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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  • What a wonderful building housing an extensive collection of motor vehicles, cars, motorbikes and memorabillia - all very nicely displayed. The facilities and vehicles were spotlessly clean and sparkl...  more »
  • It had been a few years since my last visit to this museum, so I was surprised that they had considerably increased the number of vehicles by opening up the basement. This museum also has a large coll...  more »
  • I wasn't sure what I would think of a car museum but we really enjoyed our visit. There were so many different vehicles even old fire engines, a Delorean from Back to the Future films, old gangster ca...  more »
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  • Me and my boyfriend found this on the way to Wellington. Before we realised we had spent over 2 hours there, clogged our phone memory up with amazing photos. Such great value for money. Particularly loved the gangsters car and the car that has never been done up.
  • A huge collection of cars from all parts of the automobile world. Holds events in the theatre room every so often. Great price for entry and a store at the front with everything cars.
  • We took my English family there amazing place a must visit for everyone.. Staff really lovely
  • I'm not a petrol-head or a car enthusiast, but I certainly enjoyed my time at Museum. Enjoyed the older cars more than the new ones and was impressed by the individual signs / placards for each vehicle with technical details as well as history of the vehicle.
  • Absolutely FANTASTIC PLACE TO VISIT. GREAT selection of Beautifully Restored Old Style Cars, Bikes , Racing Cars etc. If you like to see old cars in MINT CONDITION , this is the place to go. Restaurant and rest rooms available. Plenty of Parking. Also caters for Mobility parking. GREAT PLACE FOR A PICNIC.
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