Accelerate: Driving New Zealand

Revved up, fully charged, and challenging the status quo! Delve into the past, present and future of New Zealand’s relationship with vehicles and technology.

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 exhibition

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.


New to the exhibition: The Gibbs Quadski XL is on display from 14 January 2020.

This New Zealand developed amphibious all-terrain vehicle has speeds of up to 70 kmh both on land and sea.

The brainchild of Kiwi entrepreneur Alan Gibbs, the Quadski is just one result of many years of intensive innovation, discovery and development by Alan and his team of engineers based in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and USA.

quadski on water

Quadski on land