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Address: Hyde Park, London W2 2UH, England

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Undestanding NZ's heroes by its symbols

The New Zealand Memorial is one full of symbolistic and it may not be understood from the first glance, but as you approach and you see the symbols sculpted on each pillar, the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 September 2016
Bucharest, Romania
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Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were visiting UK from New Zealand and this is the second time of visiting the NZ Memorial. It's still a great work - in my mind one of the best - simple but very symbolic. The symbols on the pillars mean a lot to us, and the simplicity of the crosses speaks a lot about our Nation. It's also... More 

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

The New Zealand Memorial is one full of symbolistic and it may not be understood from the first glance, but as you approach and you see the symbols sculpted on each pillar, the image will become clearer (even the metal standards' angle is resembling the haka dance).

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

...of the extend of reach if wars. This is a memorial for thousands who died from NZ in both the first and second world wars. Designed by New Zealanders, on a sunny day the crosses shine and reflect the sun soberly, making it both beautiful and saddening.

Thank Amin G
Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

It's nice that this memorial is actually something many people will walk through and it might make them take a look more than if it was just off to one side. There are many elements of New Zealand represented on the posts and it's nice to go around them all, which I would encourage you to do rather than just... More 

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Rijeka, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Opposite the Australian War Memorial, this one is dedicated to thousands of soldiers from New Zealand who served in the British Army during the First and Second World Wars. It comprises sixteen bronze metal standards representing the layout of warriors performing a haka, the traditional war dance of the Maori people.

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Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Seeing the Memorial in-the-flesh is much better than what it looks like in photos and news clips. Each of the steel cross-like posts has New Zealand icon featured and a story or fact about New Zealand cleverly emblazoned on it. So, getting up close is important. To walk amongst the posts is a sobering and proud experience... a little part... More 

Thank Keith C
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

As memorials go this one is really quite striking and well thought out not a real tourist attraction unless you are from New Zealand I guess but worth a look if you are passing

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Rotherham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

As part of a very quick tour of the various war memorials set around the Wellington Monument, I took advantage of the emerging sun at the end of a very long day to capture a few views of this monument - it deserves a lot more time to fully appreciate it...

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2015 via mobile

As a New Zealander I made sure my London wandering included a visit here. Be warned: if you are looking for a large concrete monument or statue then you may not spot it. In true understated kiwi fashion this is a small and modern memorial made up of multiple black poles scattered about the wee park. Unimpressed? I was until... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

This memorial is in Hyde Park, near the corner with the Wellington Arch. Stands in memory to those lost in WW 1 and WW2. Very touching. There are 16 vertical crosses, not the traditional looking cross--when you walk a few steps down the hill and are reading the sign, turn back for the best view and photo. Then each standard... More 

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