Visiting MOTAT during Alert Level 2

MOTAT is open! We warmly welcome you and your whānau to come and enjoy our museums's inspiring spaces, collections and exhibitions.

Our priority is to keep our visitors and our team safe. We are carefully following the Level 2 guidelines put in place by the Government to ensure this.

Half Price General Admission to MOTAT during Level 2

Admission to MOTAT is an affordable family activity, which provides a fun, safe and spacious environment with rich learning experiences for visitor’s young and old alike. The admission fee for entry to MOTAT includes access to the MOTAT Great North Rd and MOTAT Meola Rd sites.

General Admission

Special offer during Level 2 

Normal entry fee

Children (5-16 years) $5 $10
Adults $9.50 $19
Under 5s  FREE FREE
NZ SuperGold Card holders with ID  FREE FREE
Family Pass (2 adults and up to 4 children) $22.50 $45
Student (incl. tertiary) with NZ Student ID card $5 $10
Overseas Senior Citizen (non NZ, aged 65+) $5 $10

General Admission is discounted by 50% at Alert Level 2 in recognition of our reduced offer. No additional discounts apply.

Our tram service is not operating at Level 2: Your ticket is valid to visit the other site within 30 days of purchase, should getting to both sites on the same day not suit you.

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Accepted Payment Methods 

  • Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)

MOTAT will accept electronic payments only during Level 2, so no cash please.

Please note the following during Alert Level 2:

As the global battle against COVID-19 continues, you will notice some significant changes around our site when you arrive. Your safety and that of our team is our priority. Here’s a rundown of some of the safety measures we have put in place:

  • Contact tracing using the CHECKIN-19 app. Our hosts will be on hand to help you use this safe and secure system.
  • Sanitisation stations across the museum.
  • Extensive cleaning schedules across both sites.
  • MOTAT will be closed every Monday for deep cleaning.
  • We will be open from 10am to 4pm each day to accommodate additional cleaning outside of operating hours.

MOTAT’s spacious sites are a great help for maintaining safe distancing. However, to ensure safety precautions are met, some parts of the museum will remain closed for now. These include:

  • Confined interiors of the village cottages.
  • The MOTOTs Under 5 play areas.
  • The model railway spaces.
  • The interiors of our trams. This means the tram service between M1 and M2 will not be operating.

MOTAT Opening Hours

During Alert Level 2, The MOTAT Great North Road and MOTAT Meola Road sites are open Tuesday-Sunday, from 10am-4pm (closed Mondays)

New exhibition: Science Photographer of the Year
New exhibition: Parapara/Ingenious: Innovation in Aotearoa
Upcoming event: Drive-In Movies

Walsh Memorial Library Opening Hours

The Walsh Memorial Library is a reference only Auckland library which is located at the MOTAT Great North Road site. Access to library resources will be available Tuesday - Friday and research requests can be emailed through to the library and will be accommodated where possible. More information about the library is available here. 

Cafe Opening Hours

During Alert Level 2, The Araroa Cafe at MOTAT is open 10am-3.15pm. More information about the cafe is available here.