Opening times and tours

Summer Hours

01 December to March 31

Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm


Open: Tuesday during summer hours, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Sundays for large groups ( 20+ ) Please ring the museum to discuss times etc.
Entrance: $25 adult, $10 per child. Family $60  Eftpos or cash, no credit cards.
Allow: 2 hours – Please arrive before 2 pm.


We advise you to wear comfortable footwear.

Bring your camera to capture photos of your favourite pieces in the collection.


Most of the museum is pushchair and wheelchair accessible, but there are some areas only accessible via stairs.

A wheelchair is available – please ask for assistance if needed.


Plenty of parking is available at the museum. Be sure to visit our gift shop.

Donations & Sponsorship

Without you this collection could not be preserved

for future generations…


We rely on donations to support the museum and any contributions recieved are greatly
appreciated. If you would like to make a donation to the Packard and Pioneer Museum
please do so via direct debit. Our account details are as follows:

The Anawhata Museum Charitable Trust

Reference as ‘donation’

The Anawhata Museum is the old name of the museum as that was where it was originally located. The name was later changed to the Packard and Pioneer Museum

Please email [email protected] if you have made a donation so we can acknowledge your contribution

Don’t forget to support our wonderful sponsors

This museum only has a chance for survival because you, the public, and the following local businesses and organisations have come in behind it. Taking an amazing hidden collection of this breadth, and successfully turning it into a destination and educational resource for the whole of Northland and New Zealand is no mean feat.

A huge amount of voluntary labour and resources have enabled us to get where we are currently. We are so grateful for those businesses who simply put their hands up and said, “How can we help?” Some businesses have donated specific items, or labour. Others donate on a regular basis to our volunteer budget, allowing us to reimburse the petrol costs of our volunteers coming in every week to polish and repair and build, organise and clean to improve the presentation of the exhibits.

Huge thanks to the Sponsors and Suppliers listed below, who in some way have helped the collection on its journey;

Pub Charities Commission
Oxford Sports Trust
Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS)
Foundation North
Creative Northland
New Zealand Community Trust
Tony Gorden Panelbeaters
Bunnings Warehouse
Wynn Fraser Paints
Atlas Cranes
Brian Craig Engineering
Normans Buses
Jonzone Signage 
Online Designs
Phil Durham Electrical                                               

The Office Café 
Jeff Oliver Print  
Auto North
Ecosse Business Systems
BBS Timber
Volunteering Whangarei
Coffee News
 We are also working closely with other museums, providing items for loans for exhbitions and special events, and working together to promote Whangarei and Northalnd as a top tourist destination.

The Volunteers

The Volunteers

If you’re interested in becoming part of our team, please get in touch through our contact page.

Our dedicated team of volunteers play an essential role in the museum. Some work on restoration projects, others help with research or train as voluntary tour guides. Several volunteers are responsible for keeping the cars tidy and polished, a huge task!

There is a social side to volunteering at the museum too. Like-minded people meet and share their knowledge and experiences. Skills are kept honed after retirement, and there is always something to do. We hold several social events each year to show our appreciation for the work and dedication of the team.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer simply use our contact form on the website. Just a few spare hours a week is a great help to the museum, and we are sure to be able to put the skills you bring to good use.

Our volunteers bring the Garrett Traction Engine back to life…



Military vehicles and equipment from many theatres of war. . .

From the Land Wars to the Vietnam era, the collection includes a huge variety of vehicles, ordnance and equipment. We have US army trucks, a Jeep, a Damlier Ferrett Scout Car, and military motorcycles used in WWII, including the light-weight Royal Enfield Flying Flea dropped by parachute behind the lines. Land Rovers include series 1 and 2, plus the rarer forward control Land Rover.

On display are engines used for both marine and aeronautical use, including a rare Packard/Merlin Mustang engine, the 12-cylinder Napier Lion engine (“w” configuration) a 1932 Lycoming radial engine and the Gypsy Moth engine used in the Tiger Moth.

The ordnance includes a WWI 4.5″ Howitzer, black powder cannons used for signalling, and a naval gun turret from the HMNZS Achilles. The WWI Howitzer and Achilles gun turret are both undergoing preservation at the moment.

Also in the collection, and to be displayed when we can get funding for appropriate glass cases, are some extremely rare and delicate old Military uniforms and equipment.

Click here to view the HMNZS-Achilles-4-B-Gun-Turret

Click here to view the WW1 4.5″ Howitzer


Classic , Vintage and Veteran motorcycle heaven…

With over 63 classic and vintage motorcycles, this part of the collection is enough to make the motorcycle-enthusiast drool.

Our oldest bike, the 1904 Peugot racer was named Best Veteran in the 2012 Classic Motorcycle show in Auckland. The 1904 Peugot has no brakes or clutch, an engine identical to this (but in a Norton frame) won the very first Isle of Man TT Motorcycle race in 1907 in the multi cylinder class. The winning rider was Rem Fowler, and the race full of adventure.

The collection includes most of the famous makes; Norton, Rudge, Brough Superior, Triumph, Ariel, BSA, Sunbeam, Peugeot, Royal Enfield, Vincent, Harley, Indian, Levis, Coventry Eagle, Connaught and 12 Velocettes .

Most of them are in a fully restored condition.

We also have a few early push-bikes, and military bikes dropped by parachute behind the lines in WWII (Wellbike).

Other Classic Vehicles

Classic vehicles of all types from European and American cars and trucks, to buses, a charabanc, mail coach and even a small restored steam train!

Its not all Packards (only 54). Other classic cars and vehicles make up the collection of approx 350 vehicles. The range is huge, and many are in restored condition.

Domestic Items

No matter what your interest we are bound to have something for you here…

Graeme collected anything that resulted from the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Many domestic items that had changed the way people lived caught his eye…

The collection includes;

  • saws and early chain-saws
  • telephones
  • Early vacuum cleaners
  • toy cars from the 1920’s
  • vintage radio collection
  • early sewing machines
  • money box collection
  • NZ uniforms from 1850 – 1945
  • goat and dog carts
  • lantern projector (1890) + early French slide viewer
  • Rifles, flintlock pistols, machine guns, bayonets and swords
  • cast iron stoves
  • early carpenters’ tools
  • early saddlers’ and leather tools
  • steam models (static)
  • too many other items to list

Stationary Engines

Over 100 stationary engines

Some are quite rare, mainly the older one-off handbuilt ones. We are presently sorting out the stationary engines. They are mainly in one area but are to be found also in the huge back shed.

Steam & Traction

In our collection there is 4 Traction Engines :




and a John Fowler.


We also have a restored Dubs 0-4-0 Steam Engine built in 1873

There is :

  • a restored engineers railway jigger from 1895
  • a motorised jigger
  • large steam engine headlights
  • platform furniture including 3 baggage trollies

Fenton tells me there is another engine in bits lying around somewhere


Early tractors, earthmovers and agricultural machines…

Graeme Craw, the collector, was a contractor building some of Auckland’s important roads in the 1950s, including the northern approach to the Harbour Bridge, and Scenic Drive. Consequently, he amassed a large amount of earthmoving equipment, and developed a great appreciation for the early earthmovers that literally shaped the face of New Zealand with the Kauri Industry.

We have early tractors, 1909 Fitch Four Drive, a range of Allis Chalmers, Caterpillar, Farmall, Fowler, International Harvester, Case, Ferguson, Fiat, Aveling & Porter and many rare, unique bulldozers

Many are unrestored.

We also have scoops and graders from every period, some made in NZ (Thames, Christchurch), others being the only known surviving model of a certain type.


52 Packards, the largest private collection in Australasia

The collection focuses on the Packard motorcar, a personal favourite of the collector Graeme Craw, for their precision engineering, and beauty. While working at Dominion Motors, Auckland – the Packard agents for NZ – he became enthused with their high quality and suitability for early NZ roads. New Zealand also had an abundance of them as they were one of the few makes of car tough enough to stand up to the conditions of our roads in the first part of the 20th century. They were known as the “Rolls Royce” of the American car industry, and were the car of choice by politicians and celebrities, who often ordered custom changes.

We have many cars with stories, and are in the process of collating all this information.

The Journey

The Journey

The largest private collection of Packard Motorcars in Australasia

This collection began back in the early 1950’s on a farm at Anawhata, Piha. Collector extraordinaire, farmer and roading contractor, Graeme Craw, had a strong interest in the Industrial Revolution and it’s effects on both industry and every-day life. He aimed to preserve the history and machines of the revolution which took place during the 18th and 19th centuries. He had a deep appreciation of the ruggedness of early colonial New Zealand and the machines that literally shaped our country. His farm at Anawhata, Piha, included an early bush railway which ferried huge Kauri logs to the sawmills.

Graeme, being a rugged individual, recognized the same characteristic in Packard automobiles as they were one of the few cars of the time that were able to withstand the conditions of early New Zealand roads. Testament to that was his first Packard, Graeme gave the car a quick check over and was able to make the journey all the way to Anawhata with 13 sheep in the back! It was the beginning of a love-affair with Packards, laying the foundation for a collection of over 50 Packards, covering most models from 1919 to 1958 when Packard finally ceased production.

The collection moved to the old Montana Winery in the Waitakere Hills.
Then on to it’s current location in the old Maungatapere Dairy factory, a move that took over 3 years.
At this time the collection was only open by appointment .
Sadly in 2007, Graeme passed away after a long illness .
After his passing, the family decide to open the collection to the public as a Musuem as this had been one of Graemes intentions.
The muesum now is open to the public

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