For further information, please read the joint Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Massey University press release.

See the Quinn’s Post Trench Experience!

The Trench - Great War Exhibition

Live moment to moment, as the ANZAC troops did in the trenches at Gallipoli, only a bomb’s throw away from the Turks. In this unique re-creation of Quinn’s Post, encounter the noise, the explosions, the stench, the confined environment those men had to deal with during the ferocious struggle between opposing forces. At times confronting, this will be an experience like no other!

The Trench Experience may be booked as a stand-alone option, however, our combo deal is the best way to experience The Great War Exhibition and Quinn’s Post Trench Experience. Our combo includes admission, a 45-minute guided tour from one of our knowledgeable guides and the 30-minute sensory experience within The Trench.

See Sir Peter Jackson’s interview on TV3, or the articles and videos at Stuff, and NZ Herald  or read about the making of the Trench.

To ensure you have the best experience, Trench groups are limited to six to eight people per session.  Sessions run approximately every ten minutes.  The Quinn’s Post Trench sensory experience may not be suitable for all visitors.

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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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