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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.
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The Whare Mapu Pumphouse is open Wednesday - Sunday and during special events.

In 1877 the awe-inspiring beam engine was one of the most advanced of its kind anywhere in the world, supplying clean water from Western Springs to the residents of Auckland. Stunningly restored, you’ll see it in action on special occasions. The other half of this heritage building is the boiler room where you’ll see the boiler fired up and powering engines once used in sawmills, on ferries and for farming.

Powering the Pumphouse, the Daniel Adamson boiler.

Powering the Pumphouse, the Daniel Adamson boiler.


Look out for upcoming Live Days to see what’s going on in the Whare Mapu Pumphouse.

Read all about the Whare Mapu Pumphouse on Collections Online.

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MOTAT is famous for our operational collection items, our Daniel Adamson & Co. Boiler powered Pumphouse, our fleet of vintage Trams and our historic village are just a few of the experiences we love to share with visitors.

To keep these heritage items operating and in their best condition we must undertake general maintenance on occasion. Whenever possible we will have this work done outside normal opening hours and will always strive to minimise any disruption to your experience when you visit us.

Any queries or concerns? Please get in touch, email: makingmotatbetter@motat.org.nz


Partially wheelchair accessible

Location: Building 3 at MOTAT Great North Road.

Entrance: The Boiler Room is wheelchair accessible, but the Beam Engine is not.

Stairs: There are stairs between the Boiler Room and up to The Beam Engine.

Noise: When operating the boiler and The Beam Engine can be noisy, hot, and steamy.

Mobility parking is available on site at MOTAT Great North Road. Please arrange in advance.


We recommend parking on Stadium Road and Great North Road.