MOTAT Aviation 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

Temporarily closed

INCLUDED IN GENERAL ADMISSION

Please note: From 26 July 2021, MOTAT Aviation Hall, Rail, and Military workshops will be TEMPORARILY closed to the public. We hope to reopen to the public in August 2022. See more information here>

MOTAT is lucky enough to have two sites, MOTAT Great North Road and MOTAT Aviation Hall, which are connected by our complimentary tram ride or a short drive. The multi-award-winning MOTAT Aviation Hall 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 HALL 

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

The Aviation 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 MOTAT Aviation Hall.

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 MOTAT Aviation Hall.

Parking

We recommend parking outside the Aviation Hall and enjoying the free heritage tram ride between sites. Please note MOTAT trams are not travelling to the Aviation Hall while it is closed, find the tram's current route here.