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“A thoroughly brilliant day out and well worth going”

Museum of Transport and Technology
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 13, 2012

Made the effort to go on a scorching hot day - what a little gem. NZ$14 for an adult was well spent and could have stayed there even longer.

Travel back on a nostalgic trip to see old cars, motorbikes, buses, fire engines, technology - you name it there is a chance it is there somewhere. Wander through a victorian village and see how they lived and make sure you have a camera with you - if only to take pictures of the old stuff - it really does jog the memory. Lots to do and see for the kids too.

Restaurant on site is sensibly priced although there are places to take a picnic (which with kids may be a better option). There is a large grassy park adjacent if preferred. Staff there are very helpful, with (for NZ) a high emphasis placed on H&S which is great to see for a change.

The ticket also gets you into the aviation museum - a 10 minute trip on an old tram (included in price also) where there are planes from WWII - including a lancaster - fantastic. There is NO restrictions in taking photos of the planes unlike someother places who want you to buy a guide book so another massive plus.

No parking at MOTAT itself but parking is available at the aviation museum or across the main road from MOTAT which is free on weekends as you can use the Mon-Fri bus lane legally!

An annual, return as many times as you want pass, is also available which would be excellent value as new things are added all the time.

A fantastic day out and well worth the entrance money alone.

Thank CiderMonkey
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Many trips here, always something new to see or revisit old favorites. Everyone will find things of interest

Thank Craig W
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

Awesome place to take the kids, or even adults. So much you can learn and everything is presented in amazing interactive displays.

Just dont bother ordering from the Cafe, terrible service, way overpriced and totally not worth the effort.

Take a picnic, the kids and chill out at MOTAT for the morning. Picnic at western springs for lunch and then ride the Tram back to your car (if you parked right )

Thank FlawlessStevy
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

The whole family loves MOTAT (even me, and I HATE museums!!)
We don't get there as much as we would like, there is always something amazing happening there. Last time we were there was for Halloween. I think I had almost as much fun as the kids (maybe more actually) Great night out for the whole family, for sure! This year I will dress up too!

Thank EIMI1
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

One of my favourite places to visit, always interesting and informative, and if you like old cars, trucks etc even better.

Thank ann_mareem
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