National Transport and Toy Museum, Wanaka

4.2
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. To find out how to plan a trip to Wanaka, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • This place was amazing! We spent over an hour exploring this place and could have spent all day. Will have to come back with the grandchildren.  more »
  • This place is full to the brim of lovely toys and vehicles. It’s not really suited to young children as the interactive areas are minimal. It would be nice to see more interactive focus in the toy are...  more »
  • There is a lot to take in. The toy collection has some real gems & is broken into categories, Lego, Tonka, Star Wars & antique Tin Toys. Sadly the lighting was poor & the collection amateurishly displ...  more »
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  • The national toy and transport museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of its type anywhere. Although it is clear that this attraction lacks the funding required to bring to a truly world class museum, the extensive collection of classic cars from the 50s, 60s and 70's, as well as toys makes it worth while to visit whilst in the Wanaka area. Although strapped for time, I went by myself and spent a good 2hrs wandering through the various buildings but I would recommend that more is required to truly appreciate the exhibits.
  • If you are into cars, fire engines and tractors this is your place but the collections of toys is a trip of nostalgia if of 70's or earlier vintage. About average pricing for these sorts of things. Nice collection of planes too. Its mostly under cover so a great few hours for the kids if bucketing with rain.
  • I was delighted to find an Essex Super 6 among the Museum's collection; that was my family car, and I never thought I’d see one again. It seemed to have shrunk since I was a child. They also had a real Ford Prefect - not the man in 'Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’, but a motor car, so I was able to explain some facts of life to our sons. It’s an eclectic and absorbing collection, and I spent hours wandering around. My wife thought it was a bit Boyz-Toyz - tanks and bombers and trucks and stuff - but nonetheless an admirable and varied display, worth visiting.
  • Great collection of stuff, and some of it was absolutely fascinating. But needs more structure. An absorbing record of technical-social history that deserves support. I got lost in there for about 4 hours and would have stayed longer if they had not closed up for the night.
  • Cool place so much to see but opening cafe earlier would have been appreciated.A little over full and a shame dolls and other stuff were shoved in old cars if they cant be displayed properly store them out of sight..
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