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First World War centenary commemorations

Ngā whakamaumahara rautau ki te Pakanga Tuatahi o te Ao

Auckland's First World War heritage trail

What you will see on this heritage trail

An elderly couple with a young child looking at a trail information board

The 56 sites on the trail reflect the themes of this commemorative period including:

  • going to war
  • training, administration and defence
  • the home front
  • the economic war effort
  • opposition to the war and enemy aliens
  • rehabilitation and remembrance.

We acknowledge the generous support of local museums, historians, historical societies and individuals in sharing their stories, photographs and research.


How to do the trail

​The trail is not intended to be followed sequentially or as a walking trail.

Instead, we encourage you to visit sites in your own time, to discover places that are relevant to you and your local community, and to learn more about other places in our region.


Get the Auckland's First World War heritage trail brochure

Brochures are also available from your local library or council service centre.


Find out the STQRY

Download the free STQRY smartphone app from the App Store or Google Play. Use QR codes along the trail for more information about each site.

You can also see the information on the STQRY Auckland's First World War heritage trail website.

Returned soldiers parade through Waiuku on foot and horseback in heavy rain, July 1919

Returned soldiers parade through Waiuku on foot and horseback in heavy rain, July 1919 - South Auckland Research Centre, Auckland Libraries (Courtesy of Waiuku Museum Society, 442, Footprints 04579)


Get involved at Auckland Domain

At the Auckland War Memorial Museum

You can get involved and contribute to Auckland's First World War commemorations through the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, a large white building, on an expanse of grass with picnickers

Visit a war memorial gallery, attend a memorial event, or share and contribute to the Online Cenotaph records.

The building itself, a post war project, was built following local fundraising as well as local and central government contributions.

The neo-classical design of the building was the winning submission of a design competition from the architectural firm Grierson, Aimer and Darffin, who were all WWI veterans.