National War Memorial Carillon

Winter recital series

June 2018 to August 2018
Every Wednesday at 12.30pm
Every Sunday at 2.30pm

To celebrate the completion of a four year restoration of the National War Memorial Carillon 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 a series of 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 to wrap up warm for the recitals as we will keep calm and ‘carillon’ rain or shine!

New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) Trombone Quartet

Free concert: Saturday 21 July, 3pm, Hall of Memories

We are delighted to announce that the New Zealand School of Music (NZSM) Trombone Quartet will play a free classical concert inside the Hall of Memories at Pukeahu.

The four talented musicians will perform music by Brahms, Verdi, Bruckner, Saint Saens, Mendelssohn, Bach, Wager and others. The young players - Liam Bewley, Sullivan Van der Hoeven, Louis Williams and Andrew Yorkstone are all current students of the NZSM and regularly perform in numerous orchestras and brass bands including the New Zealand Brass Band.

No booking required – first come first served.

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.

Sign up to participate in the Last Post ceremony

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.

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

Anne Frank – Let Me Be Myself (24 May to 22 July 2018)

The travelling exhibition Anne Frank – Let Me Be Myself, the life story of Anne Frank, is being hosted in the Dominion Museum Building from late May to late July 2018. Early in 2017, the National Military Heritage Charitable Trust were approached by National Director of Education from the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand about hosting this new exhibition and its accompanying educational programme, which aims to inform young people about Anne Frank and the Holocaust, and challenge them to explore subjects like identity, prejudice and discrimination.

The Anne Frank House launched this exhibition as the successor of the acclaimed exhibition, Anne Frank – a History for Today, which has been shown in 90 countries since 1995. The worldwide launch of Let Me Be Myself was in Canberra, Australia, in February 2015.

Anne Frank – Let Me Be Myself will run at the Dominion Museum Building, 15 Buckle Street, Wellington, between May 24th and July 22nd 2018.  The exhibition has no admission charge and is open to the public from 9am – 6pm daily.

Opening & closing dates may be subject to change.

The Great War Exhibition logo attached to the exterior of the former Dominion Museum building. Credit: Photograph by Andy Palmer, Manatū Taonga.

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 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 July 2018