INSIDE: The Ultimate Guide to MOTAT Aviation Hall.
Be wowed by the giant planes inside the MOTAT Aviation Hall – the MONSTER SIZED SHORT SUNDERLAND aircraft is the biggest one of all. It’s a sight to be seen!
It’s one of four left in the world, and the only complete example in New Zealand.
The Sunderland served with the British and New Zealand Air Forces, in Maritime Search, Reconnaissance, and Mercy missions. The Sunderland played a central role in medical evacuations, childbirth emergencies, search for missing vessels, medical supply drops, and surveys of hurricane damage.
Short Sunderland V NZ 4115
This mammoth aeroplane was gifted to MOTAT when it was retired from military service, and MOTAT are currently raising funds to complete the full restoration project.
To date, the Sunderland has been:
- stripped and sanded
- repainted with a new coating over the body.
The interior lighting and the keel has been repaired, and they are currently cleaning the interior, and restoring the gun turrets.
The tail of the Sunderland has been removed for repair work on the tail planes, fin and rudder. The entire tail will be reattached to the body of the aircraft when the work is complete.
The whole project is estimated to cost in excess of $120,000. If you’d like to contribute, give a little here
MOTAT Aviation Hall
Sir Keith Park Memorial Aviation Display is located in the multi-award winning Aviation Display Hall at MOTAT Meola Road.
The aircraft inside this hall include recreational, top dressing, commercial and military aircraft including planes that were part of the Royal New Zealand Airforce, the de Havilland Mosquito, the modern Skyhawk, and Aermacchi.
The exhibition celebrates the evolution of New Zealand aviation since February 1911.
One thing is for sure, there is NO WAY that photos can do these airplanes justice. You will gasp out loud at their size, just like we did.
Things for Kids to Do at MOTAT Aviation Hall
There’s a couple of fun hands-on activities at the back left hand side of the hall.
- play with a giant puzzle of people dressed in Aviation Gear
- play with the controls on the miniature aeroplane
Hot tip: Go upstairs and in front of the lift, there’s a button. Push it, and you’ll hear the roars of an aircraft taking off! It reverberates throughout the entire shed.
MOTAT Souvenir Penny Machine
Add one to your collection.
The Inside Scoop – MOTAT Meola Road
MOTAT, Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology, 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.
Click here for the Ultimate Guide to MOTAT, including opening hours, admission prices, what to do at MOTAT, fun for kids at Motat, Motat events, Weekends at MOTAT and more.
Address: The Motat address is Building 1 MOTAT 2 – Aviation Display Hall. 190/200-208 Meola Rd, Western Springs, Auckland 1022, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 9 815 5800. Freecall 0800 668 2869
Website: Click here
Admission: The Motat Aviation Hall is included in MOTAT admission. Click here for details. A return tram ticket is included in the price.
Parking: Free parking on site. Entrance via Meola Road.
MOTAT Aviation Hall Map
Nearest food and drink options: Coffee machine and snack machines available in the lounge area of the shop. Closest cafe is Araroa Tearooms MOTAT cafe, a tram ride away, at MOTAT 1.
Toilets: Yes, including baby change table.
The Motat Aviation Hall was last reviewed in October 2018.
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