MOTAT have an extensive collection of items and possess very rare treasures which are of national significance to the people of New Zealand.

Volunteers have worked to support operations from the beginning. Since the passing of the MOTAT Act in 2000, MOTAT has also been able to employ professional museum staff to aid development. 

MOTAT provides a rich learning environment for all ages with our changing exhibitions, school holiday experiences, unique events and live activities.

To ensure projects can move forward at MOTAT fundraising is important. Our funding model is a mixed funding/revenue model and it is detailed in our Annual Plan.  The Annual Plan shows that our funding is a mixture of Auckland Council funding (as laid out in the Museum of Transport and Technology Act), and user pays revenue - predominantly admission revenue, shop revenue and facility hire. These sources of funding cover day to day operations, and some capital expenditure.  The Act also requires that our dependency on the Council for funding is reduced.  Our Annual Plan therefore also sets targets for donations and sponsorship to cover some of the capital expenditure, or expenditure outside the normal operational costs.

Money raised via Winefunder will be used to support ongoing projects within MOTAT’s Collections Hub


  • Restoration of Rail Carriage 1819
  • Boiler retubing of the L Class Locomotive L507
  • Restoration of the Oberursel Locomotive



  • Upgrading Steam Tram No 100
  • Restoration of Tram trailer 21



  • complete restoration of the Aranui – Short Solent Mk IV
  • Complete the interior of the Sunderland V flying boat


Road Transport

  • Restore the Harley Davidson Boardracer



  • Pumphouse boiler to be retubed and re-certified lmited (a New Zealand owned company) is trading as

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