A Guide to MOTAT

If you’re a first-time visitor to MOTAT, this guide will provide you with everything you need to make the experience as seamless as possible whether it is a family day out or a day spent with friends. As a working museum there are some terms and conditions of entry which visitors must follow.

If you’re interested in our annual membership program, MOTAT Mates, please visit the MOTAT Mates section.

Plan Your Visit to MOTAT

By using our “Plan Your Visit” and “add to my collection” tools, you can plan your trip by bookmarking exhibitions, collections and events that you'd like to see on your visit.

If you are organising a school visit please click here.

Opening Hours

We are open year round 7 days a week with the exception of Christmas and the annual Pasifika Festival. More information is here.

Location & Directions

Information regarding the location of the two MOTAT sites and how to get there by Car, Bus, Train or Taxi, please visit the Locations & Directions Page.

Visitors with Impairments

We have prepared a great guide outlining everything you need to know if you’re visiting us with an impairment.


Find out more about where to park when you arrive by reading our MOTAT parking guide here.

Visitor Guide and Map

Find out what's happening at MOTAT and where here

General Admission

Your admission fee includes entry to all exhibitions at both the MOTAT Great North Rd and MOTAT Meola Rd sites and return tram trip between the sites. The admission benefits are in place year-round and apply during school holidays and special events, unless specifically stated otherwise such as during Halloween or Christmas. View our general admission information here.

Group Bookings

If you’re  visiting us as a group, find more information here.


The MOTAT shops are located at each MOTAT site and stock a range of branded merchandise, as well as a variety of fun and educational toys, models and souvenirs. We have a great selection of aviation, rail and military themed models and books at our MOTAT Meola Road shop.


Information about our facilities is located here or information about our onsite Café, the Araroa Tearooms is located here


If you've got a suggestion or some feedback, we welcome it here.