MOTAT Aviation Hall

Visit the newly refurbished Aviation Hall at Motions Road and discover the exciting stories of aviation in Aotearoa.


The MOTAT Aviation Hall is a multi-award-winning space which hosts a large collection of recreational, military, topdressing, and commercial aircraft.

The collection celebrates the evolution of New Zealand aviation since February 1911 when Vivian Walsh achieved sustained and controlled flight in a British Howard Wright biplane.

Alongside our extensive aviation collection, the Aviation Hall offers

- digital storytelling of historical aviation footage and interviews

- 360 degree photography of collection cockpits

- Amazing New Zealand Police helicopter interactive - great for kids!

Other highlights include the Solent and Sunderland Flying Boats and the Lancaster bomber.

With a new 155 space carpark right outside the door, and heritage trams to take you around Western Springs, it's never been easier, or more exciting, to visit MOTAT.

The Short Solent MK4.

The Aviation Hall is also available as a spectacular events venue. Visit Venue Hire for more information.

Find out more about objects in the MOTAT collection:

Collections Online


Wheelchair accessible

Location: Building 1 at MOTAT Aviation Hall.

Entrance: Motion sensor automatic doors and a wide entrance.

Stairs: There are stairs up to the mezzanine. This level is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs by means of an elevator.

Noise: There are videos and interactives throughout the exhibition.

Parking is available outside the building near the entrance at MOTAT Aviation Hall.


We recommend parking outside the Aviation Hall and enjoying the free heritage tram ride between sites.