This year for the second time since the 2011 Earthquakes, we will be returning to Cathedral Square under the newly reinstated Citizen’s War Memorial. 

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 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. Find more about Christchurch road closures.

Parking is not provided for this event. Short-term drop-off and pick-up are available outside Tūranga.  For information on parking in and around the city, visit

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

    • Papanui: Papanui RSA Parking Area – 9.30am
    • New Brighton: Cenotaph, Marine Parade – 9.30am
    • Heathcote: War Memorial (Martindale-Bridal Path-Flavell) – 6.15am 
    • Cashmere: 19th Battalion and Armoured Regiment Memorial Victoria Park  8.00am
    • Lyttelton: War Memorial, Albion Square – 10.00am
    • Diamond Harbour: War Memorial Hall  10.30am
    • Templeton: Templeton RSA, Banks St – 11.00am
    • Sumner: RSA Memorial Gates – 11.00am
    • Akaroa: War Memorial – 11.30am
    • Little River: Community Centre – 9.30am
    • Halswell: War Memorial/Domain – 9.00am
    • Harewood: Harewood War Memorial, Harewood Primary School, 721 Harewood Road - 7.00am
    • Citizens’ Service: Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square – 10.00am

For those unable to make it in person, the service will be available live streamed via this link - Anzac Day Dawn Service 2024 - Live stream link

Please feel free to contact us on 03 941 8999, should you have further enquiries. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.