Southward Car Museum, Paraparaumu

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
Every gearhead's dream come true, Southward Car Museum houses one of the largest collections of rare cars in Australasia--including 400 antique automobiles and several aircraft. Highlights include a 1950 Cadillac that once belonged to notorious gangster Mickey Cohen, a convertible driven by Marlene Dietrich, and an 1895 Benz Velo, imported to New Zealand over a century ago. The purpose-built museum features a 6,000 sq m (65,000 sq ft) exhibition hall, plus an engineering workshop, gift shop, cafe, and theater. The surrounding park-like grounds include indoor and outdoor venues available for private events. To visit Southward Car Museum on your trip to Paraparaumu, use our Paraparaumu vacation builder.
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  • Huge collection that spans a large cross section of international automotive history. Most of the cars have been restored and are in great shape. There are also motorcycles, although they seem to have...  read more »
  • Southwards car museum is a stunning place to visit. The range of cars, motor bikes, and army vehicles will amaze and impressive all ages 
  • Great for car enthusiasts and even those who are not overly interested in cars as it is a fantastic collection. Very small children may not enjoy this so much 
  • One of the best things to visit in NZ in my opinion. It is far larger that I was ever expecting, and if you are in any way interested in cars or recent history then it is a must see.
  • Excellent and vast collection of motorised vehicles from different epochs, some of which with interesting history. Good place to bring your kids to get them acquainted with history of automobile industry.
  • What a excellent selection of cars. If your are planning a trip through the lower North Island this is a must look.
  • If you are into cars you will love this place. If you are not into cars.... well you can either not go.... or go along anyway because you might be converted. Try and make it to their open day... normally.once a year around March. They open up the garages and workshops of all the restoration projects they are undertaking. Its world class!!!
  • Fabulous new 60's basement display
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