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National War Memorial building closed for work
The National War Memorial Building and Carillon tower are currently closed, except for commemorations and ceremonies, while we seismically strengthen the Carillon Tower. The rest of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park is open.
Carillon Tower seismic strengthening project

Visitor information

Pukeahu Park guide

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in central Wellington is a public gathering place for ceremonial occasions and quiet reflection. Find out more about the memorials in the park and nearby sites.


There are no admission charges to visit the park or the National War Memorial.

Opening hours

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park can be visited any time.

School visits

Pukeahu offers a free hands-on opportunity to explore a range of themes related to the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. More information on the educational experiences available for groups and schools can be found on NZ History’s Te Akomanga space.

Te Akomanga (NZHistory)

Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre

Located in the former Home of Compassion Crèche is the Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre which was opened in 2016. The former crèche has been lovingly restored as a classroom, library and exhibition space and is the home of the Pukeahu Education Programme.

191 Tory St
Te Aro
Wellington 6011

Group visits

If you have a group of six or more people who would like to book in for a free tour or have further questions about educational opportunities at the park, please contact us at:

[email protected]

Keep up to date with Pukeahu

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park (Facebook)

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park (Instagram)

Getting to the park

Public Transport

Visit Metlink for public transport options. A number of buses travel along Taranaki Street with the closest bus stop just past the intersection of Taranaki and Buckle Street.



There is limited, free two-hour parking available for visitors on the northern side of the park by Mount Cook School. Access to free parking is via Martin Square, off Taranaki Street.

Access to some pay and display parking is via Buckle Street, off Tasman Street (behind the National War Memorial).


Two mobility parks can be found parallel to Buckle Street, off Martin Square.

Ceremonies at Pukeahu

The following ceremonies are held every year at the park. 

Anzac Day
25 April

Korean War commemoration
25 June

Vietnam Veterans’ Day
18 August

Merchant Navy Day
3 September

Malaya/Malaysia/Borneo commemoration
16 September

Armistice Day
11 November

National War Memorial protocols

The National War Memorial’s governance is administered by Manatū Taonga, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, through the National War Memorial Act 1992.