Museums in New Zealand
Reputedly the largest private collection of its type in the world: – Over 300 trucks and 150 petrol bowsers – – Significant Henry Ford collection – – Vast array of motoring memorabilia –
Believed to be the largest collection of British cars anywhere in the world, the British Car Museum in sunny Te Awanga represents a lifetime's passion - it is the personal and eclectic collection of Ian Hope. Ian has amassed over 500 cars and commercial vehicles (Austin, Bedford, Commer, Ford, Hillman, Jaguar, Morris, Riley, Standard, Vauxhall and many more) with over 38 Morris Minors alone!
The Canterbury Museum purchased the Ivan Mauger Collection in 2016. Ivan Mauger was a multiple motorcycle champion. The collection includes Mauger's gold-plated bike, the collection includes the bike he rode when he broke the world long track speed record in 1986 and the first Jawa 4-valve bike ever produced, on which he won the 1976 World Long Track Championship. It also includes trophies, vests, leathers and a variety of other objects.
"Over 100 cars and more... Our collection encompasses a range of interests including an extensive collection of petrol memorabilia - enamel signs, pumps, tins and oil bottles. There is something Classic for the whole family, we cater for a wide range of interests with vintage toys, pedal cars and scenes from early New Zealand."
Every year hundreds of visitors from all around the world journey to E Hayes and Sons' Invercargill store for one reason - to see a remarkable vintage motorcycle with their own eyes and stand in the presence of a legend. It’s a legend that tells a story of passion and determination to develop a motorcycle to its full potential - beyond what would even seem possible. It’s the story of ‘The World’s Fastest Indian’. The legend of Burt Munro.
The Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum is the finest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. On display are vintage cars, vintage tractors, vintage farm machinery and plenty of other interesting things.
The Highlands Museum is home to the some of the rarest cars in NZ motorsport history but also some hidden gems that include an authentic American sheriff’s patrol car, a larger than life Transformer’s Bumblebee action figure on display and even several arcade driving games.
Unique to New Zealand and only a 10 minute drive from the centre of New Plymouth situated in the heart of the Hillsborough district. Hillsborough Holden Museum was purposely built for the preservation and display of a private collection of Australian Holden cars and memorabilia. The cars range from well preserved early models, meticulously restored models through to late model new cars.
Matthews Vintage Collection is set in Northland's beautiful Doubtless Bay. Accumulated and restored by Winston, an avid vintage enthusiast over the last 50 years, the museum covers yesterday's finest- farm machinery, vintage cars and household items.
A special motorcycle, the record-breaking Britten V-1000, designed and built by Kiwi "genius" John Britten that in 1993 set the World Flying Mile Record for motorcycles 1000cc and under, reaching 302 kilometres per hour is exhibited in The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. It is New Zealand's national museum, located in Wellington. Known as Te Papa, or 'Our Place', it opened in 1998 after the merging of the National Museum and the National Art Gallery.