MOTAT - Museum of Transport and Technology

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MOTAT - Museum of Transport and Technology

MOTAT - Museum of Transport and Technology
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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With changing exhibitions and school holiday experiences, unique events and live activities, MOTAT is a great place to explore, discover and spark imaginations. MOTAT has a broad collection showcasing technology and ingenuity of Aotearoa New Zealand. Loved by families and an intergenerational experience, there is something for all to enjoy. Experience past, present and future technology and ingenuity through interactive exhibitions, see the original Pumphouse, stroll through the historic village and enjoy a ride on a heritage tram. Our Aviation Hall houses one of the largest aviation collections in the Southern Hemisphere. MOTAT is known as one of Auckland’s best value attractions. A Family pass is just $45 for two adults and up to 4 children aged 5-15 years. Under 5s enter for free. Entry to both our museum spaces is included in your ticket purchase and our free heritage tram service transports you between the two. Go to MOTAT.NZ to find out what’s on and help to plan your visit.
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Kiwiintheus
Levin, New Zealand185 contributions
Apr 2022
I thought there would be more to it than what is there - it was almost disappointing. There wasn't much that was interactive.
Written 22 May 2022
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LemonadeAndIce
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Friends
Really disappointed that half is closed including the aviation display. What is there is pretty disappointing. The science exhibition is extremely boring
Written 20 April 2022
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MurrayL
Christchurch, New Zealand59 contributions
Mar 2022
It's over fifty years since we last visited this attraction and were a little disappointed that not much had changed over the years. Everything was well-presented, the staff were helpful and welcoming, and the café was okay considering the current Covid situation. It was clean and well-spaced out, but the menu was pretty limited. Some exhibits were closed, so the tram ride was cut short.
Written 14 March 2022
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Peter R
Auckland, New Zealand13 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
Today was a very sad day. I visited MOTAT with my boys hoping to relive the Fantastic visits from my childhood and when the boys were young. What a disappointment . All the main exhibits have been removed…no Steam Trains! No vintage shops! The cottages are all locked and empty. No prisoner in the jail cell! No model trains (poor old Merv Smith would be sad), very few cars, almost no tractors, and the aviation section is closed for renovation! I hope they aren’t destroying that section like they have the main site. $48 to see two things of interest, the steam engine in the water works and Bruce Mclarens formula 1 car. Otherwise a huge disappointment. Avoid like the plague. I think Auckland City must be deliberately running down so it can close it and redevelop the site.
Written 26 February 2022
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Robyn W
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May 2021
Motat excels as a cross generational interactive outing and Live Steam Day was no exception. To hear 'Rough Town' performing live in the aircraft hanger was a real highlight as was seeing the Avenger folding and unfolding its wings and taking a ride on the steam train around to climb aboard an old US Army truck. The volunteers and staff are fountains of knowledge and it is one place where children and adults alike are always greeted and encouraged to get involved and experience a slice of social and technological history, as well as exploring "the Future".... another awesome Motat experience.
Written 15 May 2021
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Rani Timoti
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Apr 2021
Following a long break of a decade from my last visit, it was exciting and refreshing to see so many interactive activities for all ages!
My whanau of all ages had fun spending most of the day visiting all the exhibitions and areas of interest as well as taking the tram and Little Flick ride.
Every single person was friendly and super helpful from the time we entered to the impressive tram conductors and staff saying goodbye.
Poignant moments included our mum, in her 70s, reflecting on her time in the schoolhouse including how she used inkwells and in the telephone area as a telephone operator and some of the experiences she remembered.
I love local history so enjoyed chatting to staff about different aspects as well as reading the relevant information.
Poor mum was zonked after all our walking (sometimes running to catch the tram or beat my niece to the next exhibit) but there were plenty of chairs for her to rest while waiting for us.
We were fortunate to visit before the school holidays- so basically experienced everything at our own pace.
Glad to finally get time to make the most of MOTAT- definitely won't leave it for another 10 years or more of my stuff will be exhibited there!
Written 17 April 2021
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We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review of your experience. We hope you visit again soon.
Written 13 May 2021
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Schalk
Auckland, New Zealand234 contributions
Mar 2021
We went to MOTAT on the last day of Auckland's Level-2 lockdown due to Covid-19.

While all other public transport in Auckland was operating, requiring people to wear masks, the tram service between the two sites was not operating.

Another disappointment was that the café on the premises also had very limited choice ... AND we had to eat without cutlery.

While there were some interesting halls, the majority of things provided nothing for me that justified anything more than a quick walk-by. So, their suggestion of a 2.5 - 3-hour stay was more like 1.5 hours for me.

For me, MOTAT is one of those "been-there-seen-that" places.
Written 20 March 2021
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Thanks for taking the time to give your feedback. We are sorry your experience was not as positive as we would like. Your feedback will be taken on board and passed on where appropriate. We don't operate our trams under Level 2 restrictions. This is to keep our visitors and the MOTAT Team safe during a period of heightened risk.
Written 13 May 2021
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Honest_Backpacker
Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
MOTAT has so much potential but needs a well
thought out refurb. For starters the entrance needs to be more of a landmark so people know where to enter, especially out of towners. The children’s playground is old and has no shade. It isn’t clear how to make your way around the site.

There are some really interesting displays/buildings but each display needs to be interesting for all age groups including under 2’s. Imagine how many mums with babies/young children would come on weekdays if there was more to do!! E.g. the fire engine display is very cool but that room needs something for all age groups, something the kiddies can climb on, buttons to press that make sounds etc. so that the adults can read the displays whilst the kids are kept busy.

More activities and things you can interact with are desperately needed. I remember when I was a child that there were a lot more things you could touch and things to do. There were magic plasma balls that young children would love to touch and Spirographs where you could create your own drawings. It got me excited about science and technology. There are a whole heap of ideas just like this that could be implemented fairly cheaply. I’m guessing that MOTAT relies on public funding. Gosh I have so many ideas but don’t want to go on forever! I noticed that there isn’t anywhere on the MOTAT website where you can make direct contact with your feedback?! Surely they would want to hear people’s ideas so they could make improvements?

The tram ride was definitely the highlight and worth the admission price.

I would hate to see MOTAT close. I really hope they can make some much needed changes to keep people wanting to come back.
Written 27 December 2020
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Thanks for your feedback. Our visitors are important to us, and we are always looking at how we can improve your experience at the Museum. We currently have a number of projects on the go, including a refresh of our entrance. You may be interested to read more about what we are working on in our Annual Plan, which is available to the public on our website here. www.motat.nz/about/corporate/annual-plan
Written 25 February 2021
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familyoffiveonhols
New Zealand256 contributions
Sep 2020
We visited during the school holidays and while Auckland was at level 2. The website informed us about displays etc that would not be available which was good, although disappointing to not have the tram experience. The displays are well managed with some good information. The museum was a good mix of displays and a more hands on learning. The hands on learning was great and enticed the younger members of the group. The more traditional aspects of the museum could have been displayed in a more inviting way especially for the younger members of the group. Overall a good day.
Written 2 October 2020
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Thanks for your feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to welcome you back to the Museum again now we are back at Level 1.
Written 25 February 2021
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CiderMonkey
Cornwall, UK233 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Spent a full afternoon just wandering around looking at and learning of all the exhibits on the site. It was a scorching hot day so we were glad of the shelter. A lot has changed in 6 years so needed to have a look at those changes and was really impressed. The site has more touchy feely things as well as looking at some both Auckland and NZ history.
Included in the entrance fee is a ticket for the tram to go to the aircraft museum. It is approx 10 mins away and is out passed the zoo.⁰ in
Written 22 March 2020
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Thanks for your fantastic review! It's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit to MOTAT.
Written 14 July 2020
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