The sound of drills, the flash of sparks and the smell of diesel signal specialist staff and volunteers are on the job. Located across MOTAT’s two sites the workshops carry out long-term restoration projects as well as maintain the Museum’s operating collection.
Visit Tram Barn 7 Annex to learn about the meticulous restoration of Tram Trailer 21 while in Tram Barn 6 discover the history of Auckland’s tramway. Nearby in Building 8 the Road Transport Workshop cares for MOTAT’s extensive automobile collection.
The WWII Blister Hangar, behind the Aviation Display Hall, is home to the Aviation workshop. Recent projects include the painting of the Solent Flying Boat and restoration of the aircraft’s components.
The Rail Workshop houses the museum’s locomotives along with undertaking projects like the lengthy restoration of the F180 locomotive, ‘Meg Merrilies’.
MOTAT’s restorations projects have won heritage awards and attracted international acclaim.
See the Museum’s operational collection come to life on the third Sunday of every month at MOTAT’s popular Live Days.
Partially wheelchair accessible
Location: Road Transport Workshop, Building 8 at MOTAT Great North Road. Tram Workshop, Building 7 at MOTAT Great North Road. Aviation Workshop, Building 2 at MOTAT Motions Road. Rail Workshop at MOTAT Motions Road.
Stairs: There are no stairs in the workshops but the surfaces are uneven.
Noise: It could be noisy if work is underway in the workshops.
Mobility parking is available on site at MOTAT Great North Road. Please arrange in advance. There is mobility parking outside the building near the entrance at MOTAT Motions Road.
We recommend parking in the car park located at 98 Motions Road and enjoying the free vintage tram ride between sites.