Southward Car Museum, Paraparaumu

(4.6/5 based on 300+ 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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  • The price is great and you cannot fault the exhibits. I visited 30 years ago and apart from a change around of vehicles little has changed. It would benefit from a few chairs to sit on as you go aroun...  more »
  • Len Southward certainly deserved his Knighthood. In the New Zealand depression he decided to restore some old cars to provide employment to local men. The end result is a collection of over 600 classi...  more »
  • Beautiful lawns and grounds surround the equally beautiful building. The variety of cars on display was the best I've ever seen. Then there were the other vehicles, toy vehicle displays and other surp...  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.