2 Feb 2014

Almost 10,000 in Gallipoli ticket ballot

6:01 pm on 2 February 2014

Nearly 10,000 New Zealanders have applied to take part in 100th anniversary Anzac Day celebrations at Gallipoli next year.

Anzac poppies.

Photo: PHOTO NZ

New Zealanders have been allocated 2000 tickets to the Anzac Day ceremonies on the Turkish peninsula, meaning four in five will miss out.

The ballot for those tickets closed at midnight on Friday and the New Zealand Government said 9909 entries had been received. That number does not include applications posted before 31 January but yet to reach organisers.

The ballot will be drawn later this month and applicants will be advised whether they have been successful by 31 March. Those successful will be given up to two passes to the services on 25 April 2015.

Australia was allocated 8000 tickets compared to New Zealand's 2000 based on the number of casualties suffered during the eight-month Gallipoli campaign in 1915, AAP reports.

More than 42,000 Australians have applied for those tickets.

Entering the ballot for attendance passes is the only way to attend the 2015 Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli. Passes are free but those successful must make their own travel arrangements.

About 13,000 New Zealanders and 50,000 Australians served at Gallipoli, with 2721 New Zealanders and 8709 Australians killed over the eight months.