Pukeahu (Mount Cook), the National War Memorial Park was officially opened on 18th April 2015. Being away up north at the time we took the first opportunity after returning home after our Anzac Weekend club rally, to visit this site.
Sir Peter Jackson helped to create this $10 million exhibition to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings. It is inside the former Dominion Museum building behind the National War Memorial Carillon in Wellington. It tells the story of World War 1 from 1914 to 1919 honouring the role many Kiwis played.
As you walk into the museum you are in a "peaceful" Belgium street setting in 1914. As you walk through the exhibition you are shown the experiences of conscription and heading out for war, before viewing the recreations of battle scenes, including life-sized tanks and weapons. (Extremely realistic)
Much of the exhibits in the exhibition are from Peter Jackson's private collection and based loosely on the story of his grandad Will, while other pieces were donated from war museums in France and Belgium.
Sir Peter Jackson used the creative talents of his teams at Wingnut Films and Weta Workshop to create the experience .