The Pukeahu National War Memorial Park is the national place for New Zealanders to remember and reflect on this country’s experience of war, military conflict and peacekeeping, and how that experience shapes our ideals and sense of national identity.
The development of the park is the government’s key project to acknowledge the centenary of the First World War.
On this website you can find more information about the park and the memorials, buildings and other significant sites it contains, as well as the history of Pukeahu (also called Mount Cook), on which the park sits.
The purpose of the park
The Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, which opened in April 2015, was built to create a space around the National War Memorial, which includes the carillon, the Hall of Memories and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
The park also provides a place for memorials from other countries with which New Zealand has a close military relationship, and to remember military conflicts currently not recognised in a national memorial, such as New Zealand’s ongoing role in peacekeeping operations and the New Zealand Wars of the 1800s.
Pukeahu National War Memorial Park is a place where people can gather on major ceremonial occasions such as Anzac Day, but is also a place where people can visit on any day of the year.
Visiting the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
Pukeahu National War Memorial Park is on Buckle Street in central Wellington.
There are no admission charges to visit the park or the National War Memorial.
The Last Post
The first daily public Last Post ceremony was held at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park on Anzac Day 2015. The ceremony will be conducted every evening until 11 November 2018 and the public are invited to participate by reading the ode or playing the bugle call. The ceremony begins at 5pm each night in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
Map of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
The park and National War Memorial can be visited any time.
The Hall of Memories, beneath the carillon, is open seven days a week, from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Hall of Memories is closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
There is wheelchair access, with a moveable ramp stored inside the Hall of Memories.
Getting to Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
There is limited free parking available for visitors behind the National War Memorial and on the northern side of the park by Mount Cook School.
Mobility parks can be found off Martin Square, on the right-hand side of the National War Memorial and behind the National War Memorial.
Access to parking is via Buckle Street, off Tasman Street or via Martin Square, off Taranaki Street.
If arriving by bus, use the Go Wellington services of 10, 11, 18, 21 and 47 services, which travel along Taranaki Street. The closest bus stop is just past the intersection with Buckle Street.
Public parking, including accessible parking bays, are available at the front of the Dominion Museum. Entry by car is via Tory/Tasman Streets through Pukeahu National War Memorial Park. Exit is via Taranaki Street.
Simply pay at the automatic pay station between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Parking is free for Wednesday night visitors to the Great War Exhibition which is open late on Wednesdays until 10pm. Last entry into the Exhibition is one hour prior to closing.
Large coach buses can drop off their passengers in front of the Dominion Museum which houses the Great War Exhibition.