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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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Trams

10AM - 4PM DAILY
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Trams

A popular highlight when visiting MOTAT is riding aboard one of our heritage trams along past Western Springs Park. Jump aboard for a free ride between our two museum locations and enjoy the view. And ask the tram driver and conductor all your tram operation questions.

10AM - 4PM DAILY

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Te Kōtiu - NEW HERO
Te Kōtiu: An immersive digital experience

Uncover stories from the skies of Aotearoa with Te Kōtiu, the award-winning immersive digital experience live at the Aviation Hall.

Running daily, hourly from 10:30am

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MOTOTS has plenty of adventure for our youngest visitors.
MOTOTS

MOTOTs has closed to make way for our new under 5s play space in Te Puawānanga Science and Technology Centre.

Come and visit Te Tumu

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The Forge anvil close up
Blacksmith's Forge

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

Operating on Live Days and selected Sundays

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Heidelberg Press
Print Shop

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

Operating on Live Days and selected Sundays

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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.
Workshops

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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