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. To visit Southward Car Museum on your trip to Paraparaumu, use our Paraparaumu vacation builder.
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  • Sooooo many amazing cars that have been restored to perfection! You don't need to be a car enthusiast to appreciate the work that has gone into this place. Staff were very helpful, friendly and knowle...  more »
  • Visited here with my dad, a great way to waste an hour or two. Reminiscing about days gone by looking at some of the cars downstairs, cars he and my grandfather had and travelled in. Upstairs has the ...  more »
  • Have lived on the Kapiti Coast for 16 years and this was our first visit to Southwards Car Museum. We took 2 Australian visitors with us and we were all blown away with the cars and other items on dis...  more »
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  • Step back in time and see one of the greatest collections of motor vehicles from all around the world. Certainly this Museum is a tribute to Sir Len Southward's vision and passion when he started the collection. Truly a great place to visit.
  • Excellent venue. Really interesting range of automobiles. Well worth a visit!
  • Fantastic place there were really early cars, motorbikes and cycles on display. There is a store and a cafe next to it. The staff were really friendly. The cars are well maintained and most cars had good description about the model, manufacturer, year, technical specification and additional tidbits. Highly recommended for cars enthusiasts and regular people to understand evolution of these automobiles and companies.
  • Good assortment of classic cars. Plenty of parking. Three levels of vehicles. Well displayed
  • Amazing selection of cars kept here on 2 separate levels. Coffee is good too