National War Memorial Carillon
Spring recital series
Every Wednesday at 12.30pm
Every Friday at 12.30pm
Every Sunday at 2.30pm
Due to popular demand, from September we have added a Friday lunch time recital to our regular performances. We invite you to Pukeahu to hear National Carillonist, Timothy Hurd QSM, playing the Carillon bells– all 74 of them (but probably not at the same time!) at our regular free recitals. Spice up your weekday lunchtime or Sunday afternoon with the sounds of the Carillon.
As the Carillon is best heard from outside, we recommend you bring a coat for the recitals as we will keep calm and ‘carillon’ rain or shine!
On occassion we have visiting military bands and guest performers - so do check this page regularly or follow us on Facebook for event updates.
The Last Post
The first daily public Last Post ceremony was held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on Anzac Day 2015. The ceremony will be conducted every evening until 11 November 2018 and the public are invited to participate by reading the Ode or playing the bugle call. The ceremony begins at 5pm each night in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
Every Sunday until November 2018 prior to the Last Post, we will be telling a story about the life and wartime experiences of a New Zealander who died as a result of their service in the First World War.
We will be posting these monthly stories on the NZHistory website as well as displaying their story inside the Hall of Memories alongside the Roll of Honour.
Upcoming ceremonies at the National War Memorial
More details will be added to this page shortly.
16 September - Malaya and Malaysia Operations Commemoration
New Zealand’s contribution to military operations in Malaya and Malaysia from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s will be commemorated in a national service held in the Hall of Memories, National War Memoria at 11.00am. Members of the public are welcome to attend and are asked to be seated in the Hall of Memories by 10.45am.
11 November - Armistice Day
Generally most ceremonies take place inside the Hall of Memories at 11am. Often there is limited public seating but we will do our best to accommodate you.
The Great War Exhibition
The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson, commemorates the very significant part that New Zealand played in the First World War. The visitor will journey through the war, year by year, seeing the challenges that emerged. The journey is rich in personal stories which tell of the gritty experience of the battlefields and the hardships at home during war-time New Zealand. The visitor will experience the desperate horrors and the triumphs of the human spirit that were part of the Great War.
The Great Hall of Wellington’s historic Dominion Museum houses the Exhibition that depicts the world-wide story of the war in chronological order, exploring the changing face of the conflict as it affected those who fought it from 1914-1918.
The End of the War? Exhibition
A new audio-visual exhibition highlighting the effect of the First World War on New Zealand families opened on 26 July 2018. Leading up to commemorations of Armistice Day in November, this exhibition is a reminder that although the Great War ended, its effect on New Zealand society did not. Find out more information here.
The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience
Live moment to moment, as the ANZAC troops did in the trenches at GallipolI, only a bomb’s throw away from the Turks. In this unique re-creation of Quinn’s Post, encounter the noise, the explosions, the stench, the confined environment those men had to deal with during the ferocious struggle between opposing forces. At times confronting, this will be an experience like no other!
The Trench Experience may be booked as a stand-alone option, however, our combo deal is the best way to experience The Great War Exhibition and Quinn’s Post Trench Experience. Our combo includes admission, a 45-minute guided tour from one of our knowledgeable guides and the 30-minute sensory experience within The Trench.
The Quinn’s Post Trench sensory experience may not be suitable for all visitors.
To book a tour or to find out more information on The Great War Exhibition, please visit their website.
Updated on 12th September 2018