A visit to Gallipoli in Turkey is on the agenda of many New Zealand tourists who visit this part of the world. A number of travel companies offer guided tours of the Gallipoli peninsula. You should consult your travel agent about these tours, for the quality and price varies considerably.
Independent travelers usually reach Gallipoli via Istanbul, one of the world's oldest and largest cities. There are many important historical sites in Istanbul, especially in the Sultanahmet or the old city. The Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Haghia Sofia, the Grand Bazaar and the Sultan's Palace are among the places most visited by tourists.
Travel by road, either in rental car or by bus, is the easiest way to reach Gallipoli from Istanbul. Çanakkale, a 30-minute ferry ride from the Gallipoli peninsula, is an ideal base for a Gallipoli battlefield visit. Çanakkale has vivid reminders of the Gallipoli campaign. On a hill to the south of the waterfront is inscribed in large lettering '18 Mart 1915', the day Turks repelled the naval attack on the Dardanelles.
The starting point for visitors to the Anzac area will usually be Eceabat, which is linked by ferry with Çanakkale. Near the turn off just north of the town is a Visitor Centre, opened in 2005.
A few kilometres south of Anzac Cove, at Kabatepe, there is also an Information Centre, which contains a small museum of items retrieved from the battlefield. In summer refreshments can be purchased at stalls set up in its car park.
Download the Ngā Tapuwae app to experience the Gallipoli peninsular with interactive trails and an audio guide.
We recommend all New Zealanders planning on travelling to Turkey and Gallipoli read the New Zealand Government’s travel advice for Turkey and to register their travel details on SafeTravel