National Transport and Toy Museum, Wanaka

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Specialty Museum
Revisit your childhood at National Transport and Toy Museum, home to over 30,000 toys and 600 classic cars. The museum features several buildings filled with an eclectic collection of aircraft, motorcycles, automobiles, fire trucks, Barbie dolls, Star Wars memorabilia, and Smurfs figurines. Car lovers usually head straight for the museum hangars to see the displays of military vehicles as well as European, American, and Australian cars. Outside the exhibit-packed buildings you can walk through rows of machines, including tractors and other farming machinery in various states of restoration. In addition to indoor and outdoor play areas for the kids, the museum also includes a toy shop, offering a range of gift ideas. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to National Transport and Toy Museum by using our Wanaka travel itinerary maker.
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  • What a collection! There are planes, toys, household items and all sorts of cars and other vehicles. Some of the items are hard to see as there is really no rhyme or reason to the placement of things....  more »
  • Crazy amount of stuff. Well displayed and brought back a lot of memories. Cars cars and more cars but lots of just about everything. Kept teenagers off their phones which says something.  more »
  • Allow several hours if interested in planes or trucks or cars or bikes or teaspoons or model trains or old toys. Good bar and meals  more »
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  • Really interesting. Great staff☺ So much to see that evoked lots of memories... Felt like a kid again☺
  • This place is unbelieveable. So much to see. A place you MUST visit .
  • I felt that the pure number of cars in museum was unbelievable. Hard to believe one man could collect so much. Only a car guy can appreciate.
  • Overwhelming you senses there is just so much to see even after 4 hours I still missed some.
  • A huge collection of antique cars, motocycles, bicycles, trucks, planes, and toys, exactly as the name suggests. Came across as a warehouse to store the exhibits, rather than a well-curated museum, due to the presentation. However, still worth 2 hours strolling through if you are driving past.