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Whakawhiti Pārongo – Telecommunications

This MOTAT favourite offers a unique hands-on experience of telecommunication equipment and technology. It's always fun explaining rotary phones to those only familiar with modern phones and mobiles.
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Permanent Exhibition


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Try your hand at Morse code, play at being the switchboard operator, or use a rotary telephone. And don’t forget to make a free phone call in the 1970s Auckland phone box.

On Tuesdays the Whakawhiti Pārongo Telecommunications gallery really comes to life when the team of expert MOTAT volunteers guides you through the stories and objects in the exhibition.

Enjoyed by all generations, it's amazing to discover how communication has transformed over the years.

Rotary dial telephones.

Rotary dial telephones.

Look out for MOTAT’s upcoming Live Days to see what’s going on in Whakawhiti Pārongo Telecommunications.

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A collection of 20th century telephones.  Photo by Richard Ng


Wheelchair accessible.

Location: Building 4 at MOTAT Great North Road.

Entrance: Motion sensor automatic doors and a fairly wide entrance.

Stairs: There are no stairs but the space is quite confined.

Noise: Videos and interactives throughout the exhibition.

Mobility parking is available on site at MOTAT Great North Road. Please arrange in advance.


We recommend parking on Stadium Road and Great North Road.