Although not a place that we can easily fly to, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) is a very worthwhile drive to spend a day or half day. Situated only a 15 minute drive from the Auckland CBD, or 1/2 hour drive from Ardmore, it has two sections, the main section at Western Springs and the aircraft section at Meola Rd. I have visited MOTAT a number of times since my first visit in the mid 1970ís, and am impressed with the improvements made, especially to the aircraft park, aircraft restorations, and hangarage. Even the aircraft restoration hangar is worth a peek from the outside. (I guess OSH requirements preclude visitors walking amongst the projects as we were able in the past.) Large aircraft like the Sunderland, Solent, Harpoon, Lodestar and Dakota are being restored or repainted outside, with an Avenger, and others being restored inside. A Westland Wasp peeks out from under covers, obviously in the condition it was in when retired from Royal NZ Navy service recently.
In the main hangar reside about 30 various aircraft, ranging in size from the largest taildragger in NZ, Avro Lancaster, through DH Mosquito, Fairey Swordfish (replica), DH Dominie, Vampire, Hudson, Beech Kanson (ex Aerial Mapping), Lockheed 10A Electra, P-40 Kittyhawk and recently arrived Douglas A-4K Skyhawk.
The standard of the exhibits is world class, and this is not to mention the main MOTAT site, a short tram ride away, housing other forms of transport, trains, trams, buses, fire engines, and other items of technology from the last 100 or so years.
See our photos here
See the MOTAT website here