Famous Around the World in New Zealand: The Vintage Matthews Collection from Doubtless Bay

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Inside a huge hangar, a short distance from the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, is the result of a half-century obsession with the machines of yesteryear.

This means more than just cars, although they naturally take pride of place, as well as farm vehicles like a herd of bright red, 1920s Farmall tractors, a horse-drawn convertible, motorcycles and a fire engine from the 1920s. 1925. Here you will also find vintage pianolas, polishers, irons, telephones, typewriters, gramophones, pots and soda siphons. There is a dentist’s chair and drill, a line of stuffed birds, a selection of antique radios, big cash registers, gardening equipment, a shoe-making machine, and a wide variety of tools used in the shops. kitchens, workshops and in the gum fields.

Owner Win Matthews started the collection with a 1927 Chevrolet he bought in 1965 and restored to perfection. Since then he has rescued machines of all kinds, some reduced to mere piles of rusty metal, and brought it back to life.

The exhibition includes items from the pioneer era, as well as early agricultural equipment such as stationary engines and several brands of tractors; but cars are the stars. There are Chevrolets, Nashs, a glamorous red Singer Roadster, a cute little powder blue BMW bubble car and many more lined up, loved and shiny in the hangar.

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Pamela wade

Cars and farm implements dominate the Matthews Vintage collection.

Why go?

Because you’ve never seen a pair of ladies’ bloomers made from a sack of flour before. Or, probably, a 1945 electric invalid car. Everywhere you look there’s something recognizable, the ancestor of today’s smaller, sleeker versions, and often familiar from the visitor’s personal past. .

A number of exhibits were used by the Matthews family, who have lived in the area for generations; and Win, if he’s not busy in his workshop on the next project, is happy to talk about it and demonstrate the pianolas.

Look closely and you'll find all kinds of treasures at Matthews Vintage Collection.

Pamela wade

Look closely and you’ll find all kinds of treasures at Matthews Vintage Collection.

Insider tip

Be sure to step outside to meet a selection of friendly birds and farm animals. Children will find toy cars there to play. You can also buy cold drinks and ice cream.

On the way / nearby

The long and glorious sandy curve of Doubtless Bay is nearby, and Cable Bay and Coopers Beach are also worth a visit. It’s a cliché, but for good reason, to visit Mangonui Fish Shop, perched on stilts above the water. Their fish and chips are fresh and delicious, and you can’t eat them better inside, by the window, watching all the boats moored in the bay. Or, since you just looked at all that gum digging gear, you could head the other way to Gumdiggers Park near Waiharara.

Mangonui Fish Shop's fish and chips are fresh and delicious, and you can't eat them better inside, by the window, with a view of all the boats moored in the bay.

David Kirkland

Mangonui Fish Shop’s fish and chips are fresh and delicious, and you can’t eat them better inside, by the window, with a view of all the boats moored in the bay.

How much?

Adults $ 10, children $ 5, free for children under 5. The museum is open every day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., except Saturdays. Winter hours (May-November) are shorter – contact the museum to check.

This little bubble car is perhaps the cutest in the collection.

Pamela wade

This little bubble car is perhaps the cutest in the collection.

Best time to go

Since everything is indoors, it’s a great option for a rainy day – but don’t miss out on a sunny day.

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