Village

The MOTAT village brings alive Pākehā settler life. You’ll be taken back in time as you explore the original cottages, schoolhouse, chapel, washhouse and forge.

Date & Time

Permanent Exhibition

INCLUDED IN GENERAL ADMISSION

Ever wondered what it was like to live in Auckland in the 1800s? The MOTAT village brings Pākehā settler life alive. You’ll be taken back in time as you explore the original cottages, schoolhouse, chapel, washhouse and forge.

As you wander around the village, imagine yourself in the shoes of the Bagnall Family settling in 1848 Parnell or picture yourself going to Wainui school in 1878 – it was so strict! The 1870s Engineer’s Cottage is the only village building in its original location and was once inhabited by the Pumphouse engineer. On special occasions you can watch the MOTAT blacksmith at work in the Forge.

Chapel of the Good Shepherd, 1898

Look out for upcoming MOTAT Live Days to see what’s going on in the Village.

Find out more about objects on display in the MOTAT Collection Online:

Collections Online

Accessibility

Partially wheelchair accessible

Location: M1, Great North Road.

Entrance: Confined spaces with narrow entrances and uneven surfaces.

Stairs: The School House, Prison Cells, Chapel and some cottages are not accessible to wheelchairs.

Noise: This is generally a quite, peaceful space.

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.