Taranaki Anniversary Day

Quick Facts

2023 Date13 March 2023
2024 Date11 March 2024
Taranaki Anniversary Day

Taranaki Anniversary Day History

Taranaki Anniversary Day commemorates the creation of the Taranaki province. Originally known as the New Plymouth province, it was later renamed to Taranaki.

Taranaki Anniversary Day is celebrated annually on the second Monday of March.

Taranaki Anniversary Day Facts

  • Per the New Zealand Holidays Act of 1981, a holiday was established to celebrate the founding of each of the provinces that formed New Zealand. These provinces had governmental powers and were abolished in 1875 (actually ending in 1876). Now known as provincial districts, they serve only as designations of regions.
  • Taranaki was the first province to celebrate its 100th anniversary (1841-1941). School children formed up in a field to create an image of Mount Taranaki and the words "Taranaki centennial 1841-1941."

Taranaki Anniversary Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Go surfing. In Taranaki, you can find some of the best surf spots in New Zealand. Some popular ones are Ahu Ahu Road and Kumera Patch.
  • For experienced adventurers, there is Mount Taranaki. The mountain is of great spiritual significance to the Maori, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, and it's recommended not to stand on the highest point of the summit out of respect.

Taranaki Anniversary Day References and Related Sites

www.camptocamp.org: Mount Taranaki

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