National War Memorial Park & Underpass

The new traffic underpass and Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Buckle Street are now complete and have transformed this part of the city.

Artist impression of new Memorial Park.

Artist's impression of the new memorial park



In August 2012, the Government announced the project to put Buckle Street (State Highway 1) underground to create a National War Memorial precinct. 

This project was a key part of New Zealand’s commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.

The new park and Arras Tunnel - which are fantastic additions to the city - were largely funded by the Government. The Council supported the project and worked in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and the New Zealand Transport Agency throughout their development. With assistance from the Government, we will maintain and look after the park from now on. 

Benefits of the new park

The park has significantly improved the setting around the war memorial and provides space for the increasing number of people attending major ceremonial occasions such as Anzac Day every year. Year-round, it provides another great park and public space  for everyone to enjoy as well as good walking and cycling connections. 

More information

For more information see:
Pukeahu National War Memorial Park - NZ Transport Agency
National War Memorial Park - Ministry of Culture and Heritage

Artist impressions of the new park