Emotional haka at Chunuk Bair concludes Anzac commemorations in Gallipoli

A stirring haka at Chunuk Bair has concluded this year's Anzac commemorations in Gallipoli.

Led by the New Zealand Defence Force, they were embraced by the descendants of the Māori Battalion, including one 87-year-old who was determined to make her ancestors proud. 

Under the April sun in Turkey, New Zealanders embarked on an Anzac mission - making the steep eight-kilometre walk up from Anzac Cove to the New Zealand national memorial at Chunuk Bair.

"We've worked out that when our great grandfathers were going off to Gallipoli they were probably on the same boat from Dunedin," one person told Newshub.

It's a rite of passage for sleep-deprived Kiwis but the two-hour climb after a dawn service is hard yakka.

"That last kilometre was the longest last kilometre I've ever walked. It went on and on and on, it was up and up and up," Māori Battalion descendent Kiri Potaka-Dewes said. 

Potaka-Dewes, 87, was determined not to be out-walked by her whānau and was appropriately treated to a red carpet upon arrival.

It's no surprise she wanted to be here. Chunuk Bair is one of the most visited sites in Turkey - steeped in history for both countries.

"The generation of New Zealanders who fought here were dealt a particularly hard hand by history," Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Andrew Little said.

As their sacrifice was honoured, the agony of the New Zealand ancestors who died here was all-consuming.

The privilege to stand where they fell was felt acutely by our Defence Force.

"Even though we leave this place we will feel it when we get home and for many years to come, many generations to come," Chief Petty Officer of NZ Navy Aaron Pau said.

In August 1915, through a valiant effort, the New Zealand soldiers captured Chunuk Bair - but it was only fleeting. Within days the Ottoman Forces had reclaimed the peak for good.

There is deep regret at Gallipoli that our young men ever landed on this peninsula but there is no regret over this generation following them.

The pledge has been made to remember our soldiers and their place here at the heart of this history.