National War Memorial Carillon

Free Carillon recitals

Every Wednesday at 12.30pm
Every Friday at 12.30pm
Every Sunday at 2.30pm

We invite you to Pukeahu to hear National Carillonist, Timothy Hurd QSM, playing the Carillon bells – all 74 of them (but probably not at the same time!) at our regular free recitals. Spice up your weekday lunchtime or Sunday afternoon with the sounds of the Carillon. Feel free to bring a picnic along.

As the Carillon is best heard from outside, we recommend you bring a coat for the recitals as we will keep calm and ‘carillon’ rain or shine!   

On occasion we have visiting military bands and guest performers - so do check this page regularly or follow us on facebook for event updates.

Upcoming ceremonies at the National War Memorial

Members of the public are welcome to attend these ceremonies. If attending, please be seated inside the Hall of Memories by 10.45am.

6 June 11:00am National Commemoration of the Normandy Landings - 75th anniversary
25 June 11:00am National Commemoration of the Anniversary of the Korean War - 69th anniversary
18 August 11:00am National Commemoration of Vietnam Veterans Day – 54th anniversary
3 September 11:00am National Commemoration of Merchant Navy Day - 80th anniversary
18 September 11:00am National Commemoration of Post-War Malaya/Malaysia Operations Veterans Day - 71st anniversary
11 November 11:00am National Commemoration of the Anniversary of Armistice Day

More details about Pukeahu ceremonies will be added to this page as events arise.

Wellington Jazz Festival - free concert at the National War Memorial, 8 June

As part of this annual festival, a free performance featuring Al Fraser and Phil Boniface is taking place on Saturday 8 June at 7pm inside the Hall of Memories. 

Ponguru is a conversation between ancient and contemporary voices. With Ponguru, Al Fraser and Phil Boniface bring together the many voices of nga taonga pa and the low voice of the doublebass in an exploration of timbre, space, melody, and our shared musical language. This performance at The National War Memorial Carillon features original compositions and improvisations from Ponguru, as well as new music developed from concerts Al and Phil have performed throughout Aotearoa and abroad. The music from Ponguru has been toured with Chamber Music New Zealand and performed in Melbourne at the Tilde New Music Festival in 2019.

Limited seating is available so please bring a cushion to ensure your comfort.

More details are available on the Welllington Jazz Festival website.

Loemis 2019 - Future Cities Wellington, Sunday 16 June

What does it mean for a city to dream?

Born in the megacity of Tokyo, Future Cities is a new kind of shared experience that uses light and sound projections to explore the world.

Brought to us by Derive, a Tokyo based collective, this Wellington edition of Future Cities will transform the Hall of Memories, taking you on a conceptual journey from forgotten forests to impossible cityscapes, combining memories of the past and the future.

Future Cities is led by the powerful digital visuals of Cody Ellingham (NZ / Japan) and Ruben Fro (Italy); and accompanied by a moving soundscape of epic proportions created live by SJF (UK). Takes place inside the Hall of Memories, Sunday 16 June from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Doors open at 7pm, please arrive early – no latecomers can be admitted.

Purchase tickets here - this ticket is a Pay What You Can system set up to allow maximum accessibility. The event is entirely non-profit and any money generated goes directly towards supporting the artists.


Updated on 21st May 2019