Anzac Day Wellington 2014 marks 99 years since that historic landing at Gallipoli and is a time for reflection, remembrance and thanks.
5:30am to 6:30am – the Dawn Service will happen at Wellington Cenotaph, Lambton Quay. At 5:40am members of the public are invited to march behind the veterans in the parade to the Cenotaph after meeting at the junction of Bunny Street and Lambton Quay. There will be a big screen set up for the service near the corner of Molesworth Street. At the end of the Dawn Service, the parade will march to Pipitea Marae on Thorndon Quay where the Mayor will be hosting refreshments and ANZAC biscuits.
A vigil will be mounted at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior from dawn to dusk by a NZ Defence Force Catafalque Guard.
At 9:00am there will be a parade from Wellington Cathedral car park in Hill Street to St Paul's Cathedral . The Wellington citizens wreath-laying ceremony will happen at the cathedral at 10:20am and at 11:00am the national commemorative wreath-laying ceremony will happen in the forecourt of the Parliament Buildings in Molesworth Street. At 2:00pm there will be another wreath-laying ceremony at the Atatūrk Memorial, Tarakena Bay to honour the Turks who died defending their country to recognize the friendship and bonding between our two countries since World War 1.
There will be an organ recital at 2:30pm at the National War Memorial (Buckle Street) by carillonist Timothy Hurd QSM.
In the evening there will be an AFL match between St Kilda Saints and the Brisbane Lions at Westpac Stadium.
If you are visiting Wellington for the ANZAC service(s), the AFL match or a relaxing long weekend, Rydges Wellington will give a warm welcome and look after all your accommodation needs.