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From vintage tram and steam train rides to letterpress printing and scientific demonstrations, MOTAT offers a range of intriguing hands-on experiences.
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Enjoy experiments, activities, stories, puzzles, games, videos — all the good stuff! Everything you need to inspire the innovators of tomorrow.

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Heidelberg Press

Print Shop

See a centuries-old technology come alive every Sunday at MOTAT’s Print Shop. Learn the history of our amazing print collection and take home a hand-printed souvenir of your visit.

Open Sundays only

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Trams heading out for the day


The highlight of any visit to MOTAT is a ride on a vintage tram through Western Springs Park. MOTAT's fleet of carefully restored heritage trams run regularly during opening hours.


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MOTOTS has plenty of adventure for our youngest visitors.


Little ones will love the adventure and active play at MOTOTS, a special place for our youngest MOTAT visitors.

Permanent space

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Dockline Tram #1

Auckland Dockline Tram

Take a ride through the Wynyard Quarter on the Auckland Dockline Tram. Proudly operated by MOTAT in partnership with Panuku Development Auckland.

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Steam Trains

Travel back in time along MOTAT's very own railway and see, hear and smell the history of New Zealand trains.

Every LIVE Day (3rd Sunday of the month)

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The Tram Barn at M1.


The sound of drills, the flash of sparks and the smell of diesel signal specialist staff and volunteers are on the job. The workshops carry out restoration projects and maintain MOTAT's operating collection.

Open on LIVE Days (Every third Sunday of the Month)

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Blacksmith's Forge

Experience the thrill of seeing the blacksmith at work in MOTAT's Historic Village.

Operating most Live Days

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