ANZAC Day falls on 25 April and serves as a day to commemorate the service and sacrifice of all New Zealand and Australian servicemen and servicewomen. This year ANZAC Day falls on a Monday, which means another long weekend! So, we've compiled a list of ANZAC initiatives happening in the city this year and some extra ideas that'll be sure to keep you entertained.  

ANZAC Day events

Sky Tower ANZAC

Check out the Sky Tower that will shine like a giant poppy | Sky Tower

For ANZAC day this year, the Sky Tower will shine like a giant poppy, symbolising remembrance and hope. The PWC building, Quay Street lights and the Queen Street lights will also light up to show support.

Vector lights

Watch the Vector Lights ANZAC display | Auckland Harbour Bridge 

The Vector lights will also shine bright with a dynamic light show to commemorate ANZAC Day from April 22-25. The show will run from 6pm until midnight each day, as well as 5am – 7am on 25 April.

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ANZAC Remembrance Walk | Commercial Bay Air Bridge

Many historic events have taken place around Commercial Bay, including the departure of troops in the great European and Pacific Wars, Commercial Bay's ANZAC remembrance walk invites you to learn about these times and pay respects for the sacrifices made. Support the RSA and collect your poppy from the Commercial Bay Concierge desk, available until ANZAC Day.


Warbirds over Tāmaki

Over both Poppy Day (April 22) and ANZAC Day, the New Zealand Warbirds Association will be doing a flyover across the Tāmaki Makaurau region. This is scheduled to start from 11am on Poppy Day and 12 noon on ANZAC Day and will start with a pass over Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum before heading over the city centre. The flyover will then travel over suburbs across the region.


ANZAC Treats

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Giapo | 12 Gore Street

Giapo has made a delicious Jumbo Anzac cookie, which is of course, gluten-free like everything they do. $1 from every cookie sale will go to RSA NEW ZEALAND.

The cookie is a combination of caramelised sugar, baking soda, golden syrup, browning butter, rice and corn crisps, and it is completely and utterly irresistible. Giapo also discovered that these biscuits lend themselves beautifully to becoming ice cream. So they've also created the Anzac cookies and Cream ice cream flavour for the occasion. 

The limited-edition cookie and ice cream are available for pre-order now on the Giapo app and ANZAC weekend only in-store.

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Daily Bread | 30 Customs Street East & 33 Federal Street

ANZAC biscuits have hit the Daily Bread bakery shelves this week! A memorial classic. Heavy on the butter & golden syrup. Perfect with a filter or black coffee. Available online & in-store.

Little Lato ANZAC

Little 'Lato | Auckland Fish Market

The Easter treats have been devoured, so now Little 'Lato are onto the golden syrup goodness of ANZAC Cookies!  They've partnered with Cookie Dough Collective to develop an exclusive gelato - ANZAC Cookie Dough! Creamy golden syrup gelato topped with toasted coconut and chunks of buttery oat-packed cookie dough. Drooling already? We certainly are.


Other things to do over ANZAC weekend

Check out the Rainbow Machine installationAotea Square

Head down to Aotea Square to interact with this intriguing, bright yellow artwork that will make rainbows appear before your eyes! While you're in the area, why not try a Toro ChurroPopa's Pretzel or a croffle (yes, that's a waffle made from a croissant) from Cosmo Coffee

Auckland Art Gallery An Arrangement for 5 Rooms Yona Lee

Spend some time at the art gallery | Auckland Art Gallery 

The Auckland Art Gallery has plenty of new exhibitions that are well worth checking out. You can view their current exhibition programme here.

Experience the Candlelight Music Series | St Matthew-in-the-City 

Fill your Saturday evening with this intimate multi-sensory experience set in one of Auckland's most beautiful churches. If you're keen to grab a bite to eat before or after, take a short stroll to Federal Street, where you'll be spoilt for options. 


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Last updated: 22 April 2022