Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


March into MOTAT for Military Day

March into MOTAT for Military Day

Experience the rumble and roar of war first-hand at MOTAT’s Military Day on Sunday 5 March when you step back in time to some of the most tumultuous periods in history.

Join in the action and come dressed up in your best military outfit. There will be interactive experiences and vehicle displays as well as steam train and armoured personnel carrier rides. MOTAT will come alive with battle re-enactments, weapon fire power demonstrations and expert face painting. Visitors will also be thrilled by the roar of ex-military aircraft overhead as the New Zealand Warbirds Association fly over the Museum at 11am and 1:30pm.

MOTAT Visitor Engagement Manager, Sarah Somerville says Military Day gives visitors some insight into what life was like for both soldiers and civilians during times of unrest.

“Although it’s undoubtedly a great day out for the whole family, Military Day is also an opportunity to reflect on New Zealand’s contribution to various military campaigns. It tells a deeper story of the sacrifices made by those serving their country and helps our visitors comprehend the scale and consequences of war,” says Ms Somerville.

MOTAT’s world-class collection of wartime memorabilia will be on display alongside aircraft restored by staff and volunteers, including a Lancaster Bomber, and military vehicles dating back as early as WWI.

Round up the troops and get along to the Aviation Display Hall in Motions Road for an action-packed day.Military Day activities are included in the normal MOTAT admission fee.

Date & Times:
Sunday 5 March
MOTAT is open from 10am – 5pm
Military Day Activities run from 11am to 4pm

1000 – MOTAT opens
1100 - New Zealand Warbirds Association fly-over
1130 – World War II Pacific battle re-enactment
1200 – Weapon fire power demonstrations (15 mins)
1230 - Sword & Shield battle re-enactment
1330 - New Zealand Warbirds Association fly-over
1400 - World War II Europe battle re-enactment
1600 – Military Day closes
1700 - MOTAT Closes

MOTAT Aviation Display Hall, Meola Road, Western Springs, Auckland

Visitors can also enjoy the rest of MOTAT, including a tram ride and entry to MOTAT’s latest exhibition, The Innovators. General admission fees apply:

• Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $40

• Adults $16

• Children (under 17) $8

• Students $8

• SuperGold Card Holders FREE

• Children under 5 FREE

Public Information Number:

Phone: 0800 MOTAT NZ (0800 668 286) or visit


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Howard Davis Article: A Musical Axis - Brahms, Wagner, Sibelius

Brahms' warm and exquisitely subtle Symphony No. 3 in F major, Wagner's irrepressibly sentimental symphonic poem Siegfried Idyll, and Sibelius' chilling and immensely challenging Violin Concerto in D minor exemplify distinct stages of development in a tangled and convoluted series of skirmishes that came to define subsequent disputes about the nature of post-Romantic orchestral writing well into the following century. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: A Pale Ghost Writer

Reviewed by Ruth Brassington, Richard Flanagan's new novel is about a novelist hastily ghost-writing the biography of a crook about to go to trial. The reader is kept on a cliff-edge, as the narrator tries to get blood out of his stone man. More>>

Negotiations Begin: Equal Conditions For Men & Women In Professional Football

The trade union representing New Zealand's professional footballers has initiated bargaining for an agreement securing equal terms and conditions for men and women. If negotiated, it will be the first agreement of its kind in the world. More>>


New Zealand Wars Commemoration: Witi Ihimaera's Sleeps Standing Moetū

The second of several articles to mark Rā Maumahara, remembering the New Zealand Land Wars. The first was a Q&A with Vincent O’Malley, author of The Great War for New Zealand: Waikato 1800–2000. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Conflict & Resistance - Ria Hall's Rules of Engagement

From the aftermath of war through colonisation to her own personal convictions, Hall's new CD addresses current issues and social problems on multiple levels, confirming her position as a polemical and preeminent voice on the indigenous NZ music scene. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland