Southward Car Museum
Southward Car Museum

Southward Car Museum

Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu, 5036

The Basics

Opened to the public in 1979, the massive Southward Car Museum has two showrooms displaying cars of all kinds, including a wide range of vintage vehicles by iconic car manufacturers, including Maserati, Porsche, Ferrari, and Bugatti. Many of the vehicles have their own stories, whether they were a gift to Hitler, a gangster’s ride riddled with bullets, or a DeLorean DMC-12 like the one in Back to the Future.

Beyond the cars, there’s Redhead, the boat that Sir Len drove at 101 mph (163 kph) in 1953, making it the first boat in Australasia to travel faster than 100 mph (161 kph). And the 14-acre (5.5-hectare) museum grounds, aka the Dell, offer a lovely pond, tranquil bushwalks, and ideal picnic spots.

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Wellington Region Full Day Private Tour: Get out of the City
Wellington Region Full Day Private Tour: Get out of the City
US$274.13 per adult
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We knew it was going to be a positive experience when Suzee, our tour guide operator, called us a week before our trip. She wanted to introduce herself, explain the itinerary, and ask if we had any places we wanted to see that were not on the schedule. She asked about our interests and made suggestions on other places to see that were based on our wishlist. Suzee met us at the ship, on-time, and was an instant friend. After going over the schedule, she asked if there were any special places we needed to visit. The places she took us were those that we had decided on. Her knowledge of the area was outstanding. She gave us details that most tour guides would fail, I'm sure, to communicate. Suzee made us feel special and gave us options at each stop. Her professional presentation made us want to come back to Wellington in the future and have her give us another truly wonderful tour. She even helped us make contacts in Christchurch, our next stop, so that our tour there would be as memorable as the tour in Wellington. We highly recommend Suzee to anyone wanting a tour of Wellington and the surrounding area.
LarryDinges, Dec 2022

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Southward Car Museum is a must for car lovers and motorheads.

  • Children under 15 years old receive discounted museum admission.

  • The museum is close to Paraparaumu Beach and Queen Elizabeth Park, making it the perfect place to start or finish your day trip to the Kapiti Coast.

  • The museum is fully accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

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How to Get There

The Southward Car Museum is in Paraparaumu, on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s a 1-hour drive north from Wellington: turn off of State Highway 1 into Paraparaumu just before the Kapiti Expressway begins; there is on-site parking. Alternatively, take the Kapiti Line train to Paraparaumu and walk about 1.4 miles (2.3 kilometers) to the museum.

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When to Get There

The museum is open from 9am to 4:30pm daily. It’s fully indoors, making it a perfect destination in all weather. Though it often hosts vintage car meets in its parking lot, plus there’s plenty to see in the Dell and along the Kapiti Coast, so it’s best to visit between November and May. Check the museum’s website for a schedule of events.

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Experience Automotive History

The museum is home to many old cars, including the 1915 Stutz Indianapolis Racer (which is strapped down with leather belts) and the copper 1920 Dodge Coupe. But the oldest cars in the museum are two turn-of-the-century open-air motorcars, the 1905 Darracq Roadster and the 1895 Benz Velo. The latter is the oldest car in New Zealand.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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