Anzac Day in the Wairarapa
Anzac Day is a special time in the Wairarapa. Explore local history, check out the coast or just enjoy a relaxing break this Anzac Day (25 April).
Here's what's on:
Anzac Day at Tinui
Join the Anzac commemorations at Tinui, near Masterton. The service will begin at 10.30am, organisers recommend people arrive earlier. The Tinui community held the world's first ever Anzac service in 1916. This year Major Steve Fisher will be the guest speaker for the service. Major Fisher commands the Wellington East Coast Squadron of the oldest unit in the New Zealand Army, Queen Alexandra’s Mounted Rifles.
After the service enjoy morning tea, then follow the Anzac Walkway to view the memorial cross at the top of Mount Maunsell (2 hour walk return) - the views are stunning. Transport is available.
This year two Light Armoured Vehicles will be at Tinui and a fly past of vintage military aircraft will occur during the service if weather permits.
Soldiers, veterans and the Te Runga Air Scouts all march to the hall led by the Manawatu Combined Pipe Band.
Discover the Wairarapa coast
Carry on from the Tinui settlement and you will find two speactacular, family-friendly beaches Castlepoint and Riversdale. Castlepoint was voted Top 10 Most Loved Beaches by New Zealanders and is home to the most photogenic lighthouse in NZ! The gently sloping sheltered beach at Riversdale is 4km long and a fantastic place for a beach stroll.
Memorial row of scarlet oaks
The memorial row of scarlet oaks planted on the road side leading to the bridge from the north in Gladstone, represent the sacrifice of the 34 local men who gave their lives in World War I and World War II and now form a beautiful arch way. It is a living memorial to those who died. Just through the avenue of oaks, on the left hand side of the road, is the Maungaraki War Memorial.
School Holiday fun
There is lots on to entertain the kids for the holidays. Check out our handy list of what's on and what not to miss.
Having a long weekend?