National Transport & Toy Museum
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