Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)

Collection of items and systems (eg Museums)


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 two 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, Wanganui 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 is also displayed along with many scientific activities for a wide range of generations.

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 handful of WW2 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, 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. MOTAT Meola Road also has an operational railway with 1 km of track, stations and a selection of former New Zealand Government Railways, light industrial locomotives, wagons and carriages.

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Great North Road and Meola Road Auckland


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Nature of Engineering
Electrical Power Generation and Distribution, Rail Transportation, Infrastructure (incl. Road, water, ports), New Zealand Innovations, Natural Hazard Protection, Building and Construction, Manufacturing and Industrial Processing, Communications, Transport (Road, sea, air, incl vehicles)


MOTAT Tram 44 and driver

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