Otago Anniversary Day

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2020 Date23 March 2020
2021 Date22 March 2021
Otago Anniversary Day

Otago Anniversary Day History

Otago Anniversary Day commemorates the arrival of the first of two sailing ships of the Lay Association of the Free Church of Scotland that brought with its new settlers.

Otago Anniversary Day is celebrated annually on the closest Monday to 23 March.

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Otago Anniversary Day Facts

  • Otago was a province in New Zealand. New Zealand used to be divided in regions called provinces until their abolishment in 1875 (ceasing to exist in 1876). Each province had governmental powers of its own. Today, they exist only as names of regions and are known as provincial districts. The New Zealand Holidays Act of 1981 established that there would be a local holiday to commemorate the founding of each province.
  • The Otago Province was created in 1853, but the anniversary commemorates the arrival of the ship John Wickliffe and the formation of the Otago settlement in 1848.

Otago Anniversary Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit the historic gold mining towns in the region. Thousands of immigrants from Scotland, Wales, China and other places arrived in Central Otago in the early 1860s to find gold. Around 2 million ounces of gold were mined in Otago by 1867. There were three gold rushes with the last one being from the 1950s to the 1960s.
  • For adventurers, traverse the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand's "Great Walks". Some of the main features of the beautiful alpine environment are the Routeburn River, Routeburn Falls, views of Hollyford Valley and the Darren Mountains, and the Earland Falls.

Otago Anniversary Day References and Related Sites

Routeburn Track
Central Otago Gold Heritage

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