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Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

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MOTAT is the largest museum of its kind in New Zealand and promises a fun, interactive and educational experience for both young and old. Learn about New Zealand’s transport and technological developments over the centuries and visit the award-winning Aviation Display Hall where you can see some truly iconic military and civil aircraft. Get hands-on with our science and technology exhibitions or check out the showcases displayed by some of New Zealand’s most prominent innovators. If history is more your thing, visit the original Pumphouse, wander through our historic village or attend one of our Live Days where our vintage engines are put to steam and MOTAT comes to life!
Located across two sites, take the vintage tram past beautiful Western Springs park.

Also offering great facilities and unique venue spaces for your next event, function, wedding or product launch; MOTAT is a special place held in Aucklander’s hearts, so add the MOTAT magic into your next event or function!
Visit www.motat.org.nz or email enquiries@motat.org.nz for details.

Collection Type
Historic Site, History, Open Air, Science, Technology, Military, Transport

Contact Details
Postal address iconP O Box 44-114, Point Chevalier, Auckland
Telephone number icon64-9 8155 800 or 0800 MOTATNZ (0800 668 2869)
Web address iconhttp://www.motat.org.nz
Email address iconenquiries@motat.org.nz
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Visitor Information
Physical address icon805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland 1246, New Zealand
Hours of operation iconDaily 10am-5pm Closed Christmas Day
Charges iconAdults $19 Children (5-16 years) $10 Student with ID $10 Overseas Senior Citizen $10 Family Pass $45 Under 5s FREE SuperGold Card Holders FREE

Wheelchair accessCafeReference LibraryParkingShopFunction SpacePublic ProgrammesMembership ClubToilets


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The Innovators

The Innovators is an exhibition which celebrates not only the achievements but the entire process of innovation, from conceptualisation to creation and explores the learning from setbacks overcome along the way. Here ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 19-Jun-2018, 20-Jun-2018, 21-Jun-2018, 22-Jun-2018, 23-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018 View more sessions

Get Smart - NZ Wired In the Digital World

Kia Atamai - Aotearoa Mamati. Have you ever found yourself marvelling at the rapid advancements of technology and connectivity in the world around you? Then be prepared to be enthralled by this interactive exhibition, ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 19-Jun-2018, 20-Jun-2018, 21-Jun-2018, 22-Jun-2018, 23-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018 View more sessions

Scanning the Skies Exhibition

Explore our nation’s aviation history through the lens of New Zealand’s pioneering aviation photography studios with Scanning the Skies. Scanning the Skies contains framed and digital images from the Whites ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 19-Jun-2018, 20-Jun-2018, 21-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 26-Jun-2018 View more sessions

Simply Machines Exhibition

In the spirit of New Zealand’s proud history of innovation and ingenuity, Simply Machines introduces visitors to the key principles and concepts that are the building blocks of larger and more complex machines. ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 19-Jun-2018, 20-Jun-2018, 21-Jun-2018, 22-Jun-2018, 23-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018 View more sessions

Robotics at MOTAT

Learn to program and control robots with MOTAT’s after school Robotics Club, every Wednesday throughout Term 2. The club works with VEX IQ Robotics kits, an ideal platform to introduce kids to robotics, and the ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 20-Jun-2018, 27-Jun-2018, 04-Jul-2018

Accelerate: Driving New Zealand

Revved up, fully charged, and challenging the status quo! MOTAT’s latest exhibition, Accelerate: Driving New Zealand, delves into the past, present and future of New Zealand’s relationship with vehicles. Opening ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 21-Jun-2018, 22-Jun-2018, 23-Jun-2018, 24-Jun-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 26-Jun-2018 View more sessions

Weekends of Imagination

What is Weekends of Imagination? At MOTAT we’re all about hands-on learning, that’s why every weekend we are offering interactive activities that aim to inspire your imagination! With themes that change every ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 22-Jun-2018, 23-Jun-2018, 29-Jun-2018, 30-Jun-2018, 06-Jul-2018, 07-Jul-2018 View more sessions

Accelerate Family Day

MOTAT's putting on a fun-filled day of vehicle-themed activities, displays, and performances to celebrate the new exhibition - Accelerate: Driving New Zealand. Get creative with car craft activities, face painting, a ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 22-Jun-2018

Coding with NAO

Would you like to learn how to program a totally cool humanoid robot? This term at Code at MOTAT, youngsters will be learning how to program NAO - the world’s leading humanoid robot for education, healthcare, and ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 26-Jun-2018, 03-Jul-2018

Learn to Code

Learn to Code at MOTAT will be focusing on Python coding this term. If you have learned all you can about Scratch block coding and want to progress onto writing your own code this is a great club for you. Code Club is a ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 26-Jun-2018, 03-Jul-2018

SkillTree - Harvesting Tool Workshop

Flex your creative muscles and learn the tricks of the trade at a two-day prop design course with collaborative learning specialists, SkillTreeNZ. MOTAT is delighted to welcome the Hamilton-based company back to the ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 29-Jun-2018, 30-Jun-2018

Science Roadshow

Celebrating thirty years of science on the roads of New Zealand, the Science Roadshow is making a stop at MOTAT this July. These school holidays will be chock-full of hands-on science experiments, activities and live ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 06-Jul-2018, 07-Jul-2018, 08-Jul-2018, 09-Jul-2018, 10-Jul-2018, 11-Jul-2018 View more sessions

The Vocoder

The Vocoder module explores voice changing technology through digital and analogue mediums. Youngsters can experiment by speaking to each other through a tangle of coloured pipes, using the dial to alter the sound ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 06-Jul-2018, 07-Jul-2018, 08-Jul-2018, 09-Jul-2018, 10-Jul-2018, 11-Jul-2018 View more sessions

The Mind Lab by Unitec School Holiday Workshops

The Mind Lab by Unitec offers a range of full-day school holiday camps for your 7-12-year-old, all of which nurture that boundless, unwavering curiosity of theirs! Whether it’s their first session or their fiftieth, ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 08-Jul-2018, 09-Jul-2018, 10-Jul-2018, 11-Jul-2018, 12-Jul-2018, 15-Jul-2018 View more sessions

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[Cocktail guide] Discover..the 'Spirit of the South Pacific'; Tasman Empire Airways Limited; 04/070/089Photograph album containing photographs of the Walsh Brothers Flying School, including planes and pilots, some named; A. G. Taylor; 1918; 04/071/088Autograph album belonging to Veronica A. Walsh, sister of Leo and Vivian, containing some photographs of Walsh Brothers Flying School pilots and their signatures; Veronica A. Walsh; 1917-1918; 04...Airlines of New Zealand; Unidentified; 12/006/001Scrapbook of Jean Batten letters and newspaper clippings; 1930s; 05/168/001
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Pilot's Licence; New Zealand. Air Board; 1922; 04/077/127Royal Air Force Cadet Wing booklet; New Zealand Flying School (New Zealand, estab. Circa 1912); [1916]; 04/077/158Aero Club rules; Royal New Zealand Aero Club Incorporated; 1911; 04/077/188Aircraft Engineer's Certificate; New Zealand. Air Department; 1947; 04/077/128C.K. Mills Collection: Greeting Card; Unidentified; 1915-1916; 14/004/016
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Photograph of Blue Streak railcar; Les Downey; 1985?; 14-4800Black and white photograph of parcels being loaded onto a Supermarine Channel flying boat  of the Walsh Brothers Flying School for delivery of the NZ Herald containing election results of 1922; 1...New Zealand Flying School Photograph Album; L A P Sherriff; 1917-1918; 04/077/102New Zealand Flying School Photograph Album; Arthur Morris; 1916-1918; 04/077/103Seedlings and trees 23 July 1958; Ron Vine; 1958; 10/012/006

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