Lest we forget

Anzac Day, observed on 25 April each year, is our national day of remembrance to commemorate New Zealanders who have served in wars overseas, past and present.


25 April marks the anniversary of the landing of the ANZACs (the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey in 1915. Despite the defeat at Gallipoli, the shared experience helped foster a sense of nationhood in both New Zealand and Australia.


New Zealand first observed Anzac Day in 1916. Since then, Anzac Day has evolved, with Kiwis of all ages attending services and events across New Zealand and the world, including at Gallipoli.


We honour the ANZAC values of courage, compassion, camaraderie and commitment.


Hamilton usually celebrates Anzac Day with a dawn service and a civic service, both held at the Cenotaph in Memorial Park, on Memorial Drive.


You can view photos from past Anzac Day events here

Please note, 2020 Anzac Day services were not held due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Last updated 5 April 2024