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SOUTHWARD CAR MUSEUM - Kapiti Coast

Location: Wellington - Paraparaumu

For those of you looking for one of the largest and most varied collections of motor vehicles, bikes and various other exhibits in the Southern Hemisphere, visit Southward Car Museum. Cafe open daily with large Function rooms and Theater available for hire for weddings, dinners, conferences and meetings. Located an easy 1-hour drive along the beautiful Kapiti Coast...(more)

MIKE PERO'S MOTORCYCLE GALLERY - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

Wander down memory lane & back to the 70s', 80s' & 90s' and take in the collection of more than 60 Classic Japanese Motorcycles. From 50cc to a full range of Superbikes. Five TV screens with race footage from the day. 100+ period magazines. 6-minutes from Christchurch Airport – 1 Hawthornden Road; Adults $15; Open Wed-Sun 10am-5pm...(more)

OMAKA CLASSIC CARS - Blenheim

Location: Marlborough - Blenheim

Showcasing vehicles from 1950's - 1980's, a time of carefree, wild, individual design with charisma, chrome and large grilles. Austins, Holdens, Jaguars, Zodiacs, Fords, and much more offer insight into Marlborough and New Zealand motoring. Nostalgia envelops you as you revisit an era through the cars on display. Opening hours; 12 noon to 4pm daily. Outside these hours by arrangement...(more)

OTAGO MUSEUM - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin

Welcome to one of the world's best museums! Discover the richness and vibrancy of the southern region through outstanding collections covering culture, nature and science. Whether you have an hour to spare or a day to enjoy, you'll find something to inspire, enlighten or excite you...(more)

HOWICK HISTORICAL VILLAGE - East Auckland

Location: Auckland - Howick

Experience the tranquil and rustic surroundings of an 1850s settlement. Wander at your own pace while you explore this museum, located on a five-acre site, including 30 buildings set up to show life as it was in early Auckland. Chat to our costumed staff, and savour the home cooked food at the Homestead Cafe & souvenir shop. Open seven days...(more)

OLVESTON - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin

The Olveston experience is a very personal one and few historic houses can offer such integrity through their originality. We like to involve the visitor in feeling very much a part of the experience as a guest in the family home...(more)

CABLE CAR MUSEUM - Wellington

Location: Wellington

Bringing to life the story of Wellington's iconic cable cars is the award-winning Cable Car Museum, situated within the original Winding House. Open every day with free entry, the Museum is home to two of the original grip cars and the historic winding machinery once used to haul the cars through a series of tunnels up the steep incline...(more)

AUCKLAND MUSEUM - Auckland

Location: Auckland

Welcome to Auckland War Memorial Museum, where exciting stories of the Pacific and New Zealand are told within a memorial dedicated to those who have sacrificed their lives for our country. This Auckland museum also has exhibits featuring the flora, fauna and landforms of our unique islands...(more)

NATIONAL TRANSPORT & TOY MUSEUM - Wanaka

Location: Wanaka

Come visit one of the largest, private, and fascinating collections of nostalgic toys in New Zealand. This selection of toys has something to fascinate everyone: clockwork and battery powered toys, porcelain dolls, teddy bears, pedal cars and money boxes. Indoor and outdoor playing areas with pedal tractors and trucks for the kids. 600 vehicles. And over 60,000 toys displayed...(more)

NAIRN STREET COTTAGE - Wellington

Location: Wellington

Built in 1858, central Wellington's oldest identified building is beautifully presented and rich with history. Displays show the ways in which the first colonials blended their lives from their Victorian homeland with the dictates of a new country. Enjoy the garden, the remaining portion of an 1840 New Zealand Company Town Acre, on which the Cottage was built...(more)

ASHLEY PARK - Waitotara

Location: Taranaki - Waitotara

Ashley Park in Waitotara is set in over four acres of landscaped parks and grounds with an extensive Camellia area, picturesque lake and picnic area. Offering a wide range of accommodation, farming and recreational facilities for guests and visitors. Located approximately 20 minutes from Wanganui and 45 minutes from Hawera in South Taranaki...(more)

Ashburton Aviation Museum - Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Ashburton

Pictured is one of our star attractions, the Harrier 'jump jet'. Ashburton has a strong aviation history, being a training base in World War 2. We have a super-hanger and more than 20 aircraft on display. We're well worth a visit. Get up close and personal with Skyhawk, Tiger Moth, DC3, Flying Flea, Vampire, Meteor,..(more)

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BILL RICHARDSON TRANSPORT WORLD - Invercargill

Location: Southland - Invercargill

Richardson Transport World has something for everyone in the largest private collection of its type in the world. Home to over 300 vehicles, a wearable arts collection, children's play zones, The Grille Cafe and themed bathrooms fast becoming as famous as our vehicles...(more)

STEAMPUNK HQ - Oamaru

Location: Otago

Proudly based in Oamaru and opened in November 2011, Steampunk HQ is an art collaboration that portrays an industrial version of Steampunk, with a giant sense of humour and larger than life visions of an off the wall Steampunk universe. Steampunk HQ is well known for its full scale train engine that spits fire and billows smoke...(more)

CHRISTCHURCH GONDOLA - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch - Akaroa and Banks Peninsula

Only 15 minutes from the central city, take a ride to the summit of the Port Hills, 500 metres above sea level. It's a "top" experience! Offering spectacular 360-degree views of Christchurch City, Lyttelton Harbour, Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. Set atop the Gondola Summit Station, the Red Rock Cafe offers tasty snacks, light meals and beverages...(more)

CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE MECCA - Invercargill

Location: Southland

With over 300 motorcycles and motorcycle related artwork from around the world, this collection is widely regarded as a world-class display. Highlights include three out of four publicly displayed John Britten motorbikes and the largest display of Brough Superior in the Southern Hemisphere. Over 60 manufacturers and brands such as AJS, Ariel, BMW, Harley Davidson, Henderson, Indian, Matchless and Rudge...(more)

WORLD OF WEARABLE ART AND CLASSIC CAR MUSEUM - Nelson

Location: Nelson - Nelson City

The World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum is an iconic 'must see' visitor attraction in Nelson, New Zealand. The museum celebrates two distinctly different passions - a world class collection of classic cars as well as incredible wearable works of art from all around the world. The car museum is one of Australasia's largest private collections...(more)

THE PACKARD MOTOR MUSEUM - Whangarei

Location: Northland

The Packard Motor Museum has one of the largest collections of Packard automobiles anywhere in the world… plus classic motor cycles, military and other vintage and rare vehicles. Our other special collections include our log-hauling steam locomotive, steam traction engines and earth-moving equipment that literally shaped New Zealand into the country we see today...(more)

WHAKAREWAREWA - THE LIVING MAORI VILLAGE - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua - Rotorua City

Welcome to the thermal town of Rotorua! For over 300 years people have lived here, using the geothermal wonders to create a unique cultural way of life. Our friendly guides will show you sites of significance, while interacting with our craft people (eg, weaving, tattoo). Enjoy daily cultural shows, hangi meals and explore our walking tracks...(more)

EDWIN FOX MARITIME CENTRE - Picton

Location: Marlborough

Now on permanent display in Picton, New Zealand. Learn all about her fascinating round the world adventures and her checkered history from troop carrier to immigrant ship, even convict transporter. Open Daily 9am, Dunbar Wharf, Picton..(more)

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WAIPARA SPRINGS WINERY & RESTAURANT - Waipara, North Canterbury

Location: Canterbury - Waipara Valley

Located in the Waipara Valley north of Christchurch, Waipara Springs is a unique and iconic award winning boutique winery and café. With 25 years’ experience in hospitality we have a wonderful story to share as one of the regions original wineries and cafés. Open 7 days, we provide all our guests a relaxing, picturesque and friendly experience...(more)

SPACE PLACE AT CARTER OBSERVATORY - Wellington

Location: Wellington - Wellington City

At the top of the Botanic Gardens, the Carter Observatory is home to a full-dome planetarium offering excellent shows with virtual tours of the local skies; multimedia displays of Polynesian and European navigation, Maori cosmology, space and New Zealanders; and some of NZ's finest telescopes and astronomical artefacts. Open daily 10am - 5pm (open until 9.30pm Tuesdays/Saturdays). Closed Christmas Day...(more)

CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN - Lower Waitakere, Auckland

Location: Auckland

Absolutely amazing crystal and mineral museum situated in the foothills of the Waitakere ranges, only a 20-minute drive from the Auckland CBD. Waiting to be found are ancient fossils as well as the biggest and most unusual selection of crystals and minerals in New Zealand, selected from around the world. Delicious cafe, farm animals and children's playgrounds. Group tours welcome...(more)

WELLINGTON MUSEUM - Wellington

Location: Wellington

Housed in the Bond Store, a 1892 heritage building designed by leading architect Frederick de Jersey Clere, is Wellington Museum. Set over four floors, the Museum shares some of the fascinating stories of the Wellington region. Come see the Von Kohorn Room, Wahine Theatre, The Attic, and much more!..(more)

NEW ZEALAND MARITIME MUSEUM - Auckland

Location: Auckland - Auckland City

Museum entry is FREE for Aucklanders. New Zealand’s most celebrated mariner, Sir Peter Blake was a peerless ocean racer and passionate environmentalist. This stunning permanent exhibition celebrates his remarkable achievements, as well as paying tribute to New Zealand's world-renowned design and yachting..(more)

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AIR FORCE MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

Experience one of the world's best military aviation collections at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand; from aircraft, engines and assorted parts to medals and personal war stories. Come and explore our collection, fly a simulator, take a guided tour and enjoy our children's activities. FREE ADMISSION, open daily...(more)

ART DECO TRUST - Napier

Location: Hawkes Bay

Explore Napier, the Art Deco Capital of the World! Take a tour of the city's iconic Art Deco heritage which is beautifully preserved. Your friendly, local guide will entertain you with stories of the earthquake that destroyed the city and the remarkable recovery. With a tour to suit everyone, you will see a new side to Napier's beauty and charm...(more)

OTAGO PENINSULA MUSEUM - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin

This museum contains treasures from the local community including the old Cape Saunders lighthouse lantern room, the old local jail, a restored cannon found at Harington Point and photos & geneology relating to families on the Otago Peninsula. Open on Sunday afternoons from..(more)

CLASSICS MUSEUM - Hamilton

Location: Waikato

A classic car museum with over 100 cars for display and an extensive collection of petrol memorabilia signs, tins, petrol pumps, pedal cars and early pin-ball machines. Something for everyone. A conference room is available for hire with seating for up to 100 people or full hireage of the venue for up to 300 people...(more)

BURIED VILLAGE - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua - Lake Tarawera

Around the fascinating remains of a settlement buried by the eruption of Mount Tarawera, a place of exceptional beauty has been created. A world-class museum houses many hundreds of objects dug from the ruins of the village. Be escorted though the excavated sites with a walk to the base of one of NZ's most stunning waterfalls—not to be missed...(more)

NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM WAIOURU - North Island

Location: Ruapehu

Visitors will be inspired by real life soldier's stories as they discover New Zealand's military history, and reflect on how conflict has shaped our nation. The Museum is open daily 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (except Christmas Day). Facilities include the Museum Cafe, gift shop, research centre, guided tours, Memorial Greenstone Wall, educational programmes and picnic area...(more)

RICCARTON HOUSE & BUSH TOURS - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

Our guided tours offer you a glimpse of days gone by around every corner, taking you through a world of Victorian and Edwardian splendour. Begun in 1856, this grand homestead was the home of Canterbury's pioneering Deans family for 91 years. Take a walk through the last surviving remnant of ancient kahikatea forest that once covered the Canterbury Plains...(more)

TE MANAWA MUSEUM OF ART, SCIENCE AND HISTORY - Palmerston North

Location: Manawatu - Palmerston North

The cultural heart of Palmerston North, Te Manawa Museum, brings art, science and history together, recognising the uniqueness of each area and reflecting the growing Manawatu region and its people. View the changing art exhibitions featuring national and international artists. Enjoy the unique children's house and garden and explore our interactive exhibition Te Awa—The River, Heart of Manawatu...(more)

TE PAPA - NEW ZEALAND'S NATIONAL MUSEUM - Wellington

Location: Wellington - Wellington City

Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum, tells the wonderful stories of our past, present and future. Over 20 galleries are home to imaginative exhibitions and interactive experiences that explore NZ's unique natural environment, dynamic art heritage, interesting history and the vitality of Maori culture. Open 365 days a year from 10am to 6pm (except Christmas Day). Free admission...(more)

THE KAURI MUSEUM - Matakohe, Northland

Location: Northland - West Coast

The Kauri Museum in Matakohe tells the fascinating story of pioneering settlers through the theme of kauri. Experience the history of the mighty kauri, its lovely timber and kauri gum. The Kauri Museum is located en route to the giant kauri trees in Waipoua Forest. One of Northland's best heritage attractions. An excellent place for the whole family to visit...(more)

KIWI NORTH - Whangarei

Location: Northland - Whangarei

Welcome to Kiwi North, a site that features a museum, a nocturnal kiwi house, gift store, and unique Victorian heritage buildings. We're set on 25 hectares of rolling, volcanic farmland, forest and bush, with views that overlook the city of Whangarei and the Whangarei Heads. Our specialty is with Family-friendly Event Days...(more)