Museums in New Zealand
The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) is a leading Auckland Museum with a focus on science, transport and technology. MOTAT holds over 300,000 items in our collection showcasing the history New Zealand innovation and ingenuity. MOTAT is spread across 40 acres over two sites. Take the vintage tram past beautiful Western Springs park and visit the award-winning Aviation Display Hall where you’ll find iconic military and civil aircraft. A favourite collection of many visitors to MOTAT is the Historic Village.
"We are a New Zealand museum showcasing our nation's military history, telling the stories of kiwi soldiers and exploring our participation in major conflicts worldwide.
The Wanaka Transport and Toy Museum collection boasts rare and unusual aircraft, cars, trucks, motorcycles, fire appliances, military vehicles and tractors, as well as a colourful array of automobilia. A wonderful selection of more than 25,000 toys is awash with nostalgia, including, clockwork and battery powered toys, pedal cars, money boxes, teddy bears and porcelain dolls.
Omaka Classic Cars allows us to enjoy that special period in motoring history where space, grace, chrome bumpers, large grilles and individual design were allowed to run wild. The collection covers the period between the pioneering vintage car era and the cars of today, when motoring was individual - challenging the limits of both the design and the technology.
The Southward Car Museum houses a collection of over 350 vehicles, as well as three aircraft and various other exhibits including motorcycles, bicycles, fire engine etc. The motor museum is run by a charitable trust, incorporated in 1972. The car museum is approximately an hour's drive from downtown Wellington and is situated between the North Island Main Trunk Railway to the west and State Highway 1 to the east.
One of the largest collections of Packard automobiles anywhere in the world, classic motorcycles,other vintage vehicles, earth moving machinery, tractors, even potato mashers
"This Private collection, of antique cars and motorcycles, plus original vintage costume, is displayed in a replica of a small town New Zealand garage from the 1930's. One of New Zealand's largest private collections of Automobilia is complete with garage equipment, signs, tools, spares, accessories, books and clothing."
TEMPORARILY CLOSED in 2022
The Museum complex is set in the grounds of one of New Zealand's early colonial homesteads originally built in 1876 by the founders great grandfather John Taylor. The museum has more than 160 cars in its collection, including a few locally built rarities, like the NEEV truck, the Mistrix race car, the Logan Singer special and a replica of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.