Anzac Day will be commemorated on Wednesday 25 April. All our libraries will be closed on this public holiday. Read our page on Anzac Day and Gallipoli to find out more about this commemoration.
Anzac Day services
The following information is from Christchurch City Council:
Dawn Parade and Anzac Service
The dawn parade and Anzac service will be held in Cranmer Square. The parade marches from the RSA building on Armagh Street.
- 6am to 6.15am: People gather
- 6.15am: Parade begins from RSA
- 6.30am: Service begins centred around the Memorial Cenotaph in Cranmer Square
- 7.15am: Service concludes with wreath laying, as Mayor Lianne Dalziel lays a wreath on behalf of the citizens of Christchurch.
This event is 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 Christchurch City Council.
Christchurch Citizens’ Service
The Anzac service for Christchurch citizens will be held at the Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square starting at 10am.
Organised by Christchurch City Council in conjunction with ChristChurch Cathedral and the RSA.
Anzac Day service at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand
Come and join in honouring the service and sacrifice of thousands of New Zealanders who have served with the Air Force at their annual Anzac Day commemorative service. The service will commence at 12pm midday on Wednesday 25 April 2018, in the Museum’s Atrium.
More Anzac Day services in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula
Exhibitions, displays, and events
Halswell Heroes Exhibition (on until 6 May)
Staff from Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre, Upper Riccarton, and Spreydon libraries share their research from the war stories of men who enlisted from the Halswell area.
Sumner Boys Exhibition (26 April to 25 May)
A collaborative display of research on the war stories of men who enlisted from the Sumner area. Stories and photos are included of soldiers on the roll of honour located on the wall outside Matuku Takotako: Sumner Centre.
Christchurch Field of Remembrance – Cranmer Square
The Christchurch Field of Remembrance was established in 2015 for Anzac Day, with 632 named crosses commemorating Cantabrians who died in World War I in 1915. Each year more crosses have been added to represent the fatalities from that year – 825 crosses were added in 2016 representing those who died in 1916, 1406 crosses were added in 2017 for those who died in 1917. The final 1528 crosses – representing those who died in 1918 – were added on Saturday 14 April 2018. There are 4391 crosses.
Canterbury and World War One: Lives Lost, Lives Changed – Canterbury Museum
Find out more by visiting the Canterbury and World War One: Lives Lost, Lives Changed exhibition at Canterbury Museum.