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British Car Museum

63 East Road, Te Awanga, New Zealand
+64 6-875 0561
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Quantity over quality

Having a big interest in British Classic cars we wondered why we had not heard about this museum... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Diane B
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Mind blowing collection of history

This is not what we expected. From the outside it looks like any other Kiwi tin shed, albeit a... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
paulcc115
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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63 East Road, Te Awanga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having a big interest in British Classic cars we wondered why we had not heard about this museum before as the advertising blub said 450 cars on show. Well we wouldn't disagree about the number of cars on view but most of them were just...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is not what we expected. From the outside it looks like any other Kiwi tin shed, albeit a large kiwi fruit pack house. From the outside is a rusting old jag and a few road signage, possibly not that interesting. The entrance is simple,...More

Thank paulcc115
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Many thanks for the review, Paul - delighted you enjoyed your visit. Do come again next time you are in the area.

Reviewed 15 March 2017

A very large assortment of British cars, jam packed into rather stifling sheds, a fabulous collection for those who wish to go down memory lane. The whole place smells like the interior of an old car. Quite a few rare gems hiding there too. Jensen...More

Thank grandiflora
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the review - Ian Hope appreciates all who take an interest.

Reviewed 27 February 2017

just amazing too many to view properly but some rare old beasts nice guy had a long chat with him even the ladies enjoyed the time there

Thank davidtaylor444
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Many thanks for the review, David. There is more than enough in Ian Hope's collection to keep the enthusiast absorbed for several hours. Do visit again when you have more time!

Reviewed 14 February 2017

Packed full, (too full) of classic and vintage cars, so many in fact, that in many places you can't actually get anywhere near the cars. It remains an interesting collection. It does seem a shame to me to have so many of the same type...More

Thank Ikorel
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

As the sole owner of this extraordinary collection, Ian Hope's key objective is to ensure these vehicles survive so that they can be restored at some point in the future - essentially to ensure they dont fall by the wayside as so many already have....More

Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

What a blast from the past All the cars seen around as a kid in the 70s and 80s plus older! Great to see all these gems under a roof, not rusting away in a yard somewhere. No wonder the old beasts are not available...More

Thank McTravel73
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review - do come again as Ian is adding more regularly!

Reviewed 14 January 2017

If you love British cars, mostly very old, some more recent, then this collection is for you. My husband saw cars just like he remembered his father owned. And ones just he owned. We had to wipe the drool off his face when he left.

Thank LadnerLady
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the trouble to write a review. We are delighted to hear your husband enjoyed visiting Ian's collection.

Reviewed 10 January 2017

An interesting diversion after the disappointment of not be able to visit Cape Kidnappers. This is an interesting place in which some 450 cars dating between 1931 and the early millenium, with an emphasis on the cars of 1950 to 1980 that were most common...More

Thank Traveltane
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for the review - glad you enjoyed your visit and Ian's sometimes cheeky sense of humour! Do come again next time you are in the area.

Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

An unusually rainy day in Hawkes Bay had us looking for places to visit. A bit of googling showed us some options one of which was The British Car Museum. We drove there, parked, went to the door and pressed the button which sounded a...More

Thank Peter M
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Peter for that wonderful review. Its clear that you 'get' Ian Hope's fun, whacky vision! So glad you enjoyed your visit - do come again next time you are in the area as Ian is constantly adding to his collection.

Reviewed 27 December 2016

... needs a financial backer. The web site tells of the background of his collection, and shows some of the better exhibits, more attractively than they are presented on site. The museum Is a great calling point for car buffs, collectors and enthusiasts...but needs a...More

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this review

Thank you Lynne for your review and for sharing your ideas about how you would take Ian Hope's collection forward. Of course your remarks make uncomfortable reading, but thats in the nature of feedback; Ian does take note of people's criticisms, just as willingly as...More

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