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British Car Museum

63 East Road, Te Awanga, New Zealand
+64 6-875 0561
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A walk back in time for British car enthusiasts

Ian Hope's British Car Museum is tucked neatly into a huge shed/barn in Te Awanga, a sleepy hollow... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
1811027Scott
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Petrolhead's Dream/Nightmare

The British Car Museum is only open at weekends and is not easily found. This is NOT a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
RosieFifeGirl
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St Andrews
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A unique personal collection of over 400 Classic British cars, commercials and motoring memorabilia. Please note there may be some dust and oil among the cars as the owner is not as young as he was and cannot get around them as often as he would like. Volunteer cleaners very welcome!
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good34%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“entry fee” (4 reviews)
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63 East Road, Te Awanga, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ian Hope's British Car Museum is tucked neatly into a huge shed/barn in Te Awanga, a sleepy hollow near Napier. It is his lifetime's collection of British vehicles and no car enthusiast should miss it when visiting the area. It is wheelchair friendly so can...More

Thank 1811027Scott
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for the review - much appreciated and so glad you enjoyed Ian's collection.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The British Car Museum is only open at weekends and is not easily found. This is NOT a professional museum, simply one man's 'backyard' collection, where nothing has been restored, just taken off the road and ramped up. Inside the smell of dust is over-powering...More

Thank RosieFifeGirl
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

This review is factually inaccurate - the collection is open for viewing 7 days a week but Ian advises visitors to call before travelling on weekdays as he operates the museum single-handed and occasionally needs to close briefly. As for "no effort at restoration" -...More

Reviewed 2 May 2017

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
Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It's all about perception; what you see as 'wrecks', Ian sees as precious examples of our motoring heritage that he has saved from obliteration by storing indoors pending their eventual restoration - yes, all the cars in Ian's collection are restorable. It may not happen...More

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 reviewResponded 12 April 2017

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

Reviewed 14 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 reviewResponded 16 March 2017

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

Reviewed 26 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 reviewResponded 28 February 2017

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 reviewResponded 15 February 2017

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 18 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

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2017

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

Reviewed 13 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 reviewResponded 15 January 2017

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

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Paul S, Public Relations Manager at British Car Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2017

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.

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