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 recreated 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 Great War Exhibition is open every day except Christmas Day.

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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.

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What’s on

The Great War Exhibition and Puekahu National War Memorial Park host a range of exhibits and events throughout the year. See what's coming up in the near future.

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