Services are held on 25 April throughout the city to commemorate ANZAC Day every year.
ANZAC Day services for 2017 have now concluded. Information for 2018 events will be posted on this page closer to the event date.
The Dawn Service will be held in Cranmer Square.
Organised by the Canterbury Branch of the Malayan Veterans Association in conjunction with the Christchurch Branch of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RSA), and the Christchurch City Council.
There will be a volley of shots fired and the New Zealand Army Band will be in attendance, with a bugler playing The Last Post.
The service runs for about 30–45 minutes and will be projected on two large screens.
The parade is for Uniformed and Returned Services Personnel only and starts at the Armagh street RSA building. There will be no seating provided; if you are mobility impaired and need assistance, please speak to one of the ushers on site.
Families, individuals and groups are invited to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph in Cranmer Square at the conclusion of the Dawn Service. After the service the wreaths will be moved to the Christchurch Memorial RSA building on Armagh Street.
The event will take place whatever the weather.
Bus services run to a Saturday timetable on ANZAC Day which means that it is highly unlikely that you will be able to catch a bus in time for the Dawn Service. You will however be able to catch one in time for the 10am Citizens’ Service at Christchurch Transitional Cathedral. Visit Metroinfo(external link) to find out more about bus services.
Vehicle access to Cranmer Square will be restricted and there will be no specific public parking areas. Street parking is limited, so you are encouraged to carpool and / or come early.
There will be toilets on site at Cranmer Square.
The Citizens' Service will be held at Christchurch Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square.
An address will be given by Air Commodore Andrew Woods, RNZAF and representatives of the NZ Defence Force, Consular Corps and various Christchurch youth groups will be attending.
A piper will play Flowers of the Forest.
The Citizens' Service is organised by Christchurch City Council in conjunction with Christchurch Cathedral and the RSA.
There are many other suburban services in various locations on Tuesday 25 April 2017.
|Akaroa RSA Service, War Memorial (Area School gymnasium if wet)||11.30am|
|19th Battalion and Armoured Regiment Service.
The Memorial, Victoria Park, Victoria Park Road, Cashmere
|20th Battalion Assn, Jane Deans Close, Riccarton||9am|
|Burwood Community ANZAC Service, Burwood Monument, corner of Lake Terrace and New Brighton Road||11am|
|Cheviot RSA Service, meet at the War Memorial Cenotaph||10.30am|
|Cust RSA Service, Community Centre||10am|
|Darfield RSA Service, meet at Trinity Church||8.45am|
|Diamond Harbour, meet at the community store||10.30am|
|Dunsandel, War Memorial||8.30am|
|Ellesmere RSA Service, Leeston Rugby Football Stadium||10am|
|Fendalton, St Barnabas Church||10am|
|Halswell Domain, War Memorial||9am|
|Heathcote, corner Martindales and Bridle Path Roads||6.15am|
|Hei Hei, War Memorial||9am|
|Hororata, St John’s Church||11am|
|Kaiapoi RSA Service, Trouselot Park||10am|
|Lincoln, Event Centre||2pm|
|Little River, Community Hall||9.30am|
|Lyttelton RSA Service, meet corner London and Oxford Streets||9.45am|
|New Brighton RSA Service, War Memorial Cenotaph||10am|
|Papanui, RSA Clubrooms||10am|
|Paparua, RSA War Memorial||10am|
|Prebbleton, War Memorial||9am|
|Rakaia, The Mead Memorial Gates||9am|
|Rakaia, Memorial Community Centre||10.30am|
|Rangiora, RSA War Memorial Cenotaph||11.15am|
|Riccarton, Upper Riccarton War Memorial Library||6.30am|
|Rolleston, New Community Hall||11am|
|Sheffield, War Memorial||8am|
|Springfield, Tawera Memorial Hall||11am|
|Springston, meet at Springston School||10.20am|
|Sumner, meet at Stoke Street and Esplanade||10.40am|
|Tai Tapu, War Memorial||9am|
|Templeton, RSA War Memorial||11am|
|University of Canterbury, Matiriki Quad||10am|
|Wigram, Air Force Museum||12noon|