Anzac Day 2024: Services and events in Christchurch

Anzac Day was commemorated on Thursday 25 April.

Anzac Day services

Dawn service at Cathedral Square Thursday 25 April 6.30am-8am

The commemorations that mark Australia and New Zealand’s Gallipoli campaign will begin at 6.15am when war veterans will gather at the Worcester bridge and then parade the short distance to Cathedral Square for the traditional dawn service. 

The dawn service at Cathedral Square begins at 6.30am.

The New Zealand Army Band will perform at the service, which will end with the playing of the Last Post, a minute’s silence, and then the singing of the New Zealand national anthem.

Proposed road closures are set for Oxford Terrace and the entrance to Cathedral Square off Colombo Street from 4am.

For those unable to make it in person, the dawn service will be live streamed. For more information visit

Anzac Day service at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand Thursday 25 April 12noon

Join us in honouring our airmen at our Anzac Day Service at 12pm on 25 April in the Thérèse Angelo Wing at the Air Force Museum.

Other local services

Anzac Day services will also be held around Christchurch and Banks Peninsula: 

  • Akaroa: War Memorial - 11.30am 
  • Belfast: War Memorial, Sheldon Park, 8.30am
  • Cashmere: 19th Battalion and Armoured Regiment Memorial Victoria Park - 8am
  • Central City: Citizens’ Service: Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square - 10am
  • Diamond Harbour: War Memorial Hall - 10.30am
  • Heathcote: War Memorial (Martindale-Bridle Path-Flavell) - 6.15am
  • Halswell: War Memorial/Domain - 9am
  • Harewood: Harewood War Memorial, Harewood Primary School, 721 Harewood Road - 7am
  • Little River: Community Centre – 9.30am 
  • Lyttelton: War Memorial, Albion Square – 10am
  • New Brighton: Cenotaph, Marine Parade – 9.30am
  • Papanui: Papanui RSA Parking Area – 9.30am 
  • Sumner: RSA Memorial Gates – 11am 
  • Templeton: Templeton RSA, Banks St – 11am 
  • University of Canterbury 10am
  • Anzac Day services in Selwyn

More about Anzac Day

World War 1 and Anzac Day related books

List created by TroyCCL

Here's a selection of interesting books Christchurch City Libraries has relating to World War 1, going beyond New Zealand and ANZAC Day

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Voices of Gallipoli

Last year we we hosted a Voices of Gallipoli event at Tūranga. Using a concept created by playwright Arthur Meek, where local actors and current soldiers performed soldiers' accounts of the campaign from Maurice Shadbolt's Voices of Gallipoli collection. Supported by Friends of the Library Ngā Hoahoa o Ngā Kete Wānanga-o-Ōtautahi, this event will featured an army bugler and the New Zealand String Quartet. This act of remembrance | maumahara was a moving occasion.