Accelerate: Driving New Zealand

Revved up, fully charged, and challenging the status quo! MOTAT’s latest exhibition, Accelerate: Driving New Zealand, delves into the past, present, and future of New Zealand’s relationship with vehicles.

From some uniquely Kiwi stories, to the search for sustainable alternatives, this exhibition breaks down complex technological processes and explores the innovative thinking and Kiwi-can-do attitude we’re renowned for.

Accelerate brings a new perspective to the MOTAT collection, exploring the challenges, technologies, societal impacts, and culture associated with automobiles. It revisits some of our most cherished vehicles, whilst introducing new vehicles and the stories of the people who love them, and showcasing life-changing technologies.

This one’s for the petrol heads, tech enthusiasts, history buffs, and future thinkers alike. The exhibition collates an impressive collection of objects, audio visuals, and interactives which collectively reflect the significance of vehicle technology historically, socially, and culturally, with emphasis on looking forward to the future and embracing change.

Accelerate: Driving New Zealand is a long-term exhibition with feature objects scheduled to be switched out over time, offering visitors new and exciting reasons to revisit this thought-provoking exhibit.


Featuring a new car on display from September 27

1957 Chevrolet Corvette

See the little red Corvette!

Collecting cars is a classic Kiwi hobby and a big part of our motoring story. Tom Andrews took it a step further with a garage of 150! Drop by Accelerate to see his favourite, this 1957 Chevrolet Corvette. The sports model is usually on display in Tom’s Classics Museum in Hamilton.