Southward Car Museum, Paraparaumu

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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. Before you head to Paraparaumu, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Paraparaumu tour planner, to make sure you see all that Paraparaumu has to offer, including Southward Car Museum.
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  • Here is a collection of special vehicles, from the very earliest to quite recent. They're all chosen for their contribution to the history of motoring. You can walk under a DAF and inspect the first c...  more »
  • WOW - An amazing collection of cars from throughout the periods of motoring from the first car in NZ to some modern beauties and all that's in between. A absolute must for any car lover and even if yo...  more »
  • A fantastic collection of cars including vintage, gangster, movie stars and cars from your childhood. A great place for a break on the way into and out of Wellington. See the world class collection of...  more »
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  • If you are into an interesting mix of a lot of old British and American as well as some German and a few exotic cars this is your place to go. Always worth a stroll. Most exhibits come with a good details plate and interesting background knowledge.
  • I never get tired of visiting Southwards. The car's and bikes are first class. My missus even enjoys it. Reasonably priced souvenirs available, cafe and clean restrooms.
  • Amazing collection and presevation of some beautiful cars! Huge variety of motor vehicles to admire and some intetesting stories to accompany them.
  • My 3 and 5 year old just love this place.. you always learn something new with every visit.
  • one of the best car museums I have been to because of the rareness of some vehicles and diverse types.

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