New Zealand’s National War Memorial is located at Buckle Street in Wellington. The Memorial commemorates all New Zealanders who gave their lives in the South African War, the two World Wars, the conflicts in Malaysia and Vietnam and on peace-keeping operations world-wide.
Access inside the Memorial
The Memorial's Hall of Memories is currently closed while earthquake strengthening work takes place.
We are not providing any school visits in 2014, pending completion of the seismic upgrading work. The Memorial’s refurbishment programme will continue throughout the year, and it is advisable for visitors to phone beforehand (04 385 2496) to ensure the memorial is open for visitation. It is normal for the Memorial to be open at the weekend and you are welcome to view the Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior outside.
Visitors are welcome to visit the Tomb and the Memorial foyer during the period of strengthening work. Because of road works and construction of the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, at the bottom of the memorial steps, visitors are requested to exercise care when visiting the National War Memorial
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Image is of the National War Memorial in Wellington.
The National War Memorial is open seven days a week and is near the Basin Reserve. Learn more about opening hours and how to get there.
Vehicle access to the Memorial
The new Buckle Street diversion road opened on 25 January 2013 with new routes for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers as the Memorial Park Alliance moves towards construction of the new underpass. The intersection with SH1 and Tory St has re-opened, but drivers will no longer be able to cross between Tasman and Tory St. As at 19 November 2013, limited access using 'old' Buckle Street to reach the National War Memorial is available through Tasman Street. Please proceed with caution when visiting the Memorial by car.
Opening of the Memorial Park Underpass
The Memorial Park Underpass will be opened to traffic on Monday 29th September 2014.
The current, temporary State Highway 1 diversion road will close, as well as the intersection with the top end of Tory Street to progress the construction of the National War Memorial Park.
The attached flyer has information on the alternative routes:
• Tory St via Haining Street to Taranaki Street,
• The Vivian Street/Kent Terrace/Basin Reserve Route through the Underpass to Taranaki Street
• Access to the top end of Tory Street will only be available from Vivian St or Frederick Street.
History of the National War Memorial
Opened with a dedication ceremony on Anzac Day 25 April 1932, the history of the National War Memorial dates back to 1919. Read about the history of the National War Memorial and those involved in its construction. Find out about upcoming ceremonies taking place at the National War Memorial.
The National War Memorial features a Carillon, Hall of Memories and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. A National War Memorial Park to be based alongside the Memorial is currently under development.
Meet the Memorial staff, Timothy Hurd QSM, National Carillonist and Paul Riley, Curator.
The Memorial is governed by the National War Memorial Advisory Council through the National War Memorial Act 1992. Learn more about the protocols surrounding the Memorial.