Where to stay

Choosing where you'll stay is important and will enchance your Ngā Tapuwae experience greatly.

Ieper, Belgium

Ieper, Belgium

A small town, Ieper is easy going. Tourists come mainly for its First World War history sites and museums. A popular icon is the Cloth Hall, dating back to the 13th century, attractions include traditional Belgian beer, chocolates and markets.

1. Behind the Lines

Learn about the New Zealand effort in Ypres and Poperinge, find out about how the hospitals and transport systems worked, and see evidence of the soldiers’ sacrifice in the many cemeteries.

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2. Passchendaele

Find out about the preparations for the New Zealand and British assault, see the landscape over which the soldiers advanced, and learn how the Germans inflicted defeat upon the Allies - causing New Zealand’s darkest day.

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3. Polygon Wood

The New Zealand Division wintered here after their defeat at Passchendaele. They prepared for an attack on Polderhoek Chateau and trained in anticipation of the impending German offensive.

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4. Messines

See the remaining German bunkers where much fighting took place, hear about the painstaking preparations, the huge mine explosions - and the attack in which the New Zealanders took Messines village - resulting in complete victory.

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5. Plugstreet

Learn about the soldiers’ lives billeting near the town of Armentières and their interaction with locals. At Plugstreet, find out about life underground, and the battle at La Basseville.

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Other places of interest near Ieper

  1. In Flanders Fields Museum
    Located on the second floor of Ieper Cloth Hall, this museum focuses on the story of the First World War in the Flanders region. On the ground floor of the Cloth Hall, look out for the Ngā Tapuwae digital interactive.
    Address: Grote Markt 34, 8900 Ieper, Belgium
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  2. Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
    Focusing on the Ypres Salient, this museum is a great introduction to Passchendaele.
    Address: Berten Pilstraat 5a, 8980 Zonnebeke, Belgium
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  3. Talbot House
    Also known as Toc H, Talbot House is a living museum where soldiers once relaxed and escaped the war.
    Address: Gasthuisstraat 43, 8970 Poperinge, Belgium
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  4. Visitor centre Lijssenthoek
    The centre provides an interactive history of the area during the war.
    Address: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Boescheepseweg 35A, 8970 Poperinge
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  5. St Julien Canadian Memorial
    Known as the Brooding Soldier, this memorial commemorates the Canadian 1st Division soldiers who died during fighting, 22 to 24 April 1915.
    Address: N313, 8920 Langemark-Poelkapelle, Belgium
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  6. Langemark German Cemetery
    Langemark is one of four German cemeteries in the Flanders region.
    Address: Klerkenstraat 64, 8920 Poelkapelle, Belgium
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  7. Saint-Charles de Potyze Cemetery
    This French cemetery holds over 4,000 soldiers from nearby battlefields and the site itself was close to the frontline during the First World War.
    Address: N332 Potijze-Zonnebeke road
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  8. Pool of Peace
    This crater is where the largest of the 19 mines blown by the British exploded.
    Address: Kruisstraat, 8953 Heuvelland, Belgium
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  9. Caterpillar Crater
    Near Hill 60, the Caterpillar Crater is a popular site.
    Address: Zwarteleenstraat, 8902 Ieper, Belgium
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  10. Brouwerij Kazematten
    Originally casemates housing military equipment, this historic location is now home to a brewery, with tours by appointment.
    Address: Houten Paard 0, 8900 Ieper, Belgium
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