I’ve seen a few collections of toys in New Zealand but The Toy Collector in Christchurch is the first to have me tapping at my keyboard. I wasn’t a model railway fan before visiting, but the train sets are fantastic, one is a LEGO city including houses, shops, a soccer pitch, and an airport.
The other model train set has a lot of detail too, I spent ages looking at all the individual pieces.
Along with the train sets is a life long collection of matchbox cars and a shiny selection of diecast Holdens and Jaguars.
There are also collections of Superheros and Star Wars, collectibles from the movie Cars, and All Blacks memorabilia.
Cost to visit – $10 adults, children under 14 – $5.
PS. The owner is really nice, he’s keen to chat about toy collecting, unfortunately as a non collector I couldn’t oblige, however if you’re a collector call in and say hello. And if you have a much loved collection of toys that needs a new home, I doubt it could find a better one.