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INSIDE: Everything you need to know about MOTAT Aviation Hall & the MOTAT aircraft display you’ll find there.

There’s MONSTER SIZED PLANES at the MOTAT Aviation Hall in Auckland!

Be wowed by the giant planes inside the MOTAT Aviation Hall – the MONSTER SIZED SHORT SUNDERLAND aircraft is the biggest one of all.

It’s truly a sight to be seen!

It’s one of four left in the world, and the only complete example in New Zealand.

The Sunderland served with the British and New Zealand Air Forces, in Maritime Search, Reconnaissance, and Mercy missions.

The Sunderland played a central role in medical evacuations, childbirth emergencies, search for missing vessels, medical supply drops, and surveys of hurricane damage.

Read the guide below for details of this MOTAT plane, & what other treasures you’ll find here.

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Guide to MOTAT Aviation Hall Auckland

Short Sunderland V NZ 4115

This mammoth aeroplane was gifted to MOTAT when it was retired from military service.

MOTAT are currently raising funds to complete the full restoration project.

To date, the Sunderland has been:

  • cleaned
  • stripped and sanded
  • repainted with a new coating over the body.

The interior lighting and the keel has been repaired, and they are currently cleaning the interior, and restoring the gun turrets.

The tail of the Sunderland has been removed for repair work on the tail planes, fin and rudder.

The entire tail will be reattached to the body of the aircraft when the work is complete.

The whole project is estimated to cost in excess of $120,000.  

If you’d like to contribute to the project, give a little here

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Inside the MOTAT Aircraft Display

Sir Keith Park Memorial Aviation Display is located in the multi-award winning Aviation Museum at MOTAT Meola Road.

Motat Exhibitions

There’s exhibitions by Jean Batten, and the Walsh Brothers, other collections & engine displays too. 

Plus, historical displays of old posters, travel documents, aircraft log books, statues of notable figures, displays of uniforms, Bomber command medal displays, and more.

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Best MOTAT Planes

The aircraft inside this hall include recreational, top dressing, commercial and military aircraft including:

  • planes that were part of the Royal New Zealand Airforce
  • the de Havilland Mosquito
  • Lancaster bomber
  • flying boats
  • the modern Skyhawk, and
  • Aermacchi.

The exhibition celebrates the evolution of New Zealand aviation since February 1911.

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Size of the MOTAT Plane Display

One thing is for sure, there is NO WAY that photos can do these airplanes justice.

You will GASP OUT LOUD at their size, just like we did.

Don’t miss the large aircraft outdoor display too. 

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Things for Kids to Do at MOTAT Sir Keith Park Memorial Aviation Display

There’s a couple of fun hands-on activities for kids at the far end, left hand side of the hall.

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Best MOTAT Activities for Kids

Kids can:

  • play with a giant puzzle of people dressed in Aviation Gear
  • play with the controls on the miniature aeroplane
  • dress up in Aviation costumes 

Hot tip:

  • Go upstairs and in front of the lift, there’s a button.
  • Push it, and you’ll hear the roars of an aircraft taking off! It reverberates throughout the entire shed.

MOTAT Events

Book in for an aviation workshops by arrangement.

Other special events include:

  • steam train rides from Keith Park and Waititiko rail stations on live days
  • military vehicle experience, and
  • rail workshops throughout the year too. 

Keep an eye on the MOTAT website for details of MOTAT school holidays activities too. 

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MOTAT Shop at the Aviation Museum

The main MOTAT gift shop is in the main site M1. 

But there’s a second place to buy your MOTAT souvenirs, and it’s just as you enter the MOTAT Aviation building entrance at M2.

Shop for:

  • books on aviation
  • history books
  • maps and compasses
  • model aircraft kits
  • aircraft toys for kids
  • mugs and cups, with logos and insignia
  • model vehicles
  • books by local authors, and more. 

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MOTAT Souvenir Penny Machine

Add a MOTAT pressed penny to your collection.

There’s a few different planes, trains and automobiles to choose from at the MOTAT Museum Auckland. 

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The MOTAT Cafe Araroa Tearooms

The only food on offer at the Aviation Hall is a snack machine, and a hot drinks machine. 

We recommend heading back to eat at the MOTAT cafe in the historic Cropper House building. 

Find details of the menu, opening hours and more here.

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THE INSIDE SCOOP:  MOTAT 2 Meola Road Auckland

Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in NZ dollars, unless otherwise stated

MOTAT, Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology, is New Zealand’s largest transport, technology and social history museum.

Spread across 40 acres, MOTAT is an interactive journey to explore and discover the achievements that have helped shape New Zealand.

Address: The Motat address is Building 1 MOTAT 2 – Aviation Display Hall. 190/200-208 Meola Rd, Western Springs, Auckland 1022, New Zealand
Telephone:  +64 9 815 5800. Freecall 0800 668 2869
Website:  Click here

Motat Hours

  • 10am to 5pm
  • Tuesday to Sunday
  • Closed Mondays 

Motat Prices

MOTAT Auckland prices are:

  • Adults $19 NZ
  • Children (5-16 years) $10 NZ
  • Children under 5 – FREE 
  • MOTAT Family Pass (2 adults & up to 4 children) $45 NZ
  • Overseas Seniors (Non NZ, 65 years +) $10 NZ
  • Students with NZ student ID card – $10 

The MOTAT entry fee includes admission to the Motat Aviation Hall

A return tram ticket is included in the price.

MOTAT Discount Entry 

Check for a MOTAT discount entry in these places:

  • GrabOne 
  • Hello Auckland  (you do need to give your email to get the code) 
  • Book Me (search Auckland discounts for all kinds of attractions)

AA Members save 20% on full priced MOTAT general admission


Annual passes start from $45 NZ for an individual and $95 for a family. So if you want to visit more than once, this is a good deal. 

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How to get to MOTAT Auckland Aircraft Hanger

By Car, Bus & Bike:  Click here for details

Motat Parking

  • Park for free at MOTAT Aviation Display Hall. Entrance via Meola Road.
  • Purchase your MOTAT entry ticket here and catch the MOTAT vintage tram to and fro between the two sites for FREE.
  • Find limited parking at M1 on Stadium Road and along Great North Road.

MOTAT tram timetable

Trams run every 30 minutes, or more frequently at peak times 

Please check the Tram Schedule for the day at the Meola Road tram station if you’ve parked at M2, or the M1 tram station (Great North Road entrance) if you’ve parked on Stadium road.

MOTAT trams run between M1 and M2, through Western Springs Park, and past Auckland Zoo, The Auckland Performing Arts Centre and Western Springs College.

The tram ride journey takes approximately 10 mins each way.


Facilities at MOTAT NZ

Public Toilets: Yes, including baby change table.

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