The Tactile Dome is an all time MOTAT favourite. In total darkness you can explore tunnels inside a purpose built dome using only your sense of touch and direction - a real challenge! Check out other MOTAT favourites like the cool Mirror Maze and see if you can find your way through the baffling labyrinth.
Please note: The Tactile Dome is only available during the weekend.
We offer hands-on exhibits which are entertaining, informative and fun for all age groups. The Challenge Zone is a must-do for kids on your visit to MOTAT!
Come along and see our Blacksmith in action every Sunday from 10am - 4pm.
Visit MOTAT and see our penny farthing rider in action from 11am - 4pm on Sundays and specific days.
For dates, please see our What's On guide.
Have you ever wanted to see what goes on behind the scenes at MOTAT? Now’s your chance with our new Rail tours!
Take a guided behind-the-scenes tour through our MOTAT 2 site and learn about the fascinating process of restoration taking place in our workshops, as well as the special stories of these rarely-seen collection objects. Discover how our dedicated team of volunteers maintain the authenticity of our collection using techniques like working from the original blue prints, sourcing original materials, and even using some original tools.
Rail tours operate every Thursday and Friday from 1.15pm at our MOTAT 2 site on Meola Road.
There are some great things to see and do at MOTAT on the third Sunday of every month, including:
Children’s bookbinding workshops
Double decker ‘Big Ben’ tram (weather permitting) and Auckland heritage tram rides
Horse and carriage rides (11am - 3pm)
Military vehicle experiences
Printing press workshop demonstrations
Road Transport and Tram workshops open
Steam train rides
See the Blacksmith in the Forge
Penny Farthing Rider
All third Sunday of the month activities run 10am – 4.30pm.
‘I Spy' is a fun, hands-on experience designed for you and your under 5s.
There are two great trails to choose from, including our brand new trail added in January and fun activities for you all to enjoy.
Including receiving a special key to unlock the mystery ‘I Spy' boxes around MOTAT, solving riddles using a map and magnifying glass, listening to ‘I Spy’ stories in our Walsh Memorial library and receiving a special 'I Spy' certificate.
Visit MOTAT and take our ‘I Spy' treasure hunt challenge today!
‘I Spy' is ideal for children between 2 to 5 years of age and runs from Monday to Friday only and is free with your normal MOTAT admission (under 5s are free!) No bookings necessary.
Please note: 'I Spy' is not available during school holidays.