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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  • The kids didn't want to go until we walked in there and they absolutely loved it and I couldn't get them to leave. Such a great collection. We're very priviledged.  more »
  • Very interesting selection of cars -- with some extremely rare and priceless cars among the collection. Not a whole lot has changed since I was there last at least 10 years ago, but still a very...  more »
  • Came back after last visiting 32 years ago with my then boyfriend lol. A vehicle lovers dream with A LOT to see! Everything is presented beautifully and you feel like you are stepping back in time...  more »
  • We enjoyed it my partner had never been before funny considering we live in Paraparaumu it takes a while there is a lot to see the history behind some of the vehicles is interesting some are one offs and some are the cars we grew up with and they seem different than what you remember if you have never been I highly recommend it. It is money well spent and you are contributing to the restoration of history.
  • As we had 3 young children, including a 3 year old, an hour was long enough but the adults will be back again on their own. The information on each vehicle was really interesting and so great to see some fabulous old models that have appeared as names only in novels. The kids loved the crazy mirrors.
  • Love this place - so much to see! Great Cafe too. There seem to be more 'contemporary' cars on display this time so you too can play "I used to have one of these!" Lots of fun for everyone and not expensive
  • Loads of interesting vehicles from army trucks to bikes and performance vehicles plus much much more. Theres a magnificent Copper car all hand beaten in approx 1920s. There is a nice picnic area outside too.
  • Amazing place. A MUST see if you are even just a little bit into cars or motorcycles. Incredible collection of modern and old cars and bikes.

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