National War Memorial Park & Underpass

The new traffic underpass and National War Memorial Park under way in Buckle Street will be finished by April 2015 and transform 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 is a key part of New Zealand’s commemoration of the centenary of the First World War.

The project - which will be a fantastic addition to the city - is being led and largely funded by the Government . The Council is supporting it and working in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and the New Zealand Transport Agency. 

Location and project-completion date

The new Pukeahu National War Memorial Park will be in front of the National War Memorial.

It will be in place by Anzac Day 2015, the centenary of the Gallipoli landings.

Benefits of the new park

The park will enhance the setting around the war memorial and provide space for the increasing number of people attending major ceremonial occasions such as Anzac Day every year. Year-round, it will provide an attractive environment for everyone to enjoy and good walking and cycling connections. 

It will make it safer for the school children, pedestrians and cyclists who currently cross the state highway here every day.

More information

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

Artist impressions of the new park