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Aviation Display Hall Redevelopment Project

Exciting new changes are happening at our Aviation Display Hall. Find out more about the construction, and how it will impact your visit.

New MOTAT Car Park Coming Soon! 

In an effort to future-proof MOTAT and the wider Western Springs precinct, we are constructing a new 155 space car park at our M2 - Meola Road site. The car park will improve parking and accessibility in Western Springs and will facilitate the installation of cycle and walkways.

From July 26, 2021, M2 the home of our Aviation Display Hall, Rail and Military workshops will be closed to the public. The MOTAT Great North Road site will remain open and trams will continue to operate a shorter loop from MOTAT to Auckland Zoo and back. Our Great North Road site will be a continuous hive of activities with a calendar of exciting events, permanent and changing exhibitions, and new interactive experiences.  

We apologise for any inconvenience the construction may cause to your MOTAT visit but by doing this work now, we hope to provide a better visitor experience to you in the future.

The car park is part of our larger plan to redesign the MOTAT experience, starting with re-developing the way you interact with our collection objects.

Have a few questions? Hopefully we can answer them in our FAQ below:

Why has MOTAT decided to invest in a car park?

When visiting the precinct, one in four visitors leave after not being able to find a car park. By building additional parking at MOTAT we hope our visitors will find it easier to find parking, making it easier to plan visits to the Museum.  The car park will also reduce traffic congestion
around the museum and facilitate the installation of cycle and walkways.

These improvements to MOTAT’s parking and access will result in added convenience and peace of mind that visitors are more likely to find safe, quality parking close to MOTAT.

What public consultation was done?

Following the identification of parking and access as key challenges to MOTAT visitors, a study was commissioned to investigate the parking and access issues affecting the precinct and recommendations for improvements.

MOTAT has attempted to engage in a thorough and timely manner with all affected stakeholders. This includes stakeholder consultations in March-April 2019 and again in July 2019.

Pricing research was also conducted via an online population survey supplied to Auckland Zoo and MOTAT members and email databases. This was completed in March 2020.

Will there be a charge for parking? Where will the money go?

MOTAT is in discussion with Auckland Transport on the possibility of charging for parking once the construction of the car park is complete.

The revenue from any parking fees will go towards the maintenance of the MOTAT car park and any surplus will help enhance visitor experiences at the site.

Will the Aviation Display Hall (M2) be open during construction?

No, the Aviation Display Hall will be closed from the 27 of July until the end of February 2022 (approx.). The car park is part of our larger plan to re-design the MOTAT experience, starting with re-developing the way you interact with our collection objects. We will also be taking our time to upgrade the walkways and cycle paths in the area, making travel between our two sites easier than ever!

Will the heritage trams continue to operate while the Aviation Display Hall is closed?

Yes, trams will continue to operate throughout the construction process. Rather than doing a full loop between sites, however, they will stop at Auckland Zoo and return to MOTAT’s Great North Road site from there. Trams will continue to be free for visitors to the Western Spring precinct.

From 26 July, the tram will stop at:

  • M1 - Great North Road entrance

  • Western Springs Lakeside Entrance - Request Stop Only

  • Motions Road corner - Request Stop Only

  • Auckland Zoo

Will MOTAT general admission ticket prices be discounted while part of the Museum is closed?

MOTAT general admission ticket prices will not be discounted; our general admission prices can be found here.

While we have had to temporarily close the doors to our aviation collection, our Great North Road site has plenty on offer for our visitors to experience and enjoy, come and explore our two new exhibitions, see the blacksmith in action in the forge, take a ride on the heritage trams or explore our new digital interactives.

Will my MOTAT MATES pass be extended?

At this stage, we will not be extending the expiry dates of current MOTAT Mates passes.

Our Great North Road site remains open for MATES to visit. New interactive and daily experiences have been added for you to explore, and two new exhibitions means there is a lot to do and see onsite.

When the Aviation Display Hall re-opens, we would like you, our MOTAT Mates, to be the first to see and experience the re-developed exhibits. Your invite to our grand re-opening will be sent to you in the new year.

If you would like to speak to someone about your MOTAT Mates annual pass, please contact mates@motat.org.nz

Can I get a refund for my MATES annual pass?

If you would like to speak to someone about your MOTAT Mates annual pass, please contact mates@motat.org.nz

I have an education or event booking at the Aviation Display Hall – what does this mean for me?

Education and other groups bookings for the Aviation Display Hall will proceed as planned and the MOTAT Bookings Team will be in contact about your booking with more information regarding access while construction is taking place.

Events planned and booked through Montana Food and Events will not be affected by the car park construction works. Event organisers will be contacted with full information regarding their booking.

Where can I park if I can’t park at the Aviation Display Hall/M2 car park?

Street parking is available along both Great North Road and Motions Road. Park and catch the tram from the Auckland Zoo stop and enjoy the view of Western Springs Park on your journey to MOTAT. Parking at TAPAC and next to the Caltex station on Great North Road is also available.

MOTAT asks all visitors to lock their cars and hide any valuables from sight. Unfortunately, thieves are known to operate in the area.

MOTAT Aviation Display Hall access exceptions

If you are only in Auckland for a short period of time and have family history or heritage associated with Bomber Command, the Sir Keith Memorial Collection, or other aircraft or objects located in the Aviation Display Hall we may be able to organise a private visit.

Please contact makingmotatbetter@motat.org.nz to enquire and we will respond to you within 48 hours.

Media enquiries

Please contact MOTAT’s Senior Communications Advisor, Saskia van Well | Saskia.vanwell@motat.org.nz

Have a burning question that wasn’t answered in our FAQs? Please email makingmotatbetter@motat.org.nz and we will endeavor to get back to you within 48 hours.