The National War Memorial is located on Buckle Street in Wellington city. It is a short walk from the Basin Reserve.
The Memorial is open seven days a week, Mondays to Saturdays from 10.30am to 4.30pm and Sundays from 12pm to 4.30pm. There are no admission charges to visit the Memorial. The Memorial is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
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.
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 to the National War Memorial using 'old' Buckle Street is available via Tasman Street. Please proceed with caution when visiting the Memorial by car.
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There is limited free parking available behind the National War Memorial for visitors and there is wheelchair access with a moveable ramp stored inside the Memorial.
View a Vimeo video clip that provides a bird's eye view of the National War Memorial from the sky.