Aviation

Experience New Zealand’s aviation history at the MOTAT Aviation Collection located at MOTAT Meola Road. Included as part of your MOTAT general admission, access to MOTAT Meola Road is available via a short tram ride from MOTAT Great North Rd. 

Located in the multi-award winning Aviation Display Hall, we host a large collection of recreational, top dressing, commercial and military aircraft which celebrates the evolution of New Zealand aviation since February 1911 when Vivian Walsh achieved sustained and controlled flight in a British Howard Wright biplane. 

Our Blister Hanger is located outside behind the Aviation Display Hall and is open to the public on Wednesdays and Sundays, where you can see our passionate volunteers working on various restoration projects.

Our Collection includes the only Solent Mark IV Flying Boat left in the World and a rare World War 2 era Avro Lancaster Bomber. Visitors will also be able to see aircraft which saw service with the Royal New Zealand Air Force such as the de Havilland Mosquito and the modern Skyhawk and Aermacchi. 

In addition to its aircraft, the Aviation Display Hall hosts a number of small exhibits celebrating the achievements of New Zealand aviation pioneers Jean Batten and the Walsh Brothers which tell the story of New Zealand's aviation pioneers and highlight their many successes. The Sir Keith Park, Bomber Command and Fleet Air Arm displays explore the contribution of New Zealand aviators in times of war.

Our Aviation Workshop has completed many aircraft restorations in our 50 year history of operation.

*Please note that only selected collection items are on display. Please view our Exhibitions section to find out more about current displays.