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YALDHURST MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT AND SCIENCE - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

The Yaldhurst Museum of Transport and Science opened in 1968 with a personal collection built over many years. Cars, Carriages, Fire Engines, Print shop and Computer display. Open 7-days a week 10:00am - 5:00pm (last entry 3:45pm). 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)

OMAKA CLASSIC CARS - Blenheim

Location: Marlborough

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. Revisit an era through the cars on display. 4th June until 30th September open Friday/Saturday/Sunday from 12pm–4pm. Otherwise by arrangement for Groups...(more)

NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM WAIOURU - North Island

Location: Ruapehu - Waiouru

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)

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)

THE PACKARD MOTOR MUSEUM - Whangarei

Location: Northland - Whangarei

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)

ASHLEY PARK - Waitotara

Location: Taranaki

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)

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)

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)

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)

NATIONAL TRANSPORT & TOY MUSEUM - Wanaka

Location: Wanaka - Wanaka Town

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)

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)

MIKE PERO'S MOTORCYCLE GALLERY - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch West

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)

OLVESTON - Dunedin

Location: Otago

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)

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)

WAIPARA SPRINGS WINERY & RESTAURANT - Waipara, North Canterbury

Location: Christchurch

Award-winning Waipara Springs is a unique and iconic family-owned and operated boutique winery and cafe. With 29 years experience in hospitality, we have a wonderful story to share as one of the original wineries and cafes, within the iconic Waipara Valley. Awarded an Excellence rating from Trip Advisor, Open 7-days, we provide our guests a relaxing, picturesque and friendly experience...(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)

RICCARTON HOUSE & BUSH TOURS - Christchurch

Location: Riccarton

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)

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 - Wellington City

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)

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)

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 GREAT WAR EXHIBITION - Wellington

Location: Wellington - Wellington City

This exhibition tells the story in brilliant colour, evaporating 100 years, so we can understand and empathise with those who lived through this terrible war...which is so important now and into the future...(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)

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)

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)

BURIED VILLAGE - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

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)

AIR FORCE MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch South

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)

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)

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)