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MOTAT’s permanent and short-term exhibitions draw on objects from our extensive collection to engage minds and tell inspiring stories of transport, technology and Kiwi ingenuity.
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Te Kīhini Rere The Flight Kitchen

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MOTAT Taiwhanga Rererangi - Aviation Hall

Visit the Taiwhanga Rererangi - Aviation Hall at Motions Road and discover the exciting stories of aviation in Aotearoa.

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Machine Makers

Kaihanga Pūrere - Machine Makers

Get hands on with the building blocks of engineering in this exciting and family friendly exhibition. Lift, slide, spin and build your way through six big interactive machines. It’s like a physics playground – with robots.

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Whakawhiti Pārongo – Telecommunications

This MOTAT favourite offers a unique hands-on experience of telecommunication equipment and technology. It's always fun explaining rotary phones to those only familiar with modern phones and mobiles.

Permanent Exhibition

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Tereina Iti – Model Railway

A MOTAT favourite for 40 years, but as they say: “a model railway is never finished.” So come and see what’s new!

Permanent Exhibition

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Whare Mapu – Pumphouse

Built in 1877, the Whare Mapu – Pumphouse is an important landmark recognised by Heritage New Zealand as a Category 1 historic place. Experience the sounds, heat, smell and power when the boiler operates Wednesday - Sunday and during special events. The Beam Engine is a live demonstration on selected days across the year.

Permanent Exhibition

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Kutarere - Scooter

Whizz by Kutarere - Scooter to discover what makes this two-wheeled-vehicle so much fun. Kutarere - Scooter takes you on a ride through the technology, fashion and culture changes from the 60s to today.

Permanent Exhibition

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Whare Tinei Ahi – The Fire Station

Everyone loves a big red firetruck! From early horse-drawn pumps to V8-powered fire engines, discover the equipment and history of these everyday heroes.

Permanent Exhibition

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Te Pā o MOTAT – MOTAT Village

The Te Pā o MOTAT – MOTAT Village brings alive Pākehā settler life. You’ll be taken back in time as you explore the original cottages, schoolhouse, chapel, washhouse and forge.

Permanent Exhibition

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Kia Atamai – Get Smart

Kia Atamai – Get Smart investigates the growth of computing, gaming and communications to show how the powerful machines we carry in our pockets have become faster, cheaper, and smarter.

Permanent Exhibition

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Whakahohoro – Accelerate: Driving New Zealand

Revved up, fully charged, and challenging the status quo! Take a drive through New Zealand’s love affair with vehicles and technology. This one’s for the petrol heads, tech enthusiasts, history buffs, and future thinkers alike.

Permanent Exhibition

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