1839 in New Zealand
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Regal and viceregal
- Head of State — Queen Victoria
- Governor of New South Wales — Sir George Gipps
- Lieutenant-Governor — Captain William Hobson (ratified 30 July)
Government and law
- 3 March or 4 March — John Carne Bidwell is the first European to climb Mount Ngauruhoe. Ngāti Tūwharetoa chief, Te Heuheu Tukino II is enraged that the tapu on the mountain has been disregarded and bans further climbs.
- 4 May — William Wakefield of the New Zealand Company leaves from London for New Zealand on the Tory.
- 30 July — Ratification of William Hobson as Lieutenant-Governor of New Zealand.
- 13 August — Confirmation of Hobson’s appointment as British consul to New Zealand.
- 14 August — Lord Normanby issues Hobson with instructions for official dealings with New Zealand.
- 23 December — While visiting the Taranaki Ernst Dieffenbach, along with whaler James Heberley, becomes the first European to climb Mount Taranaki/Egmont.
- The Weller brothers whaling settlement at Otakou on the shore of Otago Harbour has the largest population of Europeans in New Zealand outside the Bay of Islands/Hokianga.
- An Anglican mission station is established at Otaki by Reverend Octavius Hadfield.
- A whaling station and trading post is set up at Wairoa by Captain William Barnard Rhodes.
- 5 January (in Bohemia): Gottfried Lindauer, painter
- (in Jersey): Edward Bartley, architect
- Te Wera Hauraki, Ngāpuhi tribal leader
- List of years in New Zealand
- Timeline of New Zealand history
- History of New Zealand
- Military history of New Zealand
- Timeline of the New Zealand environment
- Timeline of New Zealand's links with Antarctica
- Wises New Zealand Guide, 7th Edition, 1979. p. 296.
- Landcare Research
- Wises New Zealand Guide, 7th Edition, 1979. p. 499.
- Todd, S. (1976) Sporting Records of New Zealand. Auckland: Moa Publications. ISBN 0-908570-00-7
- Wises New Zealand Guide, 7th Edition, 1979. p. 324.
- Wises New Zealand Guide, 7th Edition, 1979. p. 483.