The Anzac Oval on Winton's main street is a mix of urban park and heritage site. Set three metres below street level it is hard to remember you are right in the heart of a bustling town. Formerly a busy pedestrian access to the railway station, the small park is now a favoured picnic area for locals and visitors.
The spreading elm tree, which is now listed on the New Zealand Historic and Notable Tree Register, was planted to commemorate the landing of the 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. With the aim of eliminating Turkey from the war, the New Zealand and Australian Imperial Force (ANZACS) were tasked with seizing the Southern heights of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Of the 8556 New Zealanders who fought there, 7473 were casualties and 2721 died.
The park also has lush green foliage, a band rotunda, and a picnic table that was made by 5th form woodwork students at Central Southland College to commemorate the Winton Centennial in 1976. In 2009 Winton's War Memorial Gates, built in the 1920s, were moved from a site further up the Great North Road to the ANZAC Oval.
The park is also the starting location of the Winton Heritage Trail.
- Natural Attraction
- Culture & Heritage
- Free Things to Do
- Outdoor Activities
- Family Friendly
- Scenic Attraction