Auckland Anniversary Day
is a public holiday
observed in the northern half of the North Island
of New Zealand
. It is observed throughout the historic Auckland Province
(not just the present-day Auckland Region
) even though the provinces of New Zealand
were abolished in 1876. The holiday usually falls on the Monday closest to 29 January
, the anniversary of the arrival of William Hobson
, later the first Governor of New Zealand, in the Bay of Islands
Auckland Anniversary Day was established by Governor Hobson's direction, over Willoughby Shortland's signature, in 1842. The New Zealand Government Gazette of 26 January, 1842 (Volume 2, 4th Edition) carried a notice stating
"Saturday, the 29th instant, being the SECOND ANNIVERSARY of the establishment of the Colony, His Excellency the Governor has been pleased to direct that day to be held a GENERAL HOLIDAY, on which occasion the Public Officers will be closed."
The Auckland Anniversary Regatta
, the largest single-day regatta in the world, takes place on this long weekend holiday.