Anzac Day commemorations
If you are thinking of attending an Anzac Day ceremony, we recommend you read the latest Travel advisory for France (external link).
In metropolitan France, Anzac Day ceremonies are held every year in Longueval and Le Quesnoy on the nearest weekend to 25 April. Ceremonies are also held in New Caledonia in Noumea, Bourail (New Zealand's cemetery of Pacific war dead) and Plaine des Gaiacs. For further information on ceremonies for New Caledonia contact the New Zealand Consulate General in Noumea.
The next Anzac Day ceremony in Longueval will take place on Saturday 22 April 2017 at 15h00 at the New Zealand Battlefield Memorial. Visitors are welcome to attend. A free shuttle will depart from the Longueval town centre at 14h00 and return after the ceremony. Strictly no parking on site.
Directions: To get to Longueval from Paris: take the autoroute A1 north, following the signs for Valenciennes/Bruxelles. Take exit n°13.1 to Albert. Go through tolls, take the second exit onto the D938 towards Albert/Bray-sur-Somme/Curlus/Combles. Turn right onto the D197 to Longueval (just before Maricourt). With Delville Wood on your right, fork left onto rue du Calvaire (partial dirt road) which leads to the New Zealand Memorial (external link). To get to Caterpillar Valley cemetery (external link), take the D20 (route de Bazentin), 1km west of Longueval on the south side of the road to Contalmaison.
The next Anzac Day ceremonies in Le Quesnoy will take place on Sunday 23 April 2017.
During the WW1 centennial period (2014-2018), there will be a dawn ceremony commencing at 06h00 organised by the New Zealand Defence Force at the Le Quesnoy Communal Cemetery Extension (external link) where a number of New Zealand soldiers from the First World War are buried. The Embassy will be represented at this wreath laying ceremony by the New Zealand Ambassador. Visitors are invited to assemble at 05h45.
Visitors are also welcome to gather for the annual procession departing at 11h00 from the Place du Général Leclerc to the New Zealand Memorial departs. Wreaths are laid at the New Zealand Memorial wall then at the French Memorial in the town centre.
Directions: To get to Le Quesnoy from Paris: take the autoroute A1 north, following the signs for Valenciennes/Bruxelles. As you approach Valenciennes, take the motorway exit marked "Maubeuge/Le Quesnoy". Follow the signs on the N4 then the D934 to Le Quesnoy. Estimated travelling time from Paris: 2h30. Trains from Paris (Gare du Nord) to Le Quesnoy can be booked through the SNCF (French rail).