MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology) - Auckland
Inspiring and comprehensive story of New Zealand's transport, social and technology history, incorporating a state of the art Aviation Display Hall and plenty of interactivity for all the family.
The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) was established nearly 50 years ago in the Western Springs area of Auckland, around the old Pumphouse and its impressive Beam Engine. Here you'll find everything from early trams, trains, cars, buses, and emergency service vehicles, and you can also explore a recreation of an old colonial village, with quaint little shops and a blacksmith's forge.
See how New Zealanders used to live, and track the wealth of technological and social changes in the country's everyday history, from basic equipment like bellows and iron tongs, to early washing machines and blenders. And in today's social networking-obsessed world, MOTAT gives you an interactive chance to see how previous generations would have communicated, from the earliest semaphore methods, to the dawn of the mobile phone.
When you've exhausted the MOTAT 1 site, hop on one of the vintage trams over to MOTAT 2 at Meola Road near Auckland Zoo, and admire the multi-million dollar, award-winning Aviation Display Hall. Opened in 2011, the hall houses a unique collection of aircraft (the largest collection in Australasia) from the Royal New Zealand Air Force, together with a variety of attractive civil planes.
The military section will take you back in time to World War II, with its restored trucks and tanks, whilst the 1km working railway shows off a range of wagons and locomotives. One of the highlights of MOTAT 2 is the Solent Mark IV Flying Boat (the only one in the world), and don't forget to seek out the majestic Avro Lancaster bomber, and try and imagine the thrill of sitting in the cockpit, awaiting orders to take off into battle.
Kids are well catered for here, with some excellent activities to get the whole family involved, including "I Spy" treasure hunts, interactive science and technology zone and the Tactile Dome, where your little explorers have to find their way out of a series of dark tunnels, using touch and a great sense of direction! With many more hands-on exhibits, a cafe and ice cream parlour, and an ever-changing schedule of events, the Museum of Transport and Technology promises to be an exhilarating day out for all the family.
Adults: $16, Child (under 16): $8
Students with ID: $8
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children): $40
Children (under 5 years) Free entry
Admission price includes entry to both MOTAT sites as well as a free tram ride.
Monday to Sunday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Open 7 Days except Christmas Day.
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