Experience the ‘Warriors Walk’ at Karori Cemetery
Take your whānau on the ‘Warriors Walk’ at Karori Serviceman’s Cemetery. The cemetery was established in 1916 by the Wellington City Council, the first and largest such cemetery to be established in New Zealand.
Other local councils followed suit, setting aside specific areas so that each of the dead would be commemorated individually, the memorial would be permanent and uniform, and there would be no distinction made on the basis of military or civil rank, race or creed. Unlike other countries, interment is not restricted to those who died on active service but is open to all war veterans.
A programme of ongoing maintenance work at the Karori cemetery services area has gone well and the area looks much better than it did a few years ago.
Do the walk on foot, or virtually.
Friends of Karori cemetery talks
On Anzac Day the Friends of Karori Cemetery are presenting two talks in the oldest part of the Services area at Karori. These will cover the history and development of the dedicated area, the role of the National Women's Reserve, the impact the 1918 influenza epidemic had on its expansion, and of course stories of some of the men buried who had served at Gallipoli. The talks are scheduled for 1.30 and 3.30pm and are free public events with an optional gold coin donation to the Friends. More information is on the Facebook event.
Visit the Wrights Hill Fortress
Wellington’s historic Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori is open for public inspection again on Anzac Day. The World War Two coastal battery first opened to the public in 1989 and will be accessible between 10am-4pm. Visitors will be able to explore the 620 metres of underground tunnels with a free map and history pamphlet. They will see the engine room, shell stores, plotting rooms and the huge gun pit where Gun Number 1 used to stand, as well as a replica of the 10 metre-long gun barrel. Open Days - Wrights Hill Fortress
Special tour of Gallipoli Exhibition at Te Papa
For a limited time, you can do a special tour of the Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War. The Gallipoli Tour runs 22-26 April.
The exhibition tells the story of the Gallipoli campaign in World War I through the eyes and words of eight ordinary New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances.