Stretching across the Avon River, the Bridge of Remembrance was unveiled in 1924 to honor the servicemen and women who bravely fought in World War I. Hundreds of soldiers have since marched on its stones. Today, the bridge and monument arch are viewed by many as the center of downtown Christchurch.
While it's possible to spot the Bridge of Remembrance independently, it’s best visited as part of a guided city sightseeing tour. Whether pointed out from a double-decker bus or explored while on a bicycle tour of downtown Christchurch, you’ll learn about the monument’s historical significance—a stoic reminder of the bravery of Canterbury’s troops—via in-depth commentary from local guides. For a patriotic and moving event, visit the bridge on Anzac Day to honor the soldiers who have fallen.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Bridge of Remembrance and its stone arch now function as a memorial site for those who also fought in conflicts after the Great War.
- Visits to the historical landmark are a must-do for war veterans and history buffs.
- The site is popular for family picnics overlooking the Avon River.
How to Get There
The Bridge of Remembrance crosses the Avon River at the end of Cashel Street and links the Oxford and Cambridge Terraces. With its central location, it’s easily accessible on foot or by car, coach, bicycle, or tram. The Christchurch Tramway includes 17 stops, allowing you to disembark at nearby attractions, which include the Cashel Street Mall and Punting on the Avon.
When to Get There
The bridge is open 24 hours daily. Due to its outdoor location, it’s best visited in dry weather. People typically spend 15–45 minutes exploring the site, which can be viewed during daylight hours or when illuminated at night.
The major earthquake that hit Canterbury in 2011 damaged both the Bridge of Remembrance and the accompanying Triumphal Arch. The bridge was closed to the public, with the two lion figures atop the arch among the most heavily damaged pieces. For three years engineers worked to strengthen the structure, bringing it back to its former glory.