Museum of Transport & Technology
MOTAT opened in 1964 and is
the largest museum of transport, technology and social history in
New Zealand, housing a number of outstanding collections.
Encompassing 40 acres, on two sites, it presents a fascinating and
informative record of many of the technological developments that
have helped shape New Zealand.
Major collections include
Road Transport, Early Auckland, Primary Industries, Medical and
Dental and Pioneers of Aviation. MOTAT is also proud to have a
working Tram Section, and a large aviation collection including a
Lancaster bomber and a Solent flying boat.
The museum is built on the site that once pumped water drawn from
Western Springs Lake to early Auckland homes and businesses. The
Pumphouse, with its magnificent Beam Engine, is now a focal point
it is one of only three working Beam Engines in the world.
The Pumphouse is one of two original buildings on the site, the
other being the Engineer's Cottage in the Victorian Village.
Historic Site, History, Military, Open Air, Science, Technology,