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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.

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Permanent Exhibition

INCLUDED IN GENERAL ADMISSION

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.

Accelerate revisits some of MOTAT’s most cherished vehicles, while introducing new vehicles and the stories of the people who love them. Uniquely Kiwi stories from the past, present and future bring a new perspective to the MOTAT collection. You’ll see how an engine works, how accessible vehicles change lives and explore the search for sustainability. So, start your engines, and come for a drive.

New Zealand classics on display.

CHANGING TO OIL

We keep a parking space free at the front of the exhibition for a short-term loan vehicle with a tale of Kiwi innovation and ingenuity. Currently on display is the Gibbs Quadski.

This New Zealand developed, amphibious, all-terrain vehicle has speeds of up to 70 km/h both on land and sea and is the brainchild of Kiwi entrepreneur Alan Gibbs.


Watch the timelapse of the building and installation of the Accelerate Exhibition and see how we got all those cars up there!

Some of the collection on display in this exhibition:

Cooper Climax driven by Bruce McLaren and Phil Hill: https://collection.motat.org.nz/objects/13354

Trekka: https://collection.motat.org.nz/objects/15871

Daimler Landaulette: https://collection.motat.org.nz/objects/15843

Massey Ferguson Tractor used by Sir Edmund Hillary in Antarctica: https://collection.motat.org.nz/objects/802

Heron MJ1 Sport: https://collection.motat.org.nz/objects/82649

Lloyd Personnel Carrier: https://collection.motat.org.nz/objects/16109

Solar Car: https://collection.motat.org.nz/objects/47994

Find out more about objects in the MOTAT Collection:

Collections Online

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible

Location: Building 2 at M1, Great North Road.

Entrance: Motion sensor automatic doors and a wide entrance.

Stairs: Steep flight of stairs up to a viewing platform within the exhibition.

Noise: Videos and interactives throughout the exhibition.

Mobility parking is available on site at M1. Please arrange in advance.

Parking

We recommend parking in our large car park at M2 and enjoying the free vintage tram ride between sites.