Heritage New Zealand is excited to offer a tour visiting a number of World War I country memorials in the Waimakariri District, Canterbury. 2015 is the centenary of the ANZAC landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. So why not get a head start on Anzac Day this year by exploring how local communities in Kaiapoi, Oxford, Cust, Birch Hill Station, and Rangiora chose to remember their lost men?
World War I memorials are found in virtually every township in New Zealand, usually in the main street. The design and details of the memorials were the result of much debate, thought, and emotion. Local war memorials provide clues to what the terrible events of the Great War meant to the people of New Zealand.
Tour members will learn how and why Waimakariri memorials were constructed. Kaiapoi War Memorial, produced by noted Christchurch sculptor William Trethewey in 1922, is one of New Zealand’s most important soldier figure memorials. The smaller memorials in Cust and Oxford are good examples of the more common obelisk memorial. We’ll also have a guided tour of St James Anglican Church. This church was built in 1865 to plans provided by Bury and Mountford and has a number of features commemorating World War I. Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy at Birch Hill Station Cemetery. This beautiful spot has a rare memorial commemorating pioneer families of the district, as well as local men and horses sent to war. The cemetery is currently being put forward for listing by Heritage New Zealand. Robyn Burgess, Heritage Advisor for Registration will explain the process of registration for the site and describe the fascinating history behind the cemetery. On the drive home we’ll also briefly stop to examine the recently renewed Rangiora War Memorial cenotaph.
This tour is suitable for all ages. It will include horses, homemade Anzac biscuits, and actors reading letters and diaries from men at war. Children are very welcome and can take part in a scavenger hunt activity across the different sites.
Date: Saturday 11 April 2015 Tour stops are not under cover, so bring appropriate wet weather gear.
- The trip will be cancelled if there are insufficient bookings or if there is heavy rain or an extreme weather event on Saturday 11 April. If the event is cancelled payment will be refunded and you will be informed prior to 11 April, or we will attempt to hold the event the following Saturday 18 April 2015.
Travel and Duration: The trip is from 8.30am – 2.45pm.
We will travel by bus together (see itinerary for details)
If you live out of Christchurch and wish to meet us at Kaiapoi please let us know on the booking sheet provided. However, we must all travel together on the bus to the memorial sites. It will be a busy day but we will try to keep to our itinerary.
What to Bring: Lunch to eat at Birch Hill Station Cemetery, picnic rug, sunblock, hat, good walking shoes, dress appropriately for the weather. Homemade Anzac biscuits will be provided for morning tea, but you’ll need to bring your own drinks.
Cost per member: $24 covering all bus transport, visits to sites and Anzac biscuits for Heritage New Zealand members.
$30pp for non-members.
$15pp for children under 18
Booking deadline (with payment)
Thursday 2 April 2015:
Numbers strictly limited so be in early to secure your seat.
Make cheques out to Heritage New Zealand
Post with payment to:
Heritage New Zealand WWI Memorials Field Trip
PO Box 4403
Please RSVP with your name(s); daytime contact number, and email.