Southland Anniversary Day

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2021 Date6 April 2021
2022 Date19 April 2022
Southland Anniversary Day

Southland Anniversary Day History

Southland Anniversary Day commemorates the split of Southland from the province of Otago. On 1 April 1861, Southland split from Otago into its own province.

Southland Anniversary Day is celebrated on the Tuesday following Easter.

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Southland Anniversary Day Facts

  • Prior to their abolishment in 1875, New Zealand was formed by provinces with local governmental powers. They were abolished in 1875 and are known today as provincial districts, which have no powers. Their founding is celebrated locally as established by the New Zealand Holidays Act of 1981.
  • Before the abolishment of all provinces, Southland became part of Otago again in 1870. It was a move welcomed by Southland residents because Otago was prospering due to the Central Otago Gold Rush.

Southland Anniversary Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit the Milford Sound. The Milford Sound, located in the Fiordland National Park, is the most popular tourist attraction in New Zealand. The sound is a fjord, which is an inlet that was sculpted by glaciers. The views on your way there are just as beautiful as the destination, so take your time while driving down Milford Road. You can also walk there through the famous Milford Track. The Milford Sound was hailed as the eighth wonder of the world by writer Rudyard Kipling.
  • Visit the Hokonui Moonshine Museum to see a recreation of the moonshine industry in the Gore District during the prohibition era.

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