Visiting Pukeahu National War Memorial Park is a time to reflect, but also to learn. A visit to the park is an essential experience for schools investigating themes relating to New Zealand's military history and concepts relating to national identity, expressions of citizenship and commemoration.

The National War Memorial is the heart of the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. The education programme includes visits to the National War Memorial and Pukeahu.

The education programme supports the New Zealand curriculum and is relevant to a number of areas. It is student focused with an inquiry-based approach. Based on the old adage, tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand, students, with the aid of experienced educators, are helped to construct their own understanding of the themes and content on display. Questions are posed, evidence is gathered, and decisions are made to improve learning outcomes for students.

We can tailor a programme to meet the learning needs of your group – or you can select from one of our themes.

School group visits - essential information

  • A minimum of one hour is recommended to explore Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and visit the National War Memorial. 
  • Group size is limited to 40 or fewer, although larger groups may be accommodated by prior arrangement
  • For school visits, standard adult-to-student ratios apply (RAM form available here)
  • Pukeahu is suitable for all ages
  • Advance bookings are essential for all school or education group visits
  • Pukeahu is within walking distance of both Government House Wellington and Te Papa, contact us to discuss options if you are looking at combining your visit to other attractions.

Book here for school group visits.

Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre

In August 2016 the Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park was opened by the former Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae accompanied by the former Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key and the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Maggie Barry. Visit NZHistory to learn more about the former Home of Compassion Creche building.

Exterior of Pukeahu Education Centre, photo by Mark Tantrum.

With over 10,000 students through the education programme already the Centre is a place for us to expand our programme to include civics education and an active citizenship experience. It is a place for students to create meaningful responses to their experience here at Pukeahu.

Risk Assessment Management (RAM) Form

Please read Pukeahu's Risk Assessment Management (RAM) form prior to your visit.

Framework for the Education Programme at Pukeahu

This pedagogical framework for the education programme here at Pukeahu presents a series of nine principles that are intended as ‘design tools’ for developing powerful learning experiences for teachers contemplating a visit to Pukeahu. 

Additional Material for Schools

Additional material is available online to help schools prepare for visits and to support their learning during and following a visit. This material will also support those unable to visit in person.

(04) 528 1140
Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre, 18 Buckle Street (off Tory Street), Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
PO Box 5364, Wellington 6145

Driving access from Tory St. Turn left down unmarked driveway after 169-179 Tory St, opposite Tory Hall. 


Updated on 23rd September 2019