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Book your Wellington holiday NOW – you don’t want to miss this.

Time’s running out to see Gallipoli – The scale of our war at Te Papa Tongarewa.

The museum’s announced the ground-breaking interactive exhibition will close on ANZAC Day next year.

Nearly 3-million New Zealanders and overseas visitors have visited the exhibition since it opened, making it the most visited exhibition in Aoteoroa New Zealand’s history.

If you haven’t seen it, book your Marram holiday home now and head to Wellington, you won’t regret it. Remember the homes can be booked up to 12 months in advance, and if your travel plans are affected by a change in Covid alert levels to 3 or 4, Marram offers a 100% refund on house bookings.

The exhibition created by Te Papa and Weta Workshop tells the story of Gallipoli through the eyes of eight ordinary Kiwis who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.

Creative Director Sir Richard Taylor says they wanted to go beyond the numbers and statistics and tell very personal stories that connect us with the human experience – and he certainly has done that.

Taking my three grandsons to the exhibition was a wonderful experience. From the moment they stepped inside they were mesmerised, completely immersed in the story and the usual hijinks quickly turned to quieter reflection and many questions.

Being interactive, they were able to try on the uniforms, lie on the bunks, check out the rations and see the reality of life in the trenches.

As Te Papa’s Board Chair Evan Williams hoped, it certainly fostered empathy and was the starting point for some powerful conversations. Be prepared for all the feels.

The opportunity at the end to write a note and send it floating in the waters of remembrance was almost too much, my eyes got wet.

There was a reassuring hand on my back.

“Don’t worry Nanny, I think they’d be happy, because we haven’t forgotten them.”

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Marram Content Editor

Sue Burgin