25 April 2015
Hundreds of thousands of Kiwis were up early to mark Anzac Day at countless dawn ceremonies around the country.
In Wellington, the first ever dawn service held at the newly-opened Pukeahu National War Memorial Park was packed to capacity and more than 30,000 people attended the service at the Auckland Museum.
Large crowds are also expected at Anzac Day ceremonies around the world which mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign. NZ Defence Force personnel will attend ceremonies in numerous countries including Gallipoli, France, Belgium, London and Australia.
WO1 Grant Payton at Washington Dawn Service
The Defence Attaché CDRE Keating and Charge’ D’affaires Caroline Beresford
Church Service Washington Cathedral
Beating Retreat ceremony, Wellington
New Zealand Anzac Service at the New Zealand memorial in Messines, Belgium
New Zealand Anzac Service, New Zealand memorial, Messines, Belgium
Wreathlaying service at the New Zealand Soldier statue in Messines
Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Jack Steer at New Zealand memorial, Messines, Belgium
Menin Gate, Belgium
It was a fitting close to Anzac Day commemorations in Belgium today with the New Zealand Defence Force contingent acknowledging their Australian Defence Force counterparts with a haka under the Menin Gate in front of hundreds of onlookers.
NZ Memorial, Longueval, France
A wreath is laid at the NZ Memorial at Anzac Day service at Longueval, France
Catafalque Guard at Anzac Day service at NZ Memorial, Longueval, France
Taelar Samuel sings with the NZDF Maori Cultural Group at Anzac Day service at NZ Memorial, Longueval, France
Kaiwero Performer RNZAF Sergeant Raymond O'Brien at the Dawn Service at Anzac Cove.
Dawn Service at Anzac Cove
Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force LT GEN Tim Keating is handed a wreath at the Dawn Service at Anzac Cove
HRH The Prince of Wales and Prince Harry and Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand watch a Maori Cultural Group perform at Anzac Cove.
The NZ Youth Ambassadors sing to the gathering crowds at Chunuk Bair Memorial before the VIP's arrive
The March past of around 3,000 people was led by 1,500 service personnel, representatives of the Armed Forces that fought at Gallipoli
Armed Forces Chiefs about to lay their wreaths in London on Anzac Day. NZ was represented by Brigadier Lofty Haywood.
Armed Forces Chiefs salute after laying their wreaths.
Dawn Services around the country
Last Post played at the Dawn Service at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington
Dawn Service at the Auckland War Memorial
Fly past over the Auckland War Memorial at the Dawn Service
Anzac Day 2015 Dawn Service at Papakura Military Camp
Catafalque Guard at the Gisborne Cenotaph for the Dawn Service
A little boy in the Fields of Remembrance in Gisborne, Anzac Day 2015
Service at the Ataturk Memorial in Wellington