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“What a treasure trove! A petrol-head's dream.”
Review of British Car Museum

British Car Museum
Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Te Awanga
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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!
Reviewed February 6, 2013

My goodness, this is a real Aladdin's cave of old British cars. Ian, the owner/manager, is a very friendly chap and opened up just for the two of us to visit. We were absolutely gobsmacked by the number and variety of cars packed, many double-decked, into these large barns - everything from an army of Morris Minors, to more Austin 1100's than I've ever seen in one place before, a Daimler, a Humber Super Snipe, a number of Ford Prefects of various ages, Jaguars, Bentley, a Rolls-Royce... it just went on and on, one wonderful discovery after another! I think every possible model of Vauxhall is there. At least 360 cars of various makes.

Now, they're not all in concours condition. Some are pretty ancient and rusty. But they're all kept in damp-proof, secure surroundings, with considerable amounts of information on each model and (where applicable) its donors. The walls are covered with old number plates, badges, and car-related ephemera.

We took nearly an hour to look around, and that wasn't exhausting all the interest of the place.

The museum is easy to find, out towards Cape Kidnappers, where there's a very good cafe for refreshment. You'll know you're in the right place when you see the ancient gold Daimler Sovereign up on a stand out front.

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Reviewed July 23, 2012

I've visited several times over the years, mainly because there's always something new to see. Ignore the poor old Series 3 Jag rusting away out the front, and enter a series of large sheds crammed full of automotive history, including a large number of rare vehicles. A great Dad and Son outing too!

2  Thank KentandMichelle
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

Large range of vehicles and associated goods. Owner friendly and knows his stuff.

2  Thank Sandy H
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Reviewed March 28, 2012

WOW! This place is amazing. The museum is a large warehouse off-the-beaten track, containining several hundred restored (or in the process) antique cars. If you are an a car buff you MUST take the drive out here. Plan to spend a couple of hours in this amazing place. Caution: if you take children keep plan to them in hand at all times as the owner is VERY VERY insistant about NO TOUCHING the cars.

2  Thank rsmac
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

This is something really different. A great place to while away a couple of hours bringing back memories.

Thank Valerie D
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