Pukeahu Historic Tour

Let our knowledgeable tour guides take you on a journey through layers of fascinating history at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Bookings are essential.

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 jail 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 and is home to The Great War Exhibition.

Date & time: Tour departure 11am daily 23-29th October (bookings essential). Or timing by arrangement for group of 10+. Tour lasts 50 minutes.

Cost: 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).

Host: The Great War Exhibition
Contact: info@greatwarexhibition.nz or 049782500

This event is part of Wellington City Heritage Week. There are over 20 community hosted events throughout the city between 23-29th October that showcase the city’s identity and culture.

See more events at: https://wellingtoncityheritageweek.co.nz/

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