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 is a very interesting collection of all forms of transport - cars, trucks, fire engines, planes, etc - as well as an amazing number of toys from many eras. It is quite an experience to wander...  more »
  • The Title (I.e. “National Transport Museum” is perhaps a bit exaggerated, even though there are plenty of transport options represented, but with significant omissions to be seriously “national...  more »
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  • This place is more than a museum! It is amazing and something you definitely need the time to take in. Not only are the staff lovely and inviting but are more than happy to answer any and all questions. I would happily go and visit this place again. So much to look at and read about. My mind was blown at how much there was to look at. Everything from barbies to star wars to cars and aeroplanes. Please visit this place and support something local. Suitable for all ages.
  • When we first went in there were well laid out collections of toys are grouped together in smart display cabinets and I though wow this is great and then it all went a bit haphazard so to speak. The exhibits got a bit packed in there we many obscured from view and in the transport hangers a lot of exhibits were not labelled and were so close and packed in you could not view them properly. There was too much really it would have been better to have less on display and provide better information about each one. Some people may enjoy the randomness of how things are displayed but I found it frustrating. Many vehicles were crammed with junk which I did not really understand.
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