Nelson Anniversary Day

New Zealand Public Holidays in 2017 Regional Holiday in New Zealand

Nelson, whose Anniversary Day is celebrated on the Monday closest to 22 January

When is Nelson Anniversary Day?

How long until Nelson Anniversary Day?
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Dates of
Year Weekday Date
2019 Monday February 4th
2018 Monday January 29th
2017 Monday January 30th
2016 Monday February 1st
1 Day
Nelson only. Commemorates the arrival of the first New Zealand Company boat, the Fifeshire on 1 February 1842

Nelson Anniversary Day is celebrated on the Monday nearest to 1 February.

The holiday commemorates the arrival of the first New Zealand Company boat on 1 February 1842.

History of Nelson Anniversary Day

Nelson is the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand. The first Europeans to establish a settlement in the area now known as Nelson arrived on the ship Fifeshire on 1 February 1842.

The Fifeshire set sail from London on 17 September 1841 with 170 passengers. During the voyage, 17 died from an outbreak of fever. Five babies were born during the four and a half month journey.

This was the Fifeshire's first journey, but it was also its last. Following its arrival in Nelson, it departed for China but never left Nelson Harbour as the ship was wrecked on a reef.

Anniversary Days in New Zealand

The Holidays Act 1981 specifies each locality observing a Provincial Anniversary Day to celebrate the founding days or landing days of the first colonists of the various colonial provinces.

However the exact dates are not legislated for.

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