The Developed Operation
The 'New Zealand Wars Interpretation Centre at Queen's Redoubt' is being developed first and foremost as a historic and educational visitor attraction. This will:
- Achieve the public interest and educational objectives of the Queen’s Redoubt Trust, and
- Generate revenue for the maintenance and further development of the Redoubt as a significant visitor/historic place, including the support of research into New Zealand Wars.
The development of 'The New Zealand Wars Interpretation Centre at Queen's Redoubt' will consist of:
- Partial reconstruction and interpretation of the defences and aspects of the interior of Queen’s Redoubt (including reconstructed buildings);
- A Visitor Centre. The present small Visitor Centre inside the Redoubt was completed in 2015 and most displays are now in place, with the remainder erected by November 2019. Looking further ahead, the Queen's Redoubt Trust, proposes to build a more substantial Visitor Centre outside the redoubt. It will incorporate a museum and interpretation centre dealing with Queen's Redoubt, the Pokeno district, the Waikato War and the wider New Zealand Wars; a coffee shop/restaurant, souvenir and book shop, and other necessary public facilities; and:
- The New Zealand Wars Memorial/ Whakamaharatanga, which may include the names of Maori and Pakeha who lost their lives in the New Zealand Wars, but the final form at has not been decided upon yet.
- Timing of these future activities has not yet been determined.