Auckland Anniversary Day

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2021 Date1 February 2021
2022 Date31 January 2022
Auckland Anniversary Day

Auckland Anniversary Day History

Auckland Anniversary Day celebrates the arrival of Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson in the Bay Islands on January 29, 1840. His arrival marked the reign of British sovereignty over New Zealand and the new capital of Auckland as the colony separated from New South Wales. Hobson went on to become the first governor of New Zealand in 1841 but later died in Auckland in September 1842.

Auckland Anniversary Day is celebrated annually on the Monday closest to January 29 in order to mark Hobson's arrival. In 1841, the government proclaimed 29 January as Auckland's official anniversary day.

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Auckland Anniversary Day Facts & Quotes

  • Hobson was born in Ireland in 1792 but traveled to New Zealand from Australia.
  • Auckland was named in honor of Hobson's friend George Eden, Earl of Auckland. In 1865, the capital was moved to Wellington.
  • In 1850, the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta because the official day's celebration event.
  • Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say. This was their finest hour. - Winston Churchill, Former British Prime Minister
  • New Zealand was colonised initially by those Australian who had the initiaive to escape. - Robert Muldoon

Auckland Anniversary Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Attend or take part in the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta. The Regatta attracts competitors and spectators from around the country and is one of the largest on-day regattas in the world.
  • Generate awareness for the day on social media by using hashtags #Auckland, #AucklandDay and #AucklandNZ.
  • Read a book about New Zealand's history to gain a better understanding of the British colonization that led to present day New Zealand. Some of our favorites include: The British Colonization of New Zealand, Colonization and Development in New Zealand and The Penguin History of New Zealand.
  • Enjoy the day off to attend the Auckland Seafood Festival which takes place over the long weekend. Enjoy some delightful seafood dishes from the nation's sea coast.
  • Head to the Auckland International Buskers Festival on the waterfront. The Festival is free of charge and boasts some of the best street entertainment in the world.

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