Part 2 (15 Replies)
Day 5 Thursday Our destination tonight was to be Dargaville or beyond so we had quite a long drive as we wanted to go north east to visit Gumdiggers Park first. Within about 15 minutes of there we stopped at the Ancient Kauri Kingdom to see the staircase carved out of the kauri stump, and unusual kauri furniture and goods for sale. With hindsight we should have had a snack there but thought wrongly that Gumdiggers would have a cafe. They have some cold drinks but no food. Until we started...More
January 21, 2015|
Response fromcdn-npl|
What a wonderful trip report! I am really pleased to hear how much you enjoyed my home island, and hope you enjoyed the South, also. You are right - I've had haddock when I was in the United Kingdom, and the texture is very different. If you are not careful here, you get shark! Terekihi and schnapper are the most common choices. Gurnard is also very good. For fish that you cook yourself, I prefer blue cod (but it is too soft for frying well). I think the recipe you are thinking of is...More