The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson, commemorates the role played by New Zealand in the First World War.
Master film-maker, Sir Peter Jackson, with the support of ANZ, has created the global story of the First World War at The Great War Exhibition. A stunning array of movie-like sets depict the war; scene by scene; year by year. From the massive 10-tonne tank and 11-tonne gun to the 5,000 tiny hand-painted figurines which re-enact the battle of Chunuk Bair, the artefacts are rare and thought provoking.
But perhaps it is the hundreds of photographs from the era which have been painstakingly colourised that really melt away the last 100 years.
This is truly a world-class exhibition, acclaimed by international visitors and New Zealanders alike. It shows the hardship and bravery of those who lived through this pivotal time in history – the horrors of war as well as the bravery and spirit which endured.
Housed within the beautiful Pukeahu National War Memorial Park it is a must-see.
Visit to see the global story of the First World War in vivid, poignant colour. The Exhibition is open every day except Christmas Day.Find out more
See history being brought to life in The Great War Exhibition. Catering for school visits and teachers’ professional development, the Education Team will shine a light on what it is to be a New Zealander.Find out more
A lesson in history
“Having been to Gallipoli, ANZAC Cove etc. this brought back memories of being there. It showed the real hardships the soldiers had to put up with, both there and in Europe. Highly recommended.”
“We were “blown away” by the intricately detailed exhibits which were totally lifelike. Our Guide was on top of her game and provided a whimsical commentary that added to the experience.”
A wonderful history lesson
“Fabulous work by Peter Jackson, as expected, and amazing exhibits that were succinctly explained and often based on genuine artifacts. Admission is now $15 per adult but worth every cent!”