MOTAT Live Rail Day


MOTAT, the Auckland Museum of Transport and Technology is New Zealand’s largest transport, technology and social history museum. Spread across 40 acres, MOTAT will take your family on an interactive day out to explore and discover the achievements that have helped shape New Zealand. 


There are lots of permanent and changing family friendly exhibitions at MOTAT. Your admission includes entry to all of these exhibitions:

  • Award winning aviation collection of recreational, top dressing, commercial and military aircraft that celebrates the evolution of New Zealand aviation since 1911. The Aviation Display Hall is located at MOTAT Meola Road.

  • MOTOTS a toddler friendly zone for young visitors.

  • Get Smart – NZ Wired in the Digital World an interactive exhibition showcasing the evolution of household technology.

  • New Zealand model railway displays 

  • The Innovators exhibition which celebrate the process and achievements of innovation. Experience the stories of Peter Beck from Rocket Lab, Paul Barron from Woolight, Keith Alexander from Springfree Trampoline and more kiwi innovators.

  • Accelerate: Driving New Zealand delves into the past, present and future of New Zealand’s relationship with vehicles.

  • Riding for Change pop up exhibition dedicated to the trailblazers, innovators and technologies that supported women having the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

  • Machine Makers is a temporary exhibition which showcases the fundamentals of engineering by examining the six simple machines – the building blocks for more complex inventions.
    Read about an Auckland families visit to the Machine Makers exhibition here.


MOTAT has lots of family friendly activities and experiences for kids to enjoy:


Weekend experiences

On the weekends MOTAT has activities to keep families with children entertained.

There are Live Days on the Third Sunday of every month from 10am to 3pm where MOTAT’s operational collection comes to life.

The Print Shop is open every Sunday too and you can see the printing presses in action.

Inside a zorb sphere

School holiday experiences

MOTAT has different holiday activities for children to experience each school holiday period. Find out what holiday experiences are on at MOTAT here

MOTAT tank

Workshop Open Days

MOTAT also has workshop open days, where the kids (and adults) can see passionate staff and volunteers hold talks and torus of the workshop facilities. There are Road Transport workshops, Telecommunication workshops, Tram Workshops and Military workshops. Find out more about workshops at MOTAT here.

Christmas Lights at MOTAT

Annual events

MOTAT also has lots of seasonal events on each year for families. 

Such as Night Lights, STEAM Girls, OMG Tech, Christmas Lights, Slime weekends, The Great MOTAT Bear Hunt, Bubble weekend, Wild Wheels, Pasifika Vibes, Hallwoeen events and more. Find our what events are on at more here.


Phone: 0800 668 2869

Opening hours

The MOTAT Great North Rod and Meola Road sites are open daily from 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week. The last entry is permitted into the museum at 4:30pm .

MOTAT is open on all public holidays, except Christmas Day and closes for one weekend in March for the annual Pasifika Festival. 

Address and parking

MOTAT has two sites, one at MOTAT Great North Road and another at MOTAT Meola Road. The multi-award winning Aviation Display Hall is located at MOTAT Meola Road.

You can start your experience at either with each site accessible by car, taxi and public transport.

Included as part of standard MOTAT admission, the Western Springs Tram service is a fantastic way to experience a historical tram ride between the two sites and passes the idyllic Western Springs Park and Auckland Zoo.

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