Please note: From 26 July, 2021, M2 the home of our Aviation Display Hall, Rail and Military workshops will be TEMPORARILY closed to the public. See more information here>
MOTAT is lucky enough to have two sites, M1 and M2 which are connected by our complimentary tram ride or a short drive. The multi-award-winning Aviation Display Hall at MOTAT Meola Road (M2) 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.
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
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.
We recommend parking outside the Aviation Display Hall and enjoying the free vintage tram ride between sites.