National Transport and Toy Museum

National Transport and Toy Museum

National Transport and Toy Museum
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Deborah H
    Hersham, United Kingdom29 contributions
    A Big Gem you have to see it
    In the middle of nowhere is this museum and I can honestly say I have never been anywhere like it. The personal collection of classic cars, fire engines, toys, dolls you name it it’s there! You really must visit if you are in or passing through Wanaka
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Venkat G
    Mumbai, India185 contributions
    A hidden gem
    This place is an absolute gem for the young and young at heart. If you are a lover of model cars, planes, scale models then this is heaven. They have a brilliant shop with tons and tons of miniature cars and planes as well as scaling Model kits. Unfortunately I did not have time to visit the museum but the size of this place is amazing. A must visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Jobehan
    19 contributions
    Amazing experience for all ages!
    This is so worth the money for entry we started at the start and we’re amazed by the selection of toys, from Star Wars to Barbie to a fabulous selection of 80’s toys. The list could go on…and that’s just one room! There are four hangers in total and each one of them holds a range of toys, collections and transportation, including cars, planes and trains. There is an amazing collection on pedal cars for both young and old and a couple of old planes that you can go into. You could easily spend a whole day wondering around looking and exploring, always finding something new that you hadn’t seen before. To think that this is the collection of one man is pretty spectacular! Well recommend going and seeing this!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 October 2023
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Jobehan
19 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
This is so worth the money for entry we started at the start and we’re amazed by the selection of toys, from Star Wars to Barbie to a fabulous selection of 80’s toys. The list could go on…and that’s just one room!
There are four hangers in total and each one of them holds a range of toys, collections and transportation, including cars, planes and trains.
There is an amazing collection on pedal cars for both young and old and a couple of old planes that you can go into.
You could easily spend a whole day wondering around looking and exploring, always finding something new that you hadn’t seen before.
To think that this is the collection of one man is pretty spectacular!
Well recommend going and seeing this!
Written 6 October 2023
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Venkat G
Mumbai, India185 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
This place is an absolute gem for the young and young at heart. If you are a lover of model cars, planes, scale models then this is heaven. They have a brilliant shop with tons and tons of miniature cars and planes as well as scaling Model kits. Unfortunately I did not have time to visit the museum but the size of this place is amazing. A must visit.
Written 20 September 2023
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Phil B
Brisbane, Australia123 contributions
Jun 2023
Just Wow, for boys and men that love their toys!

Almost one mans collection of toys, models, memorabilia, vehicles, aircraft and machinery.

You could spend an entire day here to fully absorb this museum. I can't wait to return!

A must visit if your into classic collections, highly recommended.
Written 15 June 2023
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MBG1952
Montrose61 contributions
Mar 2023
You could spend hours here just wandering around and looking at the cars and toys, there isn’t much rhyme or reason as to how much of it is laid out but it was an enjoyable experience and one of the few places we got a seniors discount. The shop has a wide variety of toys and the most Lego kits I’ve seen out of a Lego shop.
Written 23 April 2023
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Deborah H
Hersham, UK29 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
In the middle of nowhere is this museum and I can honestly say I have never been anywhere like it. The personal collection of classic cars, fire engines, toys, dolls you name it it’s there! You really must visit if you are in or passing through Wanaka
Written 14 March 2023
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Paul T
Wodonga, Australia15 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
Wow this place brings back so many childhood memories, what a collection! I could have spent all day here if I had more time. The wife didn't want to go but in the end she enjoyed it just as much as me ,I think. Petal car ride was fun as well
Written 22 February 2023
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kerry
Takapuna, New Zealand11 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Wow the stuff they have in this place is unbelievable. Whether you are young or young at heart there is something for everyone. An amazing rainy day activity to do with most things under cover
Written 21 February 2023
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Monica N
5 contributions
Feb 2023
Entry fees are fair and reasonable. Over 4 hangers to view an overwhelming amount of various toys and transport. A great attraction in Wanaka and not to be missed.
Written 20 February 2023
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drtgfnz
Perth, Australia889 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
So much to see here. Loads of exhibits that appeal to a wide range of people. Look up, look around, look down. The area is packed with interesting toys, gadgets, tools, vehicles and so much more. Well worth the trip.
Written 20 February 2023
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JanuaryLantern
Swindon, United Kingdom65 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
The exhibits are crammed in haphazardly with no logic to the layout and a paucity of information with a great deal of unlabeled items on display. The whole place looks like the owner and staff just don't care. The exhibits look uncared for and clearly haven't been checked for a long time. Some information signs are damaged and illegible. The areas to which the public have access are scruffy.
It looks like masses of unrelated items have been acquired/donated and the museum management/owners are determined to display as much as possible with no care how this is done. There are some real gems amongst the items, great potential but very poor execution.
There is no room to walk around many of the exhibits. It is impossible to access many of the areas in a wheelchair (we witnessed this first-hand today as we saw a family with a young child in a wheelchair trying to negotiate their way around exhibits in one of the hangars).
There is only one toilet facility for the entire, large area.
We were visiting from UK and have been to several transportation-related museums in New Zealand (Gore, Blenheim, Invercargill) and other museums which have all been carefully curated with items exhibited in an engaging, imaginative and informative fashion. This museum is awful by comparison.
A visit to a toy museum should be a joyful experience - this really was the opposite.
What a shame.
Written 19 January 2023
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