Southward Car Museum, Paraparaumu

(4.6/5 based on 320+ 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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  • wish we had turned up earlier, only had one and a half hour. Saw cars and motorbikes we never thought we would see here in Australia. The admission is only $18 so don't be scared when you see the pric...  more »
  • An excellent venue and great access to vehicles of all ages and types. Southward also do themed events where cars play the centre of attention. Excellent venue for clubs with great facilities to hire.  more »
  • Really great cars , some amazingly rare ones, definitely worth a weekend. I'll be getting an annual pass then thank you!  more »
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  • What happened to the swap meet today 6th November 2016? We have traveled down from Warkworth, North of Auckland and show up this morning with several other people to find the swap meet has been canceled. No sign on the gate, no info on your Web site or face book!!! A long and eexpensive trip . A little information from you would go a very long way and i think you have been very inconsiderate. Not a happy visitor.
  • Very quite when we were there. It's the most mind blowing collection I've seen!!!
  • 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.