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Aviation Display Hall

From the ground to high above, an aircraft display that inspires and wows. Take a journey through one of the most significant aviation collections in the Southern Hemisphere.

Date & Time

Permanent Exhibition

INCLUDED IN GENERAL ADMISSION

The multi-award-winning Aviation Display Hall at MOTAT Meola Road hosts a large collection of recreational, military, topdressing, and commercial aircraft which celebrates the evolution of New Zealand aviation since February 1911 when Vivian Walsh achieved sustained and controlled flight in a British Howard Wright biplane.

Visitors will also be able to see aircraft which saw service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force such as the de Havilland Mosquito and the modern Skyhawk and Aermacchi. Other highlights include the Solent and Sunderland Flying Boats and the Lancaster bomber.

The Short Solent MK4.

SEE THE WORLD'S LAST REMAINING SHORT SOLENT MK IV IN THE AVIATION DISPLAY HALL 

Look out for upcoming Live Days to see what’s going on in the Aviation Display Hall.

The Aviation Display Hall is also available as a spectacular events venue. Visit Venue Hire for more information.

Find out more about objects in the MOTAT collection:

Collections Online

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible

Location: Building 1 at M2, Meola Road.

Entrance: Motion sensor automatic doors and a wide entrance.

Stairs: There are stairs up to the mezzanine. This level is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs by means of an elevator.

Noise: There are videos and interactives throughout the exhibition.

Mobility parking is available outside the building near the entrance at M2.

Parking

We recommend parking outside the Aviation Display Hall and enjoying the free vintage tram ride between sites.