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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


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