National Transport & Toy Museum, Wanaka

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Revisit your childhood at National Transport & 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. To find out how to plan a trip to Wanaka, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Just on the edge of Wanaka this place has everything, planes, cars, tanks and toys. The variety of cars is extensive and covers many countries, eras and models. There are even big pedal powered cars f...  more »
  • Old cars Old cars Old cars Old cars Old cars Old cars Old cars And more old cars........ There are many old cars packed in 4 buildings. Only problem is they are packed together without clear sign and ...  more »
  • What a wonderful place to visit. So many things to see and experience. You can't appreciate it in less than 3 hours and I could be happy spending a full week here.  more »
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  • Do you love toys from the 80s? Go! Do you love cars, planes, or motorcycles from the 50s/60s/70s? How about old fire engines, tanks, or large Earth moving equipment? You should go too! Fun for all ages.
  • So many things to see here. Brings back memories. A must go if you are older than 60. If you grew up with toys in the 80s, you’ll find many toys familiar here. There is also a treasure trove of old Star Wars toys.
  • This place is amazing and should be a MUST do at Wanaka. Suitable for all ages. Our 4 years old and us totally enjoyed it.
  • An unbelievable collection of vintage vehicles and toys. With an added bonus of a brewery on site that serves delicious craft brewed beer.
  • OMG this museum is full of all the toys you wished Santa gave you as a kid. The other three hangers are full of cars, motorbike, planes and other automobiles. When a collection becomes an obsession. Have a cold beer or hot cuppa at cafe as you return to the main museum building.

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As a popular ski and resort town, Wanaka offers an abundance of accommodation options. Views of the lake can be requested at the many boutique and luxury hotels, while travelers aiming to get straight up into the mountains may want to try one of the multitude of more affordable resorts and campsites. Good connections take visitors up the slopes and down again to their bed for the night. For those traveling into the town by car, motels are dotted along the main roads, offering good access to Wanaka itself and the surrounding scenery.
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