Like most little boys, my nephew loves anything related to transport — cars, trucks, buses, trains and even construction vehicles. This . amazing 3-year old can tell the difference between a bulldozer, a tractor, a crane, a digger and other vehicles that I will never bother to find out the right names for.
Imagine his delight when we took him to MOTAT. The Museum of Transport and Technology in Auckland is every little boy’s dream come true. As New Zealand’s largest transport, technology and social history museum, it has literally everything you want your kid to see. The entire place is spread across 40 acres, so make sure you’re ready to do some exploring.
Since little kids can easily get tired, it’s best to plan your day around the things you really want to see. The website lists everything that’s in MOTAT. You can visit it here: http://www.motat.org.nz/ There are two main sites you can explore: MOTAT Great North Road and MOTAT Meola Road.
For a short trip of about three to four hours, we recommend riding the old-fashioned tram that connects the two sites. There’s a separate fee for it, but it’s a cool experience since it’s one of those old-fashioned trams that still work.
Riding the tram takes you to the Aviation Display Hall which houses the Sir Keith Park Memorial Aviation Display. It has a large collection of recreational, commercial and military aircrafts. It even has the British Howard Wright biplane used by Vivian Walsh in February 1911. If you’re short on time and had to pick just one thing to do at MOTAT, this would be it.
There’s still a lot to explore in MOTAT like The Machine, The Village or attend the technology demo days. Your itinerary would really depend on what interests your child. We spent a good two hours just inside the aviation hall. They offer free scheduled tours that last about an hour and a half long, but when you have kids, it’s perfectly fine to break away from the group and let the kids explore it on their own.
Admission is $16 for adults, $8 for children between the ages of 5 to 16 years, and free for under 5’s. There are discounted rates for students and a family pass for only $40.
Address: 805 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland 1022, New Zealand