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.
Pukeahu National War Memorial Park group visits
Our education team offers facilitated visits to Pukeahu National War Memorial Park for school and other groups.
What you need to know
- A minimum of one hour is recommended to explore Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and visit the National War Memorial. Schools are welcome to lay a wreath at the conclusion of their visit however we recommend you allow an additional 15 minutes for this.
- Group size is limited to 35 or fewer, although larger groups may be accommodated by prior arrangement.
- For school visits, standard adult-to-student ratios apply.
- Pukeahu is suitable for all ages.
- Bookings are essential.
The above form is to be used for school visits to both the National War Memorial and The Great War Exhibition. Further details are available on The Great War Exhibition's website.
Risk Assessment Management form
Please read Pukeahu's Risk Assessment Management (RAM) form here prior to your visit.
We've also developed a framework which 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 will be 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.
Click here to download three colouring-in sheets featuring images from Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.
For further information about the education programme at Pukeahu, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about our education programme.
Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre
This centre complements students’ visits to the National War Memorial and to the Great War Exhibition in the adjacent former Dominion Museum.
Exterior of the Education Centre in August 2016. Photo by Mark Tantrum.
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 Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key and the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon Maggie Barry. Learn more about this historic building here.
The Prime Minister John Key and Sir Jerry Mateparae at the Education Centre in August 2016. Photo by Mark Tantrum.
The opening of this dedicated education centre means students will be able to learn and do their own research into the impact of war on New Zealand and gain a deeper understanding of this country’s role in peacekeeping activities throughout the world. The education centre is fitted with Wi-Fi for both staff and visitors and complete with the latest operating systems including touch-screen technology, the centre provides an inter-active environment for student learning.
Some of the students and staff from nearby Mt Cook School, Wellington High, Wellington College and Baradene College in Auckland who have been involved in developing the learning programme and activities. Photo by Mark Tantrum.