NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Anzac Day 2017 - France and Belgium

SATURDAY 22 APRIL – NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL COMMEMORATION SERVICE 

Where: New Zealand Battlefield Memorial, Longueval, France. The memorial is to the north of Longueval at the end of Rue de Calvaire.

When: 3.00 pm

This service takes place at the New Zealand Battlefield Memorial near the village of Longueval and is supported by the local community. This service will last approximately one hour. There is strictly no parking at the Memorial. It is a 1km walk to the location, or the public can use the free shuttles from 2.00pm from Longueval town centre.

Learn more about New Zealand and the Battle of the Somme

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SUNDAY 23 APRIL – NEW ZEALAND ANZAC DAWN SERVICE

Where: Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension, 37 Route de Sepmeries, Le Quesnoy

When: 6.00 am

This service will last approximately one hour and is supported by the community of Le Quesnoy. Visitors are welcome and no ticket is required. School or tour groups wishing to attend should notify the Embassy in advance please.

Members of the public need to arrive by 5.45am, there is no ticket required. In addition to this service the New Zealand delegation and New Zealand Defence Force contingent take part in a French Commemorative Service at 11.00am which includes a walk starting from the Place du Général Leclerc to the New Zealand Memorial commemorating the Liberation of Le Quesnoy in 1918.

Learn more about New Zealand and Le Quesnoy

Read through the frequently asked questions

TUESDAY 25 APRIL – ANZAC DAY SERVICES IN BELGIUM

The New Zealand delegation and New Zealand Defence Force contingent will take part in the following events on Anzac Day:

Anzac Day Dawn Service

Where: Buttes New British Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium

Buttes New British Cemetery is located 8 kms east of Ieper town centre on the Lange Dreve, a road leading from the Meenseweg (N8) connecting Ieper to Menen.

When: 6.00 am

This is a Belgian, New Zealand and Australian ceremony hosted by the community of Zonnebeke. Strictly no parking at the cemetery, please park at the Bellewaerde Amusement Park carpark C and use the free shuttles from 4.30 am.

The Mayor and community of Zonnebeke host a reception and breakfast for attendees following the service at 7.30 am. Please register for the breakfast here.

Anzac Day Last Post Ceremony

Where: Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium

When: 11.15 am

This is a Belgian, New Zealand and Australian service hosted by the community of Ieper. It combines two commemorative services: the first at the Menin Gate and the second at the Belgian memorial. It begins with a parade from the Cloth Hall to the Menin Gate. Participating in the ceremony will be the official Belgian, New Zealand and Australian delegations and the military contingents from the New Zealand and Australian Defence Force.

Please be under the Menin Gate no later than 10.30 am

New Zealand National Commemoration at Messines

WhereNew Zealand Memorial Park, Nieuwzeelandersstraat, Mesen

The Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial to the Missing is situated within Messines Ridge British Cemetery, 9.5 kms south of Ieper town centre on the Nieuwkerkestraat, a road leading from the Rijselseweg, N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen and on to Armentieres.

When: 2.00 pm

This is the National New Zealand Anzac Day service. This service is followed by afternoon tea in the Messines Cultural Centre. Please park in the town centre and walk to the Memorial by 1.45pm. There is no parking at the memorial.

New Zealand Anzac Day Service at Comines-Warneton

Where: Berks Cemetery Extension, Comines-Warneton

Berks Cemetery Extension is located 12.5 kilometres south of Ieper town centre on the N365 leading from Ieper to Mesen, Ploegsteert and on to Armentieres.

When: 4.30 pm

This service is held with the community of Comines-Warneton. Visitors are welcome and no ticket is required. School or tour groups wishing to attend are asked to notify the Embassy in advance.

Last Post Ceremony

Where: Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium

When: 8.00 pm

This ceremony concludes the official Australian and New Zealand commemorative events in Belgium.

Learn more about the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Western Front?

The Western Front was a 700 kilometre long series of trenches that formed the battle line of the German forces as they tried to advance into France and Belgium during the First World War.

Learn more about New Zealand and the Western Front

Why hold Anzac Day services in France and Belgium?

French and Belgian communities have been holding their own Anzac Day services for decades in recognition of New Zealand’s contribution to the First and Second World Wars. Since 2014, official New Zealand delegations have been supporting these communities by participating in these ceremonies.

Plan your trip

The Ngā Tapuwae First World War Trails website and app can help you plan your trip. Visit the website and download the app from Apple App Store or Google Play.

How long are the services?

Each service varies in length but is usually no longer than one hour. The services comprise historical readings, the playing of the Last Post, recitation of the Ode, the lowering of national flags, and the singing of national anthems.

Do I have to register to attend the services?

You do not have to register to attend any of these services. Some details of the services may change so please keep checking this page for updates. We recommend you register with SafeTravel which provides official travel advice for New Zealanders travelling overseas.

Can I reserve seating at the services?

No, you should be able to stand for at least one hour during the services which are mostly held in grassed cemeteries.

What amenities are available?

There are no amenities (shelter or toilet facilities) in the majority of locations.

What items are not allowed at the services?

Any items that may interfere with the experience of other attendees or disrupt the solemnity of the services. Items such as selfie sticks or large camera tripods and large banners or flags should not be brought into the service.

How accessible are the sites of the services?

Cemetery accessibility for people with disabilities varies from site to site as does car parking availability. Please make sure you are aware of the conditions by visiting the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.

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