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Tue 5 Dec 2017, 9:00am–6:00pm
Wed 6 Dec 2017, 9:00am–6:00pm
Fri 8 Dec 2017, 9:00am–6:00pm
Sat 9 Dec 2017, 9:00am–6:00pm
Sun 10 Dec 2017, 9:00am–6:00pm

Where: The Great War Exhibition, Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, Buckle St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult Admission: $15.00
  • Child Admission, 16 years and under: $0.00
  • Adult Guided Tour (including admission): $25.00
  • Child Guided Tour, 16 years and under (including admission): $5.00
  • Family Front Guided Tour, 2 adults & a children (including admission): $55.00

Passchendaele—New Zealand’s Darkest Day is a powerful new temporary exhibition about New Zealander’s experiences in the tragic Battle of Passchendaele.

This audio-visual based exhibition portrays the disastrous events of 12th October 1917 at Passchendaele. Passchendaele—New Zealand’s Darkest Day also features original letters and military equipment loaned from Wellington families, whose forbears fought and died on that day.

The Battle of Passchendaele is a stark symbol of the mud, mayhem and slaughter of the First World War. In July 1917, the British launched a series of assaults against German forces who were holding the ridge on which the village of Passchendaele stood, overlooking the city of Ypres, Belgium. Hundreds of thousands of troops from both sides fought and died.

The tragedy of October 12th 1917 is considered the darkest day in New Zealand’s military history. This slaughter occurred within a few short hours, with 843 New Zealand men losing their lives and close to 2,000 more being wounded.

Floor talks about Passchendaele will be held at The Great War Exhibition on Saturday 7th October (11:30am & 2:30pm), Sunday 8th October (11:30am & 2:30pm) and Thursday 12th October (11am & 2pm).

Passchendaele—New Zealand’s Darkest Day was produced by Story Inc. and Dusk, and funded by the Lottery Grants Board. The fourth of seven temporary exhibitions, the show gives The Great War Exhibition a chance to tell the lesser-known stories the First World War.

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