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Canterbury Anniversary Day

Canterbury Anniversary Day 2019 and 2020

The “old provincial system” was abolished in 1876, but nonetheless, the “regions” of New Zealand are generally defined by the boundaries of the former provinces. And each region gets its own statutory holiday to celebrate its founding.

201915 NovFriCanterbury Anniversary Day
202013 NovFriCanterbury Anniversary Day

The central east coastal area of the South Island is the Canterbury Region. The northern and central portions of Canterbury Region celebrate their founding day on the second Friday following the first Tuesday of November. It is called simply “Canterbury Anniversary Day”.

In the main hub city of the region, Christchurch, Canterbury Show Day is made to coincide with Canterbury Anniversary Day. The show is agricultural and pastoral at its base, but there are many other events that spring up with it or around it.

You will find fairs, local food sold at food stalls, concerts, cultural exhibits, and more going on in the main towns of Christchurch and Ashburton. But you can also get outside the urban centres to enjoy such activities as hiking, trekking, mountain biking, white-water rafting, and exploring state and national parks and nature reserves.