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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
Facebook iconInstagram iconTwitter icon


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


Facilities
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: 15-Aug-2018, 16-Aug-2018, 17-Aug-2018, 18-Aug-2018, 19-Aug-2018, 20-Aug-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: 15-Aug-2018, 16-Aug-2018, 17-Aug-2018, 18-Aug-2018, 19-Aug-2018, 20-Aug-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: 15-Aug-2018, 16-Aug-2018, 19-Aug-2018, 20-Aug-2018, 21-Aug-2018, 22-Aug-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: 15-Aug-2018, 16-Aug-2018, 17-Aug-2018, 18-Aug-2018, 19-Aug-2018, 20-Aug-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: 15-Aug-2018, 16-Aug-2018, 17-Aug-2018, 18-Aug-2018, 19-Aug-2018, 20-Aug-2018 View more sessions

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: 15-Aug-2018, 16-Aug-2018, 17-Aug-2018, 18-Aug-2018, 19-Aug-2018, 20-Aug-2018 View more sessions

MOTAT Movie Nights Cult Classics: Pulp Fiction

*Tickets to this evening have now sold out! It’s winter and the perfect time to rug up and enjoy some movie magic. After a successful run last year, MOTAT is bringing back its Movie Nights this August! MOTAT Movie ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 16-Aug-2018

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: 17-Aug-2018, 18-Aug-2018, 24-Aug-2018, 25-Aug-2018, 31-Aug-2018, 01-Sep-2018 View more sessions

Live Day: Rail

There is no better time to experience MOTAT than at one of our regular MOTAT Live Days! Watch MOTAT's operational collection come to life every third Sunday of the month. From 10am - 4pm there is a great range of family ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 18-Aug-2018

Learn to Code@MOTAT

Learn to Code@ 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: 21-Aug-2018, 28-Aug-2018, 04-Sep-2018, 11-Sep-2018, 18-Sep-2018, 25-Sep-2018 View more sessions

Robotics

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: 15-Aug-2018, 22-Aug-2018, 29-Aug-2018, 05-Sep-2018, 12-Sep-2018, 19-Sep-2018 View more sessions

MOTAT Bear Hunt

It’s time to explore like never before at the MOTAT Bear Hunt! Search the Museum high and low this August to see if you can find the super-secret hiding spots of MOTAT’s special bears. There are five tucked away ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 25-Aug-2018

Wild Wheels for Father’s Day

Time to rev up the engines to celebrate Dad this Father's Day. MOTAT is holding a fun-filled event for the entire family. Featuring vintage and unique vehicle displays from Auckland based car and Motor Bike clubs along ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 01-Sep-2018

WTF?!

Warning! Not a family friendly night at the museum Brace yourself for an evening of unconventional entertainment this September at MOTAT’s latest event, WTF?! Featuring a variety of entertainment, displays, and ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 08-Sep-2018

Live Day: Village

There is no better time to experience MOTAT than at one of the Museum’s regular Live Days. See MOTAT's operational collection come to life every third Sunday of the month with a great range of family activities ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 15-Sep-2018

Bubble Weekend

It’s that time of year again, time to blow bubbles and explore the science behind the floating balls of soap! Bubble Weekend at MOTAT is back and better than ever. Science in a Van will be hosting four special shows ...

Region:Western Springs
Dates: 21-Sep-2018, 22-Sep-2018

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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?; 14-4800New Zealand Flying School Photograph Album; L A P Sherriff; 1917-1918; 04/077/102Black 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; Arthur Morris; 1916-1918; 04/077/103NAC Operation Pegasus; Mannering and Associates Limited; 29 Jul 1964; 08/117/1974

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