2018 Wellington Heritage Week Wartime Tours

Wellington Heritage Week

Staff at The Great War Exhibition are, once again, thrilled to be hosting specialty tours during Wellington City Heritage Week (22nd – 28th  October 2018).

Fascinating Pukeahu Historic Tours

Our knowledgeable tour guides will take you on a journey through layers of fascinating history at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

Understand the history at Pukeahu, Mt Cook, in the heart of the city and how it was transformed from a site of Maori occupation, to a military barracks, and now a site of national remembrance.

Pukeahu, which means sacred hill, was named by Ngai Tara iwi several centuries ago. In the 1840s British settlers renamed the hill Mount Cook and built a military stronghold on it. In 1879 the site’s gaol was used to hold prisoners from Parihaka. After World War I, the government chose Pukeahu as the location for the new national war memorial and museum complex. The War Memorial and Carillon opened in 1932 and the Dominion Museum in 1936. During WWII the Museum was converted into our national military headquarters. Rumours abound of secret tunnels under Mount Cook dating from this time. The building is now listed as one of our most significant interwar public buildings.

Pukeahu Historic Tours Wellington City Heritage Week

Pukeahu Historic Tours are free – Receive a complimentary $10 Guided Tour Voucher of The Great War Exhibition to use on the day. ($15 admission into the exhibition still applies).

Tours depart at 11.00am daily 22nd – 28th  October.  Or timing by arrangement for group of 10+. Tour lasts 50 minutes. Bookings are essential. Please book online or contact our friendly staff by emailing info@greatwarexhibition.nz

Wellington Heritage Week 2018, 22nd – 28th  October, explores Wellington’s people, places and stories through torus, exhibitions, open properties, films, and discussions. Over 20 events throughout the city and region, suitable for all interests and ages.

Sponsored by Wellington City Council, Museums Wellington, Wellington Civic Trust, and Wellington Community Trust. Visit wellingtonheritageweek.co.nz for more information.