Anzac Day FAQs

What's happening on Anzac Day?

There is a host of activities, but the two major events are the two commemorative services. They are the Dawn Service, starting at 6am, and the Civic Service, starting at 10am. Both of these take place at Memorial Park (Cenotaph).​

What time should I arrive to the Dawn/Civic Service?

We recommend being in place no later than 30 minutes before the service (Dawn Service, be there by 5.30am, Civic Service, be there by9.30am). The earlier the better.

Make sure to dress warmly, consider wet weather gear, and eat and drink before you attend.​

Is there a wet weather plan?

Both services go ahead as planned regardless of the weather. The principle is that our soldiers served in all weathers, so we commemorate in all weathers.​

I am/my family member/friend is a veteran and wishes to march in the Parade. Where should they meet and at what time?

Dawn Parade: The Parade meets in the Knox St from 5.15am. There will be a Parade Commander to organise people and answer their questions. Family members of veterans can join the parade – they march in a group at the rear of the parade.

Civic Parade: The Parade gathers in Knox Street from 9.15am. There will be a Parade Marshal to organise the order and answer questions. ​

Are there special places laid aside for veterans families at Memorial Park?

There is limited seating available for veterans and older people (signposted) adjacent to the Cenotaph (refer to map)

Where can I park?

Public parking is available in surrounding streets, Sonning Street car park and Knox Street car park.

Limited parking is available within the road closure area for veterans, but a specific Anzac Day Parking Pass must be obtained from the Hamilton City Council events team cityevents@hcc.govt.nz.

Which roads are closed?

ANZAC Parade, Memorial Drive, Knox Street, and Victoria Street South end will all be closed from 3am to midday.

There will be advisory signage and wardens on all roads advising road closure details and parking restrictions.​

Page reviewed: 23 Mar 2017 11:23am