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Advice for Gallipoli travellers

Aview of the tightly packed crowds gathered for the New Zealand ANZAC Day Service.
A view of the tightly packed crowds gathered for the New Zealand Anzac Day Service 2005 at Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli. (OH05-0163-57)

5 March 2010

Veterans Affairs New Zealand (VANZ) reminds New Zealanders intending to travel to Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade safetravel service www.safetravel.govt.nz – the official source of advice for New Zealanders travelling or living overseas.

Each year around 20,000 visitors, mainly from New Zealand, Australia and Turkey, attend Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli peninsula.

Both the safetravel and the VANZ website contain helpful information which will help travellers to better prepare for Anzac Day at Gallipoli.

VANZ Manager Corporate and Commemorations Elaine Myers- Davies said, “In past years we have seen some New Zealanders arrive at Gallipoli wearing flimsy footwear, like jandals. To get from the Dawn Service to Chunuk Bair for the New Zealand memorial service travellers will need to walk several kilometres often on uneven and dirt roads, so sensible walking shoes are a must.”

Both websites contain information on the services on Anzac Day, what to bring, prohibited items, expected weather conditions, safety and security advice.

“We hope that New Zealanders travelling to Gallipoli for Anzac Day will find the information useful and informative,” Ms Myers-Davies said.

ENDS

For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group 04 496 0273 or 021 569 130.


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