'Cacophony of sound' erupts after two-minute silence as 100th anniversary of Armistice Day honoured

New Zealand has honoured the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War One with music, cheers and ringing bells across the country.

The loud celebrations came after a two minute silence at 11am to replicate the joy felt in 1918 when the Great War officially ended.

The loud noises were used to replicate the joyous sounds heard around the country after WWI ended. Source: 1 NEWS

The Evening Post in Wellington described the event at the time as "a roaring chorus of gladsome sounds".

"There were songs and cheers, miscellaneous pipings and blastings and tootings and rattlings."

Applause was matched with ringing bells, naval horns and more. Source: 1 NEWS