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Fri 16 Feb 2018, 9:00am–6:00pm
Sat 17 Feb 2018, 9:00am–6:00pm
Sun 18 Feb 2018, 9:00am–6:00pm
Mon 19 Feb 2018, 9:00am–6:00pm
Tue 20 Feb 2018, 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

100 years ago, our soldiers were part of the army that captured Jerusalem. Their war, fought on horseback across the ancient Holy Lands of Sinai and Palestine, may have sounded romantic. But the reality was often harsh and heart breaking. War in the Holy Lands, an audio-visual touring exhibition, takes you on their journey.

In 1916, New Zealand mounted soldiers joined the British attack on Sinai, fighting to protect the strategically important Suez Canal from the soldiers of the Ottoman Empire. Over the next two years they fought in what is now Egypt, Israel, the West Bank and Jordan.

Places like Jericho, Bethlehem and Jerusalem were familiar to the men from Sunday School lessons, but harsh battles, hordes of flies, extreme temperatures, poverty, and rampant malaria meant that the reality was far from the romantic vision of the Holy Land held by those at home. Horses played a major role in the Middle East campaigns. The bond between animal and rider was strong, and only made stronger on the battlefield, but most of these valiant beasts would never return home.

The ‘Mounteds’ gained a formidable reputation as fighters, but it was not all glory. Following the end of the war, one of the most shameful events in New Zealand’s military history occurred, an attack on civilians in the Palestinian village of Surafend.

War in the Holy Lands, is created by Story Inc. and Dusk, and funded by the Lottery Grants Board. The fifth of seven touring exhibitions, the show gives The Great War Exhibition a chance to tell the lesser-known stories the First World War.

To see Holy Lands and book a guided tour of The Great War Exhibition, visit The Great War Exhibition site (above).

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