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.


Dawn Service, from 6.15am, Tuesday 25 April 2017

The Dawn Service will be held in Cranmer Square.

Service format

  • 6am to 6.15am: Gather in Cranmer Square
  • 6.15am: Parade begins
  • 6.30am: Service begins centred around the Memorial Cenotaph
  • 7.15am: Service concludes with Mayor Lianne Dalziel laying a wreath on behalf of the citizens of Christchurch.

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

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.

Citizens’ Service - 10am, Tuesday 25 April 2017

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.

Other ANZAC Day services

There are many other suburban services in various locations on Tuesday 25 April 2017.

Location Time
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