Experience, learn and engage at MOTAT this summer

If you are looking for something to keep the family entertained in Auckland these long Summer holidays, then MOTAT is the perfect destination! The exciting line-up of activities includes a new exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the bicycle, an interactive January holiday experience and augmented reality to engage young minds.

First up on the MOTAT “must do list” is Changing Gear, an exciting new cycling exhibition developed in partnership with Auckland Transport, which opened December 9th. The exhibition delves into the history, science, innovation and cultural revival of bicycle technology and transport.

MOTAT’s Exhibition Manager Rebecca Britt says, “Changing Gear is an interactive experience giving visitors a chance to play digital dress ups in cycling clothes through the ages, experience the thrill of riding a BMX or mountain bike, test the power of their legs against Team New Zealand’s cycle grinders and have a go at improving a city by supporting cyclists.” The many stories and collection items on display showcase progress, innovation, education, charity, and advocacy from the wider community.

Auckland Council’s recent investment in cycle infrastructure is clearly visible around the city, and according to Auckland Transport last year, 45 000 new riders ventured onto the new cycleways that are connecting parts of Auckland. These figures suggest there’s been a shift in social habits and attitudes towards active travelling.

Auckland Transport Director Mark Gilbert says, “The title of this exhibition, ‘Changing Gear’ is very reflective of where Auckland is at right now –  we really are changing gear when it comes to cycling. It’s also a great reminder that we are building for not only our children’s generation but also for the generations to come. We are proud to partner with MOTAT on Changing Gear as we know that as well as building the right infrastructure, we need to create a cycling culture through initiatives like this.”

The modern bicycle has come a long way since the humble velocipede, with the 200-year-old technology evolving to fit the wants and needs of a changing society. Today, demand and innovation has produced the electric bike, reigniting a cycling culture once again growing in popularity.

What could the future look like for cycling and its place in our communities and cities? Explore the possibilities at Changing Gear and go in the draw to win a SmartMotion e-bike valued at $2,500.

Throughout January, the “On Ya Bike” holiday experience will be running in conjunction with the Changing Gear exhibition. Holiday activities will run every day from January 2 to 29 to build on the cycling themes of Changing Gear, delving into the scientific principles behind pedal-powered machines, and investigating the weird and wacky side of this technology. With a high energy live show, a multi-user circular bicycle installation and a series of common bike maintenance demonstrations and “hacks”, this holiday experience offers kids a fun and educational day out that’s bound to motivate them to get on their bikes.

Open at MOTAT through December and January, the Curious Critters Club activation is transforming the museum into an augmented world, home to a host of new creatures waiting to be discovered. Visitors are encouraged to explore the site equipped with their smart device to identify and catalogue the virtual critters roaming the museum grounds.

Yoozoo Founder and Creative Director Julian Stokoe says, “Curious Critters Club is designed to help kids learn and evolve through play and discovery. We’ve devised this series so that children can utilise technology to help them learn about the world, interact with others and develop curiosity.” The free Apps are available on Google Play and the App Store.

MOTAT is proud to partner with Auckland Transport on Changing Gear:
The summer holidays are the perfect time to explore Auckland’s new and existing cycling network. With the recent opening of the Waterview Shared Path and phase two of the Nelson Street Cycleway, there are more and more safe, separated connections for people to ride bikes around the city. Many of the city’s cycleways now link up and provide safe routes, and they all go via places that people want to visit, such as MOTAT, Auckland Zoo and Western Springs which are an easy ride over the rainbow path.
Visit AT.govt.nz/aklbikelife for maps and bike ride suggestions.

MOTAT is open every day of the week apart from Christmas Day
Location: MOTAT – 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Times: 10am to 5pm daily
Dates: 9 December to 4 June 2018

On Ya Bike, The Curious Critters Club and entry to Changing Gear is included in MOTAT’s General Admission Prices
See the MOTAT website for details:

The Curious Critters Club is produced by the Auckland-based company, Yoozoo and La Boîte à Pitons in Montreal, Canada; with co-production partners Rush Digital (Auckland/New York) and Akufen (Canada). 

For further information, photos, media passes or interviews, please contact:
Vanessa Hefer
Communications Advisor
Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT)
09 845 3703 | 021 340 518

Danielle Dunn
Marketing & Communications Manager
09 815 4240 | 021 680 576 

Joanna Glasswell
Auckland Transport
021 221 9279