Remembering the First World War

The centenary of New Zealand's participation in the First World War will be marked from 2014-2019 through commemorative events, projects and activities in all parts of the country.

The WW100 programme offers every New Zealander the chance to consider the impact of World War One — whether you reflect on the nature of war, remember family members who served, visit a memorial, or think about how your community was affected by events long ago.

What you need to know to attend the Anzac Dawn Service on Saturday 25 April

Venue times:

  • 5.15am Trafalgar Park opens
  • 5.30am Dawn Parade forms in Halifax Street(outside Millers Acre)
  • 5.45am Parade marches down Trafalgar Street, Trafalgar Park Lane and into Trafalgar Park via Maitai Gate
  • 5.55am Karanga/Prayer
  • 6am Dawn Service begins


  • Pedestrian access to Trafalgar Park will be via the Trafalgar Street main entrance or the Maitai Gate.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Road closures are in place this year from 5 – 6.15am on Halifax Street (Collingwood to Trafalgar), Trafalgar Street (Halifax to Elliott) and Trafalgar Park Lane.


The public and marchers are requested to park in either: Trafalgar Centre car park, Countdown Trafalgar car park, Whakatu Square, Buxton Square, Montgomery Square or in the CBD outside of the road closure areas.

Reserved mobility and VIP parking:

  • Parking will be reserved for RSA members, mobility card-holders, approved food vendors and speakers/performers/VIPs in the Hathaway Terrace car park and Trafalgar Park (Maitai Gate entrance).
  • Access to this parking will be prior to 5.45am and by card/pass only, via Grove Street and Hathaway Terrace. Once the Dawn Parade has started this access will not be available again until after 6am.
  • Wheelchairs will made available (if required) to escort RSA members and mobility card-holders from the Maitai Gate entrance to reserved seating in the western/Pavilion stand. Those requiring wheelchair seating for the duration of the Dawn Service should bring their own wheelchair. Wheelchair spaces will be available in the Pavilion. Please use the Maitai Gate entrance.


  • In the eastern and western stands, plus temporary seating on the field of play, where the Anzac Day Dawn Service will take place.
  • Ushers will direct people to the available seating once they enter the stadium.


WW100 is an opportunity to better understand our past and how it still shapes us today. For recent immigrants it is a chance to find out more about your new home and its history.

Over the next few years, Nelson will be marking this significant anniversary with range of local events and activities.


nelson provincial museum screenshotThe Nelson Provincial Museum is honouring the memories of those who served in World War One, telling the stories of many of them through a five year exhibition.


To find out what is happening for Anzac Day weekend check out the It's On Page

Download the Heritage Remembrance Trail Map (364KB PDF)