Upper South Island and the West Coast Sights

World of WearableArt & Classic Car Museum (WOW)

  • Cadillac Way off Quarantine Rd. Map It
  • Nelson
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

Wacky and wonderful, this museum displays garments from the World of WearableArt Awards Show, an event pioneered in Nelson but now presented in Wellington and exhibiting entries from designers worldwide. Art designed to be worn is best understood when facing moving mannequins in inventive ensembles. Imagine brightly colored, hand-painted silks draped into a giant winged headdress. Or papier-mâché fashioned into dramatic body suits, and glittering oceanic creations in the colors of paua shells. The elaborate sets, sound, and psychedelic lighting make this gallery a must-see. Exhibits change every six months. An adjoining gallery exhibits a superb collection of classic cars, New Zealand's largest, ranging from a pink Cadillac to E-type Jaguar to Aston Martin and more. They just don't make them like this anymore. Even if you're not a petrol head, not even a fan of cars, these sleek, shiny models will impress. An optional extra is the "Classic Collection"—an additional 70 classic cars parked out back because there simply isn't room for them all in the main gallery. At first the guys head for the cars, the women to the wearable art—then they'll surprise themselves by getting a huge kick out of both exhibitions.

Sight Information


Cadillac Way off Quarantine Rd., Annesbrook, Nelson, Nelson, 7011, New Zealand

Map It



Sight Details:

  • NZ$24

Published 08/30/2016


Book A Trip



  • CARS

Map View

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in Upper South Island and the West Coast