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National Transport and Toy Museum

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Address: 851-905 Wanaka-Luggate Highway, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-443 8765
08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00

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The best and largest museum of this type that we have ever visited and we've visited a few! Lots to see - most impressive and well worth a visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
lyn o
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The best and largest museum of this type that we have ever visited and we've visited a few! Lots to see - most impressive and well worth a visit.

Thank lyn o
Christchurch, New Zealand
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36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the 4 year old grandson, he got waylaid in the toy area and we did not do the paying part but that has a great selection for $17. Plenty of things to buy if you want.

Thank peter j
Hertford, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Would not have visited if the rain had not been falling in buckets but so glad to have done so. In one sense just a huge repository of cars in four hangars but what a collection. The hangars are less organised as one goes round but that really does not matter. Begins with toys - a big collection and featuring... More 

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Ontario's Near North, Canada
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232 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a great place. Not a conventional museum but rather the personal and eclectic collection of an inveterate pack of sorts. Amazing cars, lots of airplanes and a Star Wars toy collection that fans of the films would love.

Thank LikethetripFantastic
Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
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304 reviews
175 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a sunny day this can be a great day because the kids can be outside trying their talents at the old fashion pedal pusher. I had a good laugh just watching them trying and they gave it their all and the did it but it was exhausting for them. The first building has the toys and old cars. The... More 

Thank pretblueye
Blenheim, New Zealand
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a visit. Very enjoyable meandering through the toy displays and the hangars full of cars and other machinery.

Thank Blackbatch
Hong Kong, China
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a good place for travelers who have interest in toys, automobiles and planes. The price is relatively cheaper than the other museum nearby, also in my opinion the collections is more extensive.

Thank smartdonald
United Kingdom
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142 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A wild and wacky museum, showing the extreme of collecting. The collection however is immense and unique. It contains toys, fire engines, cars, aircraft and more. The children were amazed at the toys from the past. A good few hours can be spent reliving your own past and educating following generations, and all finished with some local beer, as the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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126 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

A wonderful toy shop. I have never seen so many great toys in the same place in Australian and NZ. The museum itself is amazing, full of fun, great for adults and kids. I absolutely recommend.

Thank XMOS69
Greater Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Curious and AMAZING when you consider that one person collected ALL these things. Mr Gerald Rhodes was an amazingly unique individual. He started life as an apprentice mechanic I think, but became an insurance adviser, collector and property developer who amassed this amazing and eclectic assortment of old objects; from Fire engines and airplanes to model cars and toys including... More 

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