Na­tional Trans­port & Toy Mu­seum

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND -

Ger­ald Rhodes has a prob­lem. A col­lect­ing prob­lem. The fruits of his 50 years of happy hoard­ing (some 50,000 items – the South­ern Hemi­sphere’s largest pri­vate col­lec­tion) are on dis­play at the Na­tional Trans­port & Toy Mu­seum. Daugh­ter Deb­bie works at the mu­seum and says of her dad:

“He was al­ways a com­pul­sive collector. That’s when he was hap­pi­est. He loved to hag­gle. He didn’t know what hol­i­days were – he thought they were just op­por­tu­ni­ties to find more things.” Ger­ald lives in Christchurch and still ac­tively buys and re­stores ve­hi­cles and toys, but chose

Wanaka as the best place to dis­play his col­lec­tions due to its dry, ma­chin­ery-kind cli­mate.

Bring your dig­i­tally drenched kids here to stare un­com­pre­hend­ingly at the wind-up toys you­used to thrill to. 891 State High­way 6, (03) 443 8765, wanaka­trans­portand­toy­mu­seum. com

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