Southward Car Museum, Paraparaumu

4.8
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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  • rather accidental and due to the bad weather I was looking for something on the map that we can do in the rain. the museum has blown us over. not much expected but that was the madness. Cars from 1899. .. to this day many special cars.. I would recommend it to everyone is NOT a car fan myself. but I would go back
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  • when i first entered the museum i could understand what the men in my household were feeling.it was such elation to see such vintage cars and i wanted to drive a few.very well restored cars and what h...  more »
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  • We enjoyed it my partner had never been before funny considering we live in Paraparaumu it takes a while there is a lot to see the history behind some of the vehicles is interesting some are one offs and some are the cars we grew up with and they seem different than what you remember if you have never been I highly recommend it. It is money well spent and you are contributing to the restoration of history.
  • As we had 3 young children, including a 3 year old, an hour was long enough but the adults will be back again on their own. The information on each vehicle was really interesting and so great to see some fabulous old models that have appeared as names only in novels. The kids loved the crazy mirrors.
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