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Opening Hours

MOTAT Great North Road is open from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm every day except Christmas Day.

WE ARE OPEN DAILY, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
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Last entry permitted into the museum at 3:30 pm.

MOTAT is open on all public holidays except Christmas Day.

Please note the MOTAT Aviation Hall is closed to the public for exhibition enhancement and the construction of a new 155-space car park. We hope to reopen to the public in August 2022.

The additional parking will bring greater convenience and access to the Te Wai Ōrea Western Springs Precinct and ensure increased safe, quality parking for visitors to MOTAT. Walkways and cycleways are included in this project.


The Walsh Memorial Library is a reference only Auckland library located at MOTAT Great North Road. Access to library resources is available Monday to Friday and research requests can be emailed through to the library. Find out more about the library here


The café located MOTAT Great North Road is open 10:30 am - 3:00 pm. More information about the café is available here


MOTAT is famous for our operational Collection items, our Daniel Adamson & Co. Boiler powered Pumphouse, our fleet of vintage Trams and our historic village are just a few of the experiences we love to share with visitors.

To keep these heritage items operating and in their best condition we must undertake general maintenance on occasion. Whenever possible we will have this work done outside normal opening hours and will always strive to minimise any disruption to your experience when you visit us.

While some unplanned maintenance work may occur, we strive to keep you updated of any planned closures here.

MOTAT is recognised as one of the most high-quality experiences New Zealand has to offer by Qualmark, New Zealand Tourism’s official quality assurance agency. Our Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award recognises our exceptional customer experiences and integral sustainable practices.