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The Packard and Pioneer Museum- Maungatapere, Northland, NZ
Reportedly New Zealand’s largest private collection, closed to the general public for years and now being opened by a small group of dedicated volunteers, the Packard and Pioneer Museum, has been until now Northland’s best kept secret. This charitable trust encompasses a vast collection of vintage cars, including the following;
• 52 Packards
• Other classic cars of interest (some owned by important historical figures)
• 65 restored classic motorbikes (1904 -1976)
• Military vehicles
• Fire-engines
• Early steam tractors and traction engines
• A few horse drawn vehicles (including buggies and a Royal Mail coach)
• Allis-Chalmers and Caterpiller bulldozers
• Buses and commercial vehicles
• Many other early NZ earthmoving machines and tractors
• Stationery engines
• Early motorized lawn mowers
• Early telephones and typewriters
• Sewing machines
• A collection of saws
• Cast iron stoves
• Vintage toys and working steam models
• and a fabulous range of early colonial domestic items and paraphernalia
The collection began back in the early 1950’s. The founder, Graeme Craw, had a strong interest in the Industrial Revolution. He decided he wanted to preserve the history and uphold the memory of the principal instigators of the revolution which took place in Britain during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. He wanted to display machines and artifacts, particularly those pertaining to colonial New Zealand.
Graeme also wanted to illustrate the historical evolution of one car. The Packard caught Graeme’s attention because its makers were first class engineers building America’s most prestigious cars. Hence the collection houses 52 Packards, covering most models from 1919 to 1958 when Packard finally closed its doors. This is now the second largest collection of Packards in the world, some say the largest.
Sadly, in 2007 Graeme passed away after a long illness and finally the museum was almost totally closed to the public. We are a small group of volunteers slowly reopening it, but much work needs to be done to bring it to life again.
You can view the main museum for $15 per person (children under 12: $5) every saturday at 2.00pm only, usually on weekends (we are staffed by volunteers). Please contact Richard on 027-4435060, 09-4350230 or packard@orcon.net.nz for bookings outside 2.00 saturdays and details. It takes about 2 -4 hours to get through. Comfortable shoes are recommended!!! Our long term goal is to open full time like a regular museum.
An exhibition of selected pieces is on display in the Stanley Marine Building (opposite Reyburn House) in the Whangarei Town Basin. Entry fee is $5.00 and bookings can be made from there to join a group tour to view the larger collection out at Maungatapere. This exhibition is currently open Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10.00 - 3.30.



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Contact Details
Postal address iconAddress for correspondence only: 93 Finlayson Road RD6 Whangarei
Telephone number icon0274435060
Web address iconhttp://www.packardandpioneer.co.nz
Email address iconpackard@orcon.net.nz
Staff iconGeneral Manager: Richard Easton

Visitor Information
Physical address iconState Highway 14, Maungatapere, New Zealand
Hours of operation icon2.00pm every saturday Admission Adult $15 Concessions available
Charges iconAdult $15 Children $5 Concessions available

Wheelchair accessCafeReference LibraryParkingShopGuided TourPublic ProgrammesToilets
Groups welcome. Please ring Richard 027-4435060 first, thanks.