Auckland Anniversary Day is now celebrated on the Monday closest to January 29 in order to provide people a three-day weekend instead of the original date of January 29.
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Contrary to popular belief, Auckland was not actually created on January 29, but rather on that day, explorer and first governor of New Zealand William Hobson first saw North Island at the Bay of Islands.
When Hobson landed in New Zealand in 1840, he swiftly negotiated the Treaty of Waitangi with the Maori, which resulted in New Zealand becoming a British colony. Hobson established Auckland and proclaimed it the nation’s capital on September 18, 1840. A modest regatta with only three races was staged in Waitemata Harbour in Auckland that same year.
The tradition of the Auckland Regatta and the designation of January 29 as Auckland Anniversary Day both gained formal recognition in 1850. The enthusiasm was amplified in those early days by the participation of Maori canoes, neighbourhood fishing boats, and whaling boats. Over the years, races including yachts, sailboats, and even seaplanes were introduced.
The regatta is the main event of Auckland Anniversary Day and is currently the biggest one-day event of its sort in the world.
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