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Auckland Anniversary Day

Auckland Anniversary Day is the perfect excuse to explore this beautiful city and its rich history - don't miss out on the festivities!
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January 29
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New Zealand
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Introduction

Get ready to celebrate Auckland Anniversary Day on January 29, a special day that honors the founding of New Zealand's largest city. This holiday has been observed since 1841 and is a great opportunity for locals and tourists alike to enjoy all that this vibrant city has to offer. From cultural events and festivals to outdoor activities and delicious food, there's something for everyone on this exciting day. So mark your calendars and get ready to join in on the celebration of Auckland's rich history and diverse community!

History of Auckland Anniversary Day

Auckland Anniversary Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1840</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Auckland Founded</div><div class='timeline-text'>Captain William Hobson, the first Governor of New Zealand, officially proclaimed Auckland a city on September 18th, 1840.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1842</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Anniversary Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>The people of Auckland began commemorating the anniversary of their city's founding in 1842.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1842-1870</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Anniversary Day Formalization</div><div class='timeline-text'>Over the course of these years, the celebration became more formalized, and January 29th was eventually recognized as the official date.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1935</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction of Regatta</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Auckland Anniversary Regatta, the biggest one-day regatta in the world, was incorporated as part of Auckland Anniversary Day celebrations.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Auckland Anniversary Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Explore the city</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take advantage of the holiday and explore all that Auckland has to offer. Visit museums, galleries, parks, and other landmarks to learn more about the city's rich history and culture.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a festival or event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Auckland Anniversary Day is often celebrated with various festivals and events throughout the city. Check out the schedule and attend one that interests you, whether it's a music festival, food fair, or cultural celebration.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Have a picnic at the beach</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pack a picnic basket and head to one of Auckland's beautiful beaches for a relaxing day in the sun. Enjoy some delicious food and soak up the stunning views of the ocean.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a hike</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get some exercise and explore nature by going on a hike in one of Auckland's many scenic trails. It's a great way to appreciate the city's natural beauty and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Have a BBQ with friends and family</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your loved ones and have a BBQ at a local park or in your own backyard. Enjoy some delicious food, good company, and celebrate the holiday together.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Auckland Anniversary Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a celebration of Auckland history and culture</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Auckland Anniversary Day commemorates the founding of the city by Governor William Hobson in 1840. It's a day to reflect on the rich history of this beloved city and all the diverse cultures that make it so unique.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a public holiday</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Who doesn't love a day off? Auckland Anniversary Day gives locals the chance to relax, spend time with loved ones, and participate in fun events and activities happening around the city.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>There's always something exciting happening</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From festivals and parades to sports games and concerts, there's no shortage of things to do on Auckland Anniversary Day. It's a great opportunity to get out and explore all that this amazing city has to offer.</p></div></div>

5 Facts About the City of Auckland

Auckland Anniversary Day FAQs

When is Auckland Anniversary Day?

Auckland Anniversary Day is celebrated on January 29 every year. In 2024 Auckland Anniversary Day will occur on a Monday.

Auckland Anniversary Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Jan 29

Sunday

2024

Jan 29

Monday

2025

Jan 29

Wednesday

2026

Jan 29

Thursday

2027

Jan 29

Friday

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