It was the biggest crowd to camp at the peninsula since the centenary celebrations.
What happened on the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey 108 years ago has shocked and shaped Aotearoa New Zealand ever since.
Christchurch Cathedral Square held its first Anzac Day dawn service since the earthquakes.
Watch the Anzac Day Dawn Service here.
This was a moment most here have waited a lifetime for.
"I wouldn't want to see that day become another one where people just see it as a day off."
"We want to be able to have a day for our vets and our modern vets aren't recognised a lot compared to like ANZAC."
"Anzac 2015 was the time that they did it."
It's a story they didn't know about until this year.