Otago Anniversary Day 2020

Public holidays in New Zealand in 2019 Regional Holiday in New Zealand

Otago Anniversary Day in New Zealand is celebrated on the Monday closest to 23 March
The Moeraki Boulders. Large and spherical boulders on Koekohe Beach, Otago, New Zealand

When is Otago Anniversary Day?

How long until Otago Anniversary Day?
This holiday next takes place in 302 Days.
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2020 Monday
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Otago Anniversary Day is 23 March, but is celebrated on the closest Monday. In 1848 settlers first arrived at Koputai (Port Chalmers)

The actual date of Otago Anniversary Day is 23 March, but the public holiday is celebrated on the closest Monday.

On 23 March 1848 the 'John Wickliffe', the first of two sailing ships chartered by the Lay Association of the Free Church of Scotland to bring settlers to Otago landed at Koputai (Port Chalmers).

Otago Province was created in 1852, named after an old Māori word meaning 'isolated village'. The province was abolished in 1876.

Otago is the second most southerly region of New Zealand and the fourth largest region. Dunedin is the only city in the region.

Provincial 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. The actual observance days can vary even within each province and is due to local custom, convenience or the proximity of seasonal events or other holidays. This may differ from the official observance day, and may be several weeks from the official day.

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