07 March 2016

Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

  • Transavia PL12 Airtruk outside the hangar at MOTAT in Auckland. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1055-341.
  • Zoo Bay tram (no. 248) at MOTAT at Western Springs, 1980s. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1021-366.

Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) holds many collections that have significant engineering and historical interest. MOTAT has two sites, MOTAT Great North Road and MOTAT Meola Road, both in Western Springs. The sites are linked by a vintage electric tram service operating daily.

MOTAT Great North Road Collections

Steam Engines, many in working condition, are centred around the original water supply pumping station built in 1877.

The “Pioneers of Aviation” Pavilion holds memorabilia of early aviators. The displays include miscellaneous parts from Richard Pearse's experimental aircraft. The pavilion also holds relics from the Walsh Brothers' flights and school, and a library and archive of transport resources including books, journals, proceedings and drawings related to a wide range of transport and technology subjects.

The Tram collection includes twenty one electric, steam and cable trams, support equipment and vehicles from former New Zealand tramway systems of Auckland, Wellington, Whanganui and the Mornington Cable tram system in Dunedin. The Railway collection includes seven steam locomotives from a pioneering 1874 NZR F class to the iconic NZR K class steam locomotive. There are representative collections of petrol and diesel buses, fire engines and cars including the Police vehicle collection and Trans-Antarctic expedition tractors. Electrical and telecommunications exhibits are also displayed. In addition many hands-on scientific activities are provided for people of all ages.

MOTAT Meola Road Collections

At MOTAT Meola Road there are many aircraft on display, including the only Solent Mark IV Flying Boat and one of only a few World War Two Avro Lancaster Bombers in the world. Also on display are a Short Sunderland marine patrol flying boat, De Havilland Mosquito wooden fighter bomber, a restored 1940s Avro Lancaster bomber, a Douglas DC-3 Dakota, a De Havilland Vampire 1950s jet fighter and an RNZN Westland Wasp maritime helicopter.

There is also a military section which restores and demonstrates a selection of Second World War military trucks, light tracked vehicles and tanks of Allied forces. In addition, MOTAT Meola Road has an operational railway with one kilometre of track, stations and a selection of former New Zealand Government Railways light industrial locomotives, wagons and carriages.

More information


805 Great North Road, Auckland.

190–208 Meola Road, Auckland.


MOTAT’s website has opening hours and other access details.