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Science in a Sec

Join the fun every weekend to learn more about the scientific principles and facts behind everyday phenomena with these action-packed demonstrations.
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Better Smarter Greener

Better Smarter Greener is an optimistic and hopeful exploration of life in the face of climate change. Visit this display at Auckland Botanic Gardens!

December - March 2021

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Under a Distant Sun

Whether on earth, or on other planets the requirements for human life are the same. Join the fun to discover how science and technology may one day allow humanity to become a multi-planetary species.

3 Jan - 1 Feb 2021 | 10am - 4pm

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Science in a Sec

Join the fun every weekend to learn more about the scientific principles and facts behind everyday phenomena with these action-packed demonstrations.

Saturdays and Sundays

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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.

Closed during January

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Road Tripping

Experience a classic Kiwi road trip at MOTAT these holidays, where you’ll be able to follow the trail to spot iconic landmarks plus play a human-sized board game!

3 Jan - 1 Feb 2021 | 10am - 4pm

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Trams

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

10AM - 4PM DAILY

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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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Vocoder

The Vocoder is a giant voice modulator that uses pipes and distortion to turn your voice into crazy sounds! Have a go with a friend.

OPEN DAILY

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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

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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.

Runs every Live Day

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