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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  • September 17, 2017
    If you're into cars or old planes, trucks or bikes this is definitely the place to visit. It's really fun to walk round, very informative and a little gift shop with coffee and cakes. Not suitable for...  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    "Awesome" and "Amazing" don't seem to do justice to the high quality and sheer size of this collection put together by one extraordinary individual with tastes that were at once wide-ranging and very ...  more »
  • August 27, 2017
    "Wow" is all I can say! Such a huge collection of fantastic vehicles two levels of relics from the late 1890s including motorbikes, Supercars and more. I think a year pass might be in order for the fu...  more »
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  • September 16, 2017
    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.
  • September 9, 2017
    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.
  • September 20, 2017
    Amazing collection and presevation of some beautiful cars! Huge variety of motor vehicles to admire and some intetesting stories to accompany them.
  • August 27, 2017
    My 3 and 5 year old just love this place.. you always learn something new with every visit.
  • September 13, 2017
    one of the best car museums I have been to because of the rareness of some vehicles and diverse types.

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