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Museum of Transport and Technology - MOTAT

1022 Auckland, New Zealand-Aotearoa (Auckland)

Address MOTAT 1 - 805 Great North Road, Western Springs
MOTAT 2 - 190/200-208 Meola Road, Pt Chevalier 
Floor area 160 000 m² / 1 722 226 ft²  
Museum typ Exhibition
Transport in general
  • Street Vehicles
  • Steam engines/generators/pumps
  • Mining
  • Model Railway
  • Motorcycles / Motorbikes
  • TV and image recording
  • Agricultural
  • Fire Brigade
  • Wire- & tape recording
  • Record players with pick up
  • Photo cameras and slide projectors
  • Bicycles
  • Trams
  • Busses
  • Carriages
  • Trucks / Lorries
  • Toys
  • Railway Technique
  • Air and Space (aviation, spaceflight etc.)
  • Craft
  • Combustion engines/generators/pumps
  • Technical Museum in general
  • Radios (Broadcast receivers)
  • Telephone / Telex
  • Computer / Informatic
  • Railway
  • Printing technology
  • Morse technology
  • Armored vehicles
  • Military Aerospace
  • Open Air Museum
  • Lamps and Light
  • Radio and Kommunication in general
  • Electrical Applications
  • Appliances (Scales, Stamping, etc.)
  • Home Appliances
  • Building (Construction) machinery
  • Movie recording and playback
  • Tractors

Opening times
daily: 10am - 5pm

Status from 07/2019
Adults: $19; Children (5-16 years), Student, Senior: $10
Family Pass (2 adults and up to 4 children): $45

Tel.:+64-9-815-58 00   


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Location / Directions
S36.867376° E174.727142°S36°52.04256' E174°43.62852'S36°52'2.5536" E174°43'37.7112"

Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand.
Auckland lies between the Hauraki Gulf of the Pacific Ocean to the east, the low Hunua Ranges to the south-east, the Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitakere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and north-west

MOTAT is located close to the Western Springs Stadium, Auckland Zoo and the Western Springs Park.

You can experience the MOTAT magic over two great sites at MOTAT Great North Road or 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.


Aviation: at MOTAT Meola Road.
Communications: At MOTAT Great North Road.
Steam: at MOTAT Great North Road.
Historic Village: Located throughout the MOTAT Great North Rd site.
Print: at the MOTAT Great North Rd site
Rail: across both MOTAT sites!
Road Transport:
Tramways: Take a ride on working trams between the two sites.

By Bus

Buses from Downtown Auckland and other various locations as serviced by Go West, Metrolink and Ritchies buses.


Bike rack facilities are provided at both MOTAT sites (inside by gate A at MOTAT Great North Road site and outside in the car park at MOTAT Meola Road site) for visitors who wish to ride their bikes here.

Some example tube pages for sets you can see there:

High Voltage Multi-Phase Hg-Gleichrichter


MOTAT, Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology, is New Zealand's largest transport, technology and social history museum.

Collection Themes


The Collection includes the only Solent Mark IV Flying Boat left in the World and a rare World War 2 era Avro Lancaster Bomber. Visitors will also be able to see aircraft which saw service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force.


Telephones, cameras and everything in between.
The Communication Collection holds objects significant to the introduction and evolution of telecommunications, computing and audio visual technology dating back to the 1830s right through to the latest technology. It also holds the first analogue computer used in New Zealand: the only working example of a Meccano Differential Analyser in the world which was built between 1934 and 1951.


Fire trucks, ambulances and emergency memorabilia, experience emergency at MOTAT! 

The Emergency Collection includes some of the first New Zealand fire-fighting technology, vehicles, and uniforms from various regions of New Zealand.

Due to the country's rugged landscape, there is a variety of vehicles on show from the Collection each with their own unique purpose and history which tell stories of kiwi ingenuity in rescue and fire-fighting in New Zealand.


MOTAT’s Steam Collection takes visitors back in time to view the importance of steam, diesel and petrol powered objects and how they were essential to the construction and development of much of Auckland City and New Zealand.  

The Collection contains a number of different engines and several pumps, boilers and other engineering parts and features a key object of the MOTAT collection, the Pumphouse. Under the direction of qualified engineers, visitors can see the Beam Engine in action and experience the inner workings of this magnificent engineering marvel.

Historic Village

The MOTAT Historic Village Collection is a diverse selection of objects that demonstrate how we use technology in our daily life. Included in this collection are domestic appliances, utensils, textiles, tools, personal items and toys from the Victorian period onwards. Availability of electricity to urban areas in the 1920s made possible the use of electric stoves, washing machines and other electrical appliances.


Die Military Collection umfasst einige der ersten neuseeländischen Militärtechnologien, Militärfahrzeuge sowie Feld- und Kommunikationsausrüstung aus verschiedenen Kriegen,


Our Print Collection holds objects significant to the introduction and evolution of printing, dating back to the 1930s right through to the latest 3D printers.


Rail is an important part of MOTAT’s collection and the museum has a wide range of rail vehicles and other rail objects of historical significance from large locomotives right down to a rail ticket or button.

Road Transport

The MOTAT Road Collection highlights the development of New Zealand’s road transport, from the horse-drawn cart to the modern car. The extensive road collection includes over 100 motor cars, horse-drawn vehicles, road building vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles, commercial vehicles and various other items such as cutaway engines, tools, petrol pumps and car parts.


At MOTAT, take a ride on working trams that originally operated in New Zealand and Australian cities between the two sites.
The Tramway Collection includes 23 trams, a dozen of which are restored and operational. presents here one of the many museum pages. We try to bring data for your direct information about all that is relevant. In the list (link above right) you find the complete listing of museums related to "Radio & Co." we have information of. Please help us to be complete and up to date by using the contact form above.