The Packard & Pioneer Museum

Maungatapere, Northland, NZ

For a quick overview, checkout this 5 minute youtube clip we made about the main museum

This comprehensive automotive and engineering museum also houses what is reportedly the World’s Largest Packard collection, assembled by a single collector.

Until recently, the Packard and Pioneer Museum was open by appointment only - Northland’s best kept secret and is a "must see to be believed" (genuine visitors quote). Previously, only specialist car clubs knew what lay behind her doors, but now, as of April 2012, at last all that is changing. She will become Northland’s brightest star on the world map.

Housed in the old Dairy Factory on State Highway 14 at Maungatapere, 12km from Whangarei CBD, she is finally being readied for the public by a small band of dedicated volunteers. Your visits help this museum get its collective motor going, and keeps it running!

This Charitable Trust encompasses a vast collection of vintage cars and vehicles, 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
  • Significant aero engines dating back to the 1930s
  • Horse drawn vehicles (including buggies and a Royal Mail coach)
  • Allis-Chalmers and Caterpillar bulldozers
  • Buses and commercial vehicles
  • Early NZ earthmoving machines and tractors
  • Stationary engines
  • Early motorized lawn mowers
  • Vintage telephones and typewriters
  • Sewing machines
  • A collection of saws, and early agricultural implements
  • Cast iron stoves
  • Vintage toys and working steam models
  • Military uniforms going back to the 1850's

 and a fabulous range of early colonial domestic items  and paraphernalia.

This museum is a haven for all of you who ever had fond memories of adventures in vehicles of any sort, and who love to see and experience the nuts and bolts engineering.  

We aim to get as many machines of all sorts going as possible, document them, and let them teach the current generation the secrets and elegance of a finely tuned motor. This museum is a collective memory, our heritage, and one from which we can draw endless inspiration for creativity in the present. It represents a connection with the past, items that have survived the test of time and are taken care of for future generations.