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.

Located just 15 minutes walk from Te Papa and the waterfront it is a place of quiet reflection in central Wellington, our capital city. There are no admission charges to visit the park or the National War Memorial.

The Ministry has received a detailed seismic assessment report on the National War Memorial. While we work through this report and make sure we understand any implications, we have decided to temporarily close the National War Memorial building.

Map of Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

Opening hours 

Pukeahu National War Memorial Park can be visited any time. 

Wheelchair access

There is wheelchair access, with a moveable ramp stored inside the Hall of Memories.

Click here to view Wellington City Council's Acccessible Wellington map. This map of central Wellington provides information about accessible services and facilities in Wellington, including the locations of mobility parks, accessible toilets, drinking fountains and venues which have hearing loops available.

Getting to Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

By car

There is limited free two hour parking available for visitors 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. Visitors to the Park who have a mobility badge displayed in their car can park for up to four hours in any of the parking bays along the two lanes running next to the memorials. 

Access to parking is via Buckle Street, off Tasman Street or via Martin Square, off Taranaki Street.

Aerial photo of Pukeahu Park which features a view of the mobility parks near Martin Square. Credit: Memorial Park Alliance.

By public transport

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

Updated on 16th March 2021