This fascinating museum is one of the largest private collections in the world with 4 major buildings housing over 600 vehicles, 20 aircraft and 60,000 plus toys and miscellaneous items. The Museum is the result of one man’s dream and over 50 years of collecting; it’s a 20th century treasure-trove. For a private collection the variety is amazing.
The transport collection alone includes vintage and classic cars, fire engines, military vehicles, tractors, trucks, motorbikes, heavy construction equipment, buses, boats plus much more. Aircraft including Russian Mig 21 and Antonov AN 2 Colt, an American Lockheed Lodestar and an English Hunter Jet Provost T5a.
The toys are a child’s dream. There are 1,000’s of diecast models, meccano, dolls and teddy bears, tin, windup, clockwork and battery powered toys plus much much more. It is also home to New Zealand’s largest display of Barbie & Star Wars. 1,000’s of miscellaneous items around every corner, including typewriters, hurricane lamps, sewing machines, musical instruments and kitchen utensils plus much more, checkout their website for a true list of exhibits.
Take for a ride the adult-size pedal cars or have a go on the WWII Bofors gun and a Chinese Anti-aircraft gun, climb over a 52-tonne Centurion Tank and check out the children’s old arcade rides. This extraordinary collection leaves people amazed that one man has collected so much in one lifetime.
The place is a real nostalgia trip, a must-see for all the family. Leave plenty of time, there is indoor seating or outdoor picnic area you are welcome to use as well as a children’s playground.