Open DaySunday, 1st March 2015.

Preparation is well underway for our extremely popular annual Open Day. This is one of the biggest family friendly events on the Kapiti Coast and is a great opportunity for the public to come along and experience a great variety of motoring history.

Car owners travel from all around the country bringing their classic cars and motorcycles, vintage vehicles and Hot Rods to display. There is preferential parking for registered vehicles and there are prizes for Best Presented Vehicle and Best Presented Car Club. Any car owners interested in registering for the 2015 event can contact Hayden by phone on 027 859 2774 or by email,

Of course, the museum will be open and all of the Southward classics will be available for viewing too. We have a great deal of family fun on offer including, live music, children's entertainment and our mighty Wurlitzer organ will be played in all its glory. We also have guided 'behind the scenes' tours of our restoration workshops and you can even witness some our prized exhibits roar into life.

Adults: $10.00
Children under 15: Free
Registered Drivers: $5:00

Gates open at 9 a.m.

To purchase pre-sale tickets from our online agent, click here, and to view photos from our previous Open Days, click here.

Professional Venue Hire Facilities Now taking bookings for 2015.

The begining of the year is always busy at Southwards as our in-house venue services continue to be extremely popular.

We have already gained a reputation for providing the most professional functions service on the Kapiti Coast and we aim to further develop our prominence in the years to come.

We have a number of venue options with both indoor and outdoor facilities available. We offer large areas suitable for product launches, AGM's, or large public events and we also have smaller venues for private occasions or weekend team-building retreats.

Our catering options include a range of selected local catering providers with each always maintaining a high standard of efficiency and culinary expertise. We also have a selection of professional business condiments to give high profile business meetings that much needed professional edge.

Booking rates and packages are ranged to suit a variety of sizes and occasions, from professional business functions to high class wedding celebrations. We are seeing a number of repeat and return bookings so please book early to ensure your dates are available.

For more information regarding venue hire inquiries, please contact Amber via email at or call the museum during open hours on 04 297 1221.

For photos, a list of caterers and more information about our facilities, click here.


We are proud to announce an exclusive new tour package in association with Kapiti Heliworks. Please click here to download a brochure and find out how you can be visiting some of the Kapiti Coast's best attractions.

Welcome !

Sir Len Southward
Sir Leonard Southward was an avid motor enthusiast, automobile collector and New Zealand motor sport legend. Click his picture above to find out more about his world famous legacy.

Southward Theatre
The Southward Theatre hosts a variety of public and private performances. Click the image above to find out more.

Events and
Open Days

For information regarding our special events and open days, please click the image above.

Expressway Effects
Please take time to read our submission to the EPA. We are very concerned about the effect the Expressway may have on our ability to remain open to the public in the long term. Click the picture to find out more.