The National War Memorial commemorates New Zealanders who gave their lives in the South African War, two World Wars, the conflicts in Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam and on world-wide peace-keeping operations. It also honours the servicemen and women who served in those wars.
Almost every New Zealand city or town has its own war memorial dedicated to their citizens who perished in conflict. The National War Memorial commemorates all New Zealanders who died in war, and honours the servicemen and women who served their country in war.
New Zealand's National War Memorial consists of two buildings from two different eras: The War Memorial Carillon and the Hall of Memories.
The art-deco Carillon tower opened on Anzac Day 1932, and the Hall of Memories was completed in 1964.
The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior contains the remains of a New Zealand soldier who died on the Western Front during World War I, but whose body could not be identified. He is a symbol of remembrance for all the New Zealanders who never made the journey home.
Carillon recitals occur at 12 noon Monday to Friday and 2:30pm on Sunday.