Bridge of Remembrance

Walk across this important stone bridge, which pays homage to the Christchurch residents that served in the two world wars.

The Bridge of Remembrance is a bridge and triumphal archway dedicated to the service people of Christchurch. It’s a poignant reminder of those that courageously fought and gave their lives for New Zealand during the world wars. The bridge was inaugurated on Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1924. It suffered damage in the 2011 earthquake and, following works to restore it to its original beauty, was reopened on Anzac Day, 2016.

The bridge is a pedestrian-only precinct dominated by a triumphal arch located at its eastern entrance. Decorating the arch are floral carvings and medallions as well as inscriptions of the bridge’s name and places where local soldiers fought. Flanking the main section are two small arches, each crowned by a limestone lion sculpture, which are symbols of the British Empire.

Walk across the bridge and pay attention to the series of plaques embedded into the stonework. These plaques commemorate the various armed forces regiments of the city and New Zealand. Look for the dedication to Viscount Jellicoe, who laid the bridge’s foundation stone in 1923.

Stand in the middle of the bridge and gaze over the peaceful Avon River, where it is sometimes possible to see people enjoying a guided punting tour. Grassy terraces frame the river and offer good views of the bridge. Look for a Latin inscription that says Quid non pro patria (What will a man not do for his country).

The bridge is located in Christchurch’s city centre and is just a short walk from other major city attractions. Nearby is Quake City, an interactive museum that tells the story of the earthquakes that devastated the region of Canterbury in 2010 and 2011.

A 10-minute walk to the west of the Bridge of Remembrance is Hagley Park. This vast urban space is home to the Canterbury Museum and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. To the east is the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral and Latimer Square.