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Anzac Day Services: questions and answers

Anzac Day services.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Attending the Dawn or Civic Services this Anzac Day? We've put together some information to help you with arrival times, parking, and public transport options.

  1. What’s on on Anzac Day?
  2. What time should I arrive to the Dawn/Civic Service
  3. Is there a wet weather plan?
  4. I am/My family member/friend is a veteran and wishes to march in the Parade. Where should they meet and at what time?
  5. Can family members of veterans join the parade?
  6. Are there special places laid aside for veterans families on the Court of Honour?
  7. Where can I park?
  8. Which roads are closed?
  9. What public transport options are available?

Q: What’s on on Anzac Day?
A: 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 11am. Both of these take place on the Court of Honour (Cenotaph).
The Museum is open straight after the Dawn Service and for the rest of the day, and there are many programmes happening inside.

Q: What time should I arrive to the Dawn/Civic Service
A: We recommend being in place no later than 30 minutes before the service (Dawn Service, be there by 5.30am, Civic Service, be there by 10.30am). The earlier the better.
Make sure to dress warmly, consider wet weather gear, and eat and drink before you attend.

Q: Is there a wet weather plan?
A: 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.

Q: I am/My family member/friend is a veteran and wishes to march in the Parade. Where should they meet and at what time?
A: The Parade meets in the underground car park at the south of the Museum from 5am. There will be a Parade Commander and New Zealand Defence Force representatives to organise people and answer their questions.
The space is available from just before 5am: please be there no later than 5.30am if you wish to march.

Q: Can family members of veterans join the parade?
A: Family members of veterans can join the parade – they march in a group at the rear of the parade. The instructions for those wanting to take part in this are the same as above.

Q: Are there special places laid aside for veterans families on the Court of Honour?
A: There are no reserved spaces on the Court of Honour. We recommend coming early, or you are very welcome to join the parade as mentioned above.

Q: Where can I park?
A: Public parking is available on the Auckland Domain sports fields. The public will be asked to use the ramps provided.
Mobility parking on The Crescent and Maunsell Road Extension (mobility parking permit holders only).
Additional parking is available at The Old Brewery carpark on the corner of Suiter Street and Khyber Pass, Newmarket, $2.

Q: Which roads are closed?
A: Cenotaph Road, Football Road, Lovers Lane, Maunsell Road Extension, Museum Circuit, Domain Drive, Lower Domain Drive and The Crescent shall be closed from 3am until 1pm on 25 April. Parking in the underground carpark, south and west sides of the Auckland War Memorial Museum, is reserved for vehicles with an authorised carpark pass.
There will be advisory signage and wardens on all roads advising road closure details and parking restrictions.

Q: What public transport options are available?
A: Auckland Transport will be running additional transport services via Bus, Train, and Ferry in order to transport people to the Museum for the Dawn Service. 

Cycle
Bicycle valet parking on Wintergarden Road, Auckland Domain.

Ferry
A Sunday timetable will be in place for all services with an extra ferry from Devonport to the City at 5am.
Buses
InnerLINK will be operating in both directions at a 15-minute frequency from 4am - this service stops near Britomart and outside the Domain. Northern Express will be operating extra trips from Albany to the CBD at 4:30am, 4:45am, and 5am. A regular Sunday service starts at 7am.
Rail
Trains starting from West and South will run to a special timetable with services starting from 4am.

Please visit Auckland Transport or call (09) 366 6400 for details.
Free travel all day on Tuesday 25 April for the usual SuperGold and Veteran’s SuperGold card holders plus free travel for uniformed servicemen and women and retired services personnel with RSA membership card.  This applies across all AT Metro bus, rail and ferry services (including Skybus and Fullers).