Welcome to Southward Car Museum, located on the Kapiti Coast, an hour's drive north of Wellington.
Designed and built by the late Sir Len Southward, this customised facility houses the southern hemispheres largest private car collection.
The building also contains extensive conference and function facilities, a theatre; complete with operational pipe organ, and a cafe and restaurant, all set in six hectares of immaculate park-like grounds.
The museum itself is home to over 400 automobiles and various other exhibits including aircraft, bicycles, a range of vintage tools and other automobile memorabilia
and even a vintage Fire Engine.
The collection includes many famous makes and models of classic and vintage cars. Among the most popular are Marlene Dietrich's 1934 Cadillac Town Cabriolet, a 1915 Stutz Indianapolis race car, a gull-winged Mercedes-Benz, a 1950 Cadillac "Gangster Special" that had belonged to gansgter Mickey Cohen and an 1895 Benz Velo imported to New Zealand in 1900.
Sir Len Southward and his wife Lady Vera Southward began collecting cars in 1956. The first of which was a Model T Ford for which Sir Len paid £40. Having achieved business success, Sir Len began to buy and restore old cars, constantly adding to his collection. After his retirement, Sir Len devoted much of his time to the car museum which was opened in December of 1979.
Sir Len Southward
1906 - 2004
Born Leonard Bingley Southward, this avid motor enthusist, automobile collector and motor sport legend first started in the motor industry as a messenger boy with a Wellington based firm of motor importers in 1919. Following this, he branched out on his own repairing motorcycles and by 1935, Southward Motors, which specialised in repairs to the very popular Austin Seven, had opened in Kent Terrace. (more here)
ContactSOUTHWARD CAR MUSEUM,
Otaihanga Road, Paraparaumu, New Zealand, 5036.
p.+64 04 297 1221
f.+64 04 297 0503
THEATRE BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES
p.+64 04 297 1221
Open HoursOpen daily from 9am – 4.30pm.
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
WEDDING AND CONFERENCE FACILITIES
Southwards offers a range of wedding and private function packages. With both a purpose built auditorium and two modern function rooms to choose from we can cater for both small and large groups of up to 450 people. Southwards is ideal for corporate picnics, BBQ's, team building. Resident organist, Len Fifield , has regular performances and the Loaded Gun team hosts a range of popular theme parties. (more here) .
Admission ChargesAdults (over 15 years) – $13.00
Children (5 – 15 years) – $3.00
Pre-schoolers - No charge.
Please click here for group booking rates.