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Museum of Transport and Technology - located in Auckland is New Zealand's largest transport, technology and social history museum.
is New Zealand's largest transport, technology and social history museum. Spread across 40 acres, MOTAT will take you on an interactive journey to explore and discover the achievements that have helped shape New Zealand, from the 1800s to today.
The extensive collection of objects, telling stories about New Zealand aviation, printing, rail, road transport, steam, military, telecommunications and trams. Discover free vintage tram rides, the Historic Village, educational trails and guided tours. Experience changing exhibitions, school holiday experiences, unique MOTAT events and live activities (such as steam train rides, pumphouse and beam engine, military rides and more!)
A recent addition to MOTAT is the Motor Nation exhibition which portrays New Zealand’s long-held history and relationship with cars, how they have shaped society, and what they mean to us today.
Motor Nation will be updated periodically and on opening will feature more than 17 classic cars laid out in a themed exhibition representing seven eras of NZ’s infatuation with cars; Dream Cars, First Love, Passing Acquaintance, Labour of Love, Power and The Passion, The End of the Affair and Only in New Zealand. The exhibition will be home to the Museum’s oldest car, a Brush Roundabout more than 100 years old, as well as a 1965 Trekka, the only car to be designed and mass-produced in New Zealand.
“The exhibition has appeal to all ages; grandparents will love the history and enjoy telling their stories to their grandchildren who will love some of the vintage interactive features on our hands-on display models. All visitors can learn something new and will be intrigued by the history behind these vehicles.”
Visitors can look forward to seeing makes such as the Studebaker Dictator, a model that was in production for 10 years in the lead up to the Second World War. The title was eventually scrapped in 1937 because of its association to Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler.
Other vehicles featuring at the exhibition include a Morris Mini, in near original condition; a Packard Clipper Hearse; a Jaguar Mark V; and a Hudson Super Six, a 1919 tourer model that was one of the fleet of seven-seater Super Sixes that made up the backbone of the New Zealand service car network.
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