Museum of Transport and Technology

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Museum of Transport and Technology

Museum of Transport and Technology
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The largest museum of its kind in New Zealand, MOTAT offers a fun, interactive, and educational experience. Explore our fascinating exhibitions telling stories of the history and development of New Zealand transport, technology and Kiwi ingenuity. MOTAT offers exciting School Holiday Experiences with a new theme and additional activities every school holidays. With lots of fun activities for kids to enjoy as well as the regular museum experience, MOTAT is a great choice for a fun day out over the school holidays to keep the whole family entertained. Visit the original Pumphouse, wander through our historic village or ride the heritage tram to our Aviation Display Hall which houses one of the largest aviation collections in the Southern Hemisphere. Kids are well-catered for with interactive examples, hands-on technology zone plus our Tinkering Tots gallery which is designed especially for under 5’s. MOTAT has something for everyone and is known as one of Auckland’s best value attractions. With regular events, school holiday experiences and monthly Live Days, visit our website to find out what is on at MOTAT for your next visit.
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Robyn W
1 contribution
Third Sunday each month is a Special Day!
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
Walking down memory lane
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 Zealand233 contributions
Worth More Than One Visit?
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
MOTAT needs a facelift
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 Zealand249 contributions
A nice morning out
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, UK227 contributions
Another good day out
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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Highlander65
Twizel, New Zealand148 contributions
Rather odd mix of stuff
Mar 2020 • Couples
Parking is a tad tricky, recommend you go to the aircraft place where you can pay and then take the frequent tram back to the main museum. The aircraft section is excellent, I'm not really into planes but found this collection and the info really hits the mark. The pumphouse is pretty cool, other than that, it's a slightly wierd and eclectic mix of random stuff spread around random places in a large area. We did enjoy our visit, tram ride was cool, the driver Albert really friendly and informative. We were very surprised at how few people were there, looks like most the visitors are school groups for the science sections. We think MOTAT needs a bit of focus and a freshen up. Other than the tram and planes, could be any small town museum collection and it's certainly not a gold coin donation to get in!
Written 10 March 2020
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Peter
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Good for College Group
Mar 2020
I went MOTAT with my collage friends🙆🏻🤷‍♀️🙎‍♂️ and really love the experience there, first I saw the maze there but it was finish so early then my told me it designed according for kids🧒. Cafe available inside the Museum but you need to pay extra for your meal as food is not included in Museum ticket🎫, then we had Lunch🥙 there - after a while we waited outside for Tram🚃 and when tram arrived we all were settled down and visit to the another section of the Museum. Good place to get informationℹ️ about New Zealand🇳🇿 History.
Written 1 March 2020
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Thanks for visiting us and for amazing review, Peter! Glad you enjoyed your experience at MOTAT.
Written 9 March 2020
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Wade
Kawakawa, New Zealand13 contributions
Had fun
Feb 2020 • Family
Loved seeing the Lancastor bomber and the Mazda R100. Had a really day. Enjoyed the tram ride. And staff were very helpful and friendly when our party got separated. Would love to go again for longer this time.
Written 23 February 2020
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Thank you for your positive words! We are happy you had a great day at MOTAT. Hope to see you again soon.
Written 9 March 2020
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kerrydp
Christchurch, New Zealand34 contributions
Great for kids, but schedule your visit.
Feb 2020
I'm in a mixed mindset about MOTAT in 2020. On the one hand, I can vividly remember visiting there as a child, and even as a younger adult, and loving some of the classic technology they had there like large trains on display. Much of that has been removed or shifted, but on the other hand, a lot of what they have there is perfect for kids (young and older).

The staff are very friendly, from the people selling us the tickets through to the exhibit assistant who helped deal with a toddler tantrum from our 3yo. She was very professional and happy throughout, despite an absolute melt-down taking place!

I'd definitely say much of what is at MOTAT will be better absorbed and appreciated by kids 8+. because so much of the educational value is in reading the display information beside the exhibits. Our 3yo was mostly interested in the 'MO-TOTS' play area, which he absolutely loved.

There are plenty of large-scale exhibits that will wow people of any age, such as the pump house and the room which told the history of computer & communications technology in NZ. But for younger kids, the amazement is brought about from the scale of the exhibit, not the educational quality.

The tram ride is a lot of fun, although the operater at the platform seemed confused about what time the next tram would be running... We almost faced a 45min wait until we realised one was boarding right behind us. The staff on the tram are very friendly and helpful, being very courteous with our infant's pram and going out of their way to ensure we boarded safely.

MOTAT2, the plane museum, is very impressive, and again if you don't read any of the exhibit text boards you'll still be wowed by the scale of the place. Our toddler, who by now had reached the limits of his energy, enjoyed seeing all the planes and pressing the button to activate the replica plane sounds.

Best things: Signage and information is good, the under-5's area is great, there are a lot of interesting exhibits and plenty of educational value to be had.

Downsides: Some exhibit halls were closed or under rennovation. The tram workshops didn't really let you see the trams up-close (aside from the one you took to MOTAT2).

It seems like there is a constant calendar of activites that will appeal to families of various ages, and we didn't get the chance to experience on of these, but I'd say I would happily re-evaluate my opinion of things until I'd had the chance to experience an organised event.
Written 8 February 2020
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We are glad you enjoyed your time at MOTAT both when you were a child and now, Kerry. We have lots of exciting events and experiences coming up this month at MOTAT - Pasifika, Dig It and Science STEM Fair, to name a few. Hope to see you there!
Written 9 March 2020
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