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NGONGOTAHA RAILWAY PARK - Rotorua

Location: Bay of Plenty

Ngongotaha Railway Park is located 5kms north of Rotorua. We offer Miniature Railway rides on steam and diesel locomotives, bouncy castle loco's, museum displays, operational model railway displays and a delightful hobby supply shop called Platform Three. All of these are enjoyed by young and old alike. We can also host birthday parties and other special occasions...(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)

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 - Wellington City

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)

SPACE PLACE AT CARTER OBSERVATORY - Wellington

Location: Wellington

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)

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)

NAIRN STREET COTTAGE - Wellington

Location: Wellington - Wellington City

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)

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)

RICCARTON HOUSE & BUSH TOURS - Christchurch

Location: Canterbury

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)

TAIRAWHITI MUSEUM - Gisborne, East Coast North Island NZ

Location: Eastland - Gisborne

Taku pōhiri e rere atu rā. Nau mai e hika mā ki tēnei te paetukutuku a Te Whare Taonga o Te Tairāwhiti. Nau mai, haere mai, rā. Welcome to Tairāwhiti Museum and Art Gallery...(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)

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)

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)

SOARING KIWI HOP ON HOP OFF TOURS - Auckland City

Location: Auckland

Join us for a unique City Sightseeing Experience unlike any other! Unique Double Decker buses. Hop-on Hop-off Tours in Auckland, Christchurch & Queenstown...(more)

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CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN - Lower Waitakere, Auckland

Location: Auckland - Waitakere City

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)

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)

AIR FORCE MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch West

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)

YALDHURST MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT AND SCIENCE - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch West

The Yaldhurst Museum of Transport and Science opened in 1968 with a personal collection built over many years. Cars, Carriages, Fire Engines, Print shop, Computer display. Open year-round Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm(last entry 3:45). On-site cafe open to the public daily. Take a trip down memory lane. Visitors get an insight into how things used to be...(more)

KIWI NORTH - Whangarei

Location: Northland

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)

WORLD OF WEARABLEART & CLASSIC CARS 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)

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 Tuesday-Sunday 10am–5pm...(more)

FERRYMEAD HERITAGE PARK - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch East

Ferrymead Heritage Park takes you back into New Zealand's past. Visit the Edwardian Township complete with houses, school classroom, church, picture theatre, jail, railway station, trains, post office, printers, tobacconist, general store, lawyer’s office and more. View the fascinating array of museum and heritage collections. Close to the Port Hills, Sumner, Redcliffs, Heathcote Valley and the port of Lyttleton...(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)

CLASSICS MUSEUM - Hamilton

Location: Waikato - Hamilton

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)

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)

CHRISTCHURCH ATTRACTIONS - Gondola

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)

SOUTHWARD CAR MUSEUM - Kapiti Coast

Location: Wellington

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)