Sir Peter Jackson uses cutting edge technology to bring new trench experience to life

A world first sensory experience will be officially opened at The Great War Exhibition in Wellington, on Saturday April 14.

A world first sensory experience will be officially opened at The Great War Exhibition in Wellington, on Saturday April 14.

Created by Sir Peter Jackson, The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience combines his world acclaimed storytelling artistry with a personal passion for First World War military history and stories of the experiences of New Zealand soldiers.

Set at Quinn’s Post, a tenuously held frontline position on the Gallipoli Peninsula, visitors will enter another world of the grit and hardship experienced by New Zealand soldiers during this ill-fated campaign.

With the help of cutting edge technology, visitors will be guided through Quinn’s Post by the ghosts of New Zealand soldiers. Guests will experience the sights, sounds and even smells of Gallipoli 1915.

This addition to The Great War Exhibition provides visitors the opportunity to experience the bleak and dangerous conditions soldiers endured during the Gallipoli campaign. The exhibition opens as New Zealanders and Australians prepare for ANZAC Day on April 25, a national day for both countries to pay tribute to the brave people that were in Gallipoli.  

“We hope visitors find the experience both exciting and insightful. It is truly immersive and will, we believe, bring people as close as you can get to experiencing the conditions faced by our Anzac troops”, says Clare Olssen, Executive Producer at Wingnut Films.

Great care has been taken to ensure that the terraces, tunnels and trenches accurately reflect those of Quinn’s Post as it was in 1915.

“The intent of The Great War Exhibition has always been for visitors to gain increased understanding and awareness of New Zealand’s military history, and the impact of the First World War upon our society” said General Manager, Dave Clearwater.

Over 350 intricately timed DMX lighting, audio and video circuits are controlled over a dedicated network.

More than 50 speakers and 38 amplifiers installed throughout the experience ensure visitors feel totally immersed in the atmosphere.

This is the latest addition to the ground-breaking Great War Exhibition which opened in Wellington on April 2015. The Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson and supported by ANZ, commemorates the role played by New Zealand in the First World War, and has received international acclaim since opening. It is the highest rating 5 star attraction on TripAdvisor in Wellington.

The Great War Exhibition, is located in the Dominion Museum building, and forms an integral part of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. The Exhibition is open daily between 9am – 6pm. Admission fees apply.