Fields of Remembrance

From 18 April to 9 May, part of Wellington Botanic Garden will become a place to reflect on and remember those who died in World War One 1915-1918.

A field full of white crosses representing soldiers who died during the first two years of World War 1.

The White Crosses project is a nationwide initiative. This field consists of a named cross for every man and woman from the Wellington region who died over 100 years ago.

884 crosses were installed on the Salamanca Lawn site in 2015, 965 in 2016, and 1570 in 2017.

In 2018, the final year of the WW100 Commemorations, there will be an additional 1,851 white crosses, which brings the total to 5,270 individuals from the Wellington region who died in World War One.

Fields of Remembrance is located near the Henry Moore sculpture. You can park in the Lady Norwood Rose Garden car park and follow the path up to Salamanca Lawn. Drop-offs and pick-ups are possible on Salamanca Road or at the MetService car park. Please be aware that the pathway to Fields of Remembrance is steep.

Crosses available for collection

The installation is open to all, and this year we’d also like to encourage the public to come and collect the crosses of their friends or relatives on Sunday 6 May between 10am-4pm – when staff will be on hand to help find them. Alternatively get in touch with our Contact Centre by email or phone 04 499 4444 with details of the relative/friend before Sunday 6 May so the team can put it aside for collection.