​​​​​ANZAC Day (Thursday 25 April) Road closures:

  • Memorial Drive (at the lakefront) and Queens Drive will be closed from 8am to 10am.
  • People driving to the Sportsdrome are encouraged to avoid the Princes Gate entrance to Government Gardens and instead enter past Polynesian Spa and take the road behind Rotorua Museum and the Energy Events Centre, or arrive before 9am.​


ANZAC Dawn Service

Thursday 25 April, 5.45am – 6.30am​

Ka maumahara tonu tātau ki a rātau. We will remember them.
Rotorua’s Dawn Service will take place on ANZAC Day (Thursday 25 April) at 5.45am. The service will be conducted by Te Arawa Māori Returned Services League Inc and take place at Ohinemutu.
5.45am: Gather at Ohinemutu
5.50pm: Parade march to Muruika Soldiers’ Cemetery (by St Faith’s Church)
6.00am: Dawn Service begins with a mihi (welcome) from Te Arawa Māori Returned Services League

Prayers: Reverend Tom Poata
ANZAC Dedication followed by hymn and guest speaker.

The Dawn Service is expected to conclude at approximately 6.30am.

Following the Dawn Service the ANZAC Day Parade will depart from Memorial Drive at 9am, and make its way to the Sportsdrome (Queen’s Drive, Government Gardens) where Rotorua’s Civic Memorial Service will begin at 9.30am.​

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Rotorua’s ANZAC Parade and Civic Memorial Service

Thursday 25 April, 8.45am – 10.30am​

Ka maumahara tonu tātau ki a rātau. We will remember them.

ANZAC Day marks New Zealand’s first major engagement of World War One at Gallipoli, Turkey. While it was a terrible defeat, it has gone on to become a legend of sacrifice.

On Thursday 25 April 2019 Rotorua will be hosting an ANZAC Day Parade and Civic Memorial Service open for all to attend.

Locals and visitors can come to reflect and remember all the men and women who have served their country, showing courage and loyalty.

  • 8.45am: Meet at Memorial Drive Parade (lake end of Fenton St)
  • 9am: ANZAC Parade leaves Memorial Drive and heads through Government Gardens
  • 9.20am: Parade arrives at Sportsdrome
  • 9.30am: ANZAC Civic Memorial Service begins (the service will take about an hour)

The officiating Minister will be Reverend Tom Poata, with Her Worship the Mayor Steve Chadwick introducing this year’s guest speaker: Major (Rtd) Pita Anaru MNZM, E.D., M.I.D., JP (Rtd)

Ken Douglas will play the Last Post on his bugle before the Ode to the Fallen is read out.

Following the laying of the wreaths music will be performed by City of Rotorua Highland Pipe Band, Evelyn Falconer, Rotorua Brass Band and Western Heights High School Choir.

There will be a free bus travelling from the start of the parade in Memorial Drive to the Civic Service, departing at 9am for those requiring transport.​

The national theme of this year’s ANZAC commemorations is ‘Finding Our Way Back’.  Following the conclusion of World War One in November 1918, soldiers were not able to return immediately due to a shortage of ships, and the need for personnel for the occupation of Germany. For many, the return took over ten months, well into 1919. The journey back is also a metaphor for the return to a peacetime society. 2019 is the time to reflect on the future. 

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Rotorua Field of Remembrance

17 April – 1 May​

Ka maumahara tonu tātau ki a rātau. We will remember them.

The Rotorua District Field of Remembrance will be installed by the Cenotaph in Government Gardens to mark the 104th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings by ANZAC troops on 25 April 1915.

Each of the named crosses in this Field of Remembrance represents a soldier from the Rotorua District, who lost their life whilst serving during World War One, 1914 - 1918.

The crosses will remain in place until Wednesday 1 May 2019 and visitors are welcome to walk amongst the crosses and place personal tributes. 

View a list of all those commemorated in the Rotorua District Field of Remembrance​

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Page reviewed: 16 Apr 2019 10:18am