I love cars. I love to drive. I love the smell and the sound of cars racing on a circuit and the roar of a Spitfire buzzing an airfield. I know I’m not alone. Whether you are into Veteran, Vintage, Hot Rod, Rat Rod, Classic, Modern, European, American, British or Australian cars, New Zealand is a treasure trove of remarkable vehicles. Some are on display in museums around the country, some are driven regularly and many are tucked away in private garages – waiting to be shown off on special occasions.
If you are a gear head, rev head, boy racer, gentleman racer, collector, driver or enthusiast, you really need to consider a trip to New Zealand to experience some of the incredible machinery we have to offer. It’s not just the cars, we also have a thriving Warbirds and vintage aviation scene with regular shows and many world class museums. We have truck & transport museums and motorcycle collections – oh, we also have the Earnslaw!
In this post I’m going to list some of the key destinations that any serious car/transport enthusiast should include in their trip to New Zealand.
As part of a tour to New Zealand, you could visit any or all of the destinations mentioned below. It’s a great way to bring focus to an already stunning drive through one of the most wildly beautiful countries in the world. If you time it right, you could tie your trip in with one of a multitude of classic motorsport, car or aviation events that take place around the country.
Here are 9 of the best Automotive and Aviation destinations in New Zealand.