Archived: 100 years of ANZAC

Commemorate the soldiers of Gallipoli

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli conflict. Each year on Anzac Day, New Zealanders and Australians recognise the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings that occured on April 25, 1915. On that day, thousands of young men, far from their homes, stormed the beaches on the Gallipoli Peninsula in what is now Turkey. By the time the campaign ended, more than 2,779 New Zealanders were dead, about a fifth of all those who had landed on the peninsula.

Join the Auckland Museum in commemorating the brave soldiers of Gallipoli as well as other conflicts that NZ has been involved in since by attending their ANZAC events this April. 

Illuminate: When We Go to War​
This year’s Illuminate programme features a specially created film taken from TVNZ’s new First World War drama series, When We Go to War. The museum will also be screening rarely seen photographs of New Zealanders at Gallipoli, from the Museum’s recently published book, The Anzacs. Then, on Anzac night, join in as the museum screens the Dawn Service from Gallipoli before the Illuminate programme.​
April 22 - 25, 6pm - 10pm

Commemorate 100 years since Gallipoli. 


  • Honour NZ's fallen soldiers with both dawn services and civil services on ANZAC Day. 
    April 25, 6am and 11am 
  • Auckland Choral
    Directly following the Dawn Service, join Auckland Choral as they raise their voices in remembrance with a moving mix of songs and arias, conducted by Elizabeth Lau.
    April 25, 6.40am 
  • Museum Tours 
    Take a 45-minute guided tour around our War Memorial galleries, focusing on either the First or Second World War.
    April 25, 7.45am, 8.45am, 9.45am, 12.45pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm and 3.45pm. 

When We Go To War: Behind the Scenes 
Get behind the scenes of TVNZ’s major new historical drama, When We Go to War. Join writer Gavin Strawhan and director Peter Burger as they talk about the challenges and triumphs of recreating New Zealand and Gallipoli 100 years ago, featuring excerpts from the series.

When We Go To War, TVNZ 

Immediately following the Civic Service, enjoy performance installations drawn from the internationally acclaimed show Rotunda. Timed to honour the Gallipoli landings in 1915, Rotunda is a living memorial that celebrates the Anzac spirit and the themes of courage, loss, kinship and, ultimately, a desire for peace. The performance will conclude by acknowledging all nationalities who served during the Gallipoli campaign. 
April 25, 12 Noon 

Rotunda is an explosion of movement choreographed to honour our fallen soldiers. 


$2 per hour to a max of $12 on weekends and a $12 flat rate for weekday evenings at The Civic car park. Find out more

Last updated: 21 August 2020

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