Nelson Anniversary Day

Nelson Anniversary Day Quick Facts

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2021 Date1 February 2021
2022 Date31 January 2022
Nelson Anniversary Day

Nelson Anniversary Day History

Nelson Anniversary Day commemorates the arrival of the first New Zealand Company boat to Nelson on 1 February, 1842. The ship, named Fifeshire, brought with it 170 passengers from Britain to Nelson.

Nelson Anniversary is celebrated annually on 1 February.

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Nelson Anniversary Day Facts

  • Nelson was a province in New Zealand. Provinces no longer exist, but their founding is commemorated locally per the New Zealand Holidays Act of 1981. Now known as provincial districts, which serve only to indicate an area, provinces had governmental powers. Provinces were abolished in 1875 and ceased to exist in 1876.
  • Horse racing, sailing regatta, foot races, and ploughing and shooting matches were part of the celebrations during the early years.

Nelson Anniversary Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit the vineyards. Nelson is renowned for its wines and winemaking, such as its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Visit the Abel Tasman National Park. Go down its Coast Track, a 60 km trail featuring golden sand beaches, a rock pool with a waterslide called Cleopatra's Pool, wild fur seals and more. The Coast Track is one of New Zealand's nine "Great Walks".

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