Four Ways You Can Commemorate ANZAC Day in Auckland
Tip your hat by rising early, conquering a volcano or catching a light and sound show on the harbour.
New Zealand sent more soldiers to fight in the First World War per head of population than any other nation. This year marks the 105th anniversary we honour the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli and other conflicts through ANZAC Day. Instead of throwing away your day off, tip your hat by rising early, conquering a volcano or catching a light and sound show on the harbour.
GET UP EARLY FOR AUCKLAND MUSEUM'S ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE
Kiwis have been gathering at the Auckland War Memorial Museum since 1929 to commemorate both fallen and still serving military personnel during the Dawn Service. Be at the museum well before 5am to make the 6am ceremony commencement. There's nothing like paying your respects as the bugle brings up the sun. The museum will open straight after the Dawn Service and will present a jam-packed program of commemorative events over the rest of the day.
HEAD TO AN ANZAC DAY PARADE
Medals are shone and proudly donned as veterans, their descendants and serving personnel march through Auckland's suburbs for the annual Anzac Day parades. While group gatherings were off-limits in 2020, this year there are more than 75 services and parades taking place across the city. Find one in your area here.
HIKE TO A HISTORICAL MILITARY SITE
If you'd prefer to get active on your day off, how about exploring some of the sites in Auckland that have a special military history? Only a 25-minute ferry ride from the CBD, Rangitoto is home to several military installations that were built during World War II to support harbour defences. Reaching the summit will give you pristine views back to Auckland and the old observation post. Don't forget a solid pair of walking shoes. Devonport's North Head was originally a Māori defensive pā before colonisation. A trip up the volcanic peak will give you access to a military tunnel complex and gun emplacements that were built in 1885. It's also known for its stunning views of Rangitoto and Hauraki Gulf.
WATCH A COMMEMORATIVE LIGHT SHOW ON THE HARBOUR
From 6pm to midnight across 23–26 April, Auckland's Harbour Bridge will shine poppy-red to commemorate the servicemen and servicewomen, past and present, who have displayed courage and self-sacrifice serving our country. On the morning of 25 April the light and sound show will play at 5am to coincide with dawn services. Some of the best places to see the show include Little Shoal Bay, Bayswater Marina, Mount Victoria, Bastion Point, Harbour View Beach Reserve and the Mount Eden summit.
Image: © Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira.
Published on April 23, 2021 by Concrete Playground