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

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Let our knowledgeable tour guides 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 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).

Please book your tour at the website.

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