Southward Car Museum, Paraparaumu

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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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  • A first class venue from driving into the car park, the manicured grounds and the huge building housing the superb collection of vintage cars. It is easy to spend a lot of time admiring the fantastic....  more
    A first class venue from driving into the car park, the manicured grounds and the huge building housing the superb collection of vintage cars. It is easy to spend a lot of time admiring the fantastic....  more »
  • The kids didn't want to go until we walked in there and they absolutely loved it and I couldn't get them to leave. Such a great collection. We're very priviledged. 
    The kids didn't want to go until we walked in there and they absolutely loved it and I couldn't get them to leave. Such a great collection. We're very priviledged.  more »
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  • A visit Not to be missed. Allow at least 3 hours to give it a fair go. Some absolute gems to be seen. Amazing collection. There are cars in here that most people NEVER see in their entire lifetime. To be fair, I've only posted general photos of the collection. These classic cars need to be seen in person.
  • A lot of history in there

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