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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  • This is a genuinely world-class car collection, hiding in the outskirts of a small NZ town. It's huge! I'm not a car fan but even I was fascinated by it. There are cars of all ages here, as well as a ...  more »
  • As an older person, we'd driven past this museum on our way in and out of Wellington, countless times. This time we mad a special effort and a motel booking, just to visit this Car Museum and we are V...  more »
  • Our group was not expecting much of this small, rural car museum. We were shocked when we saw the entire collection, and when the staff told us that there was a basement and a partial upstairs, we wer...  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

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