Find New Zealand Public Holiday Dates, School Holiday Dates and Regional Holiday Dates for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. New Zealand businesses, accommodations, shops and amenities can become very busy during holidays, so it is advisable that you book well in advance, and check that the places you intend to visit during your New Zealand travel are open.

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New Zealand Public & School Holidays

New Zealand observes 10 nationwide public holidays and 1 provincial holiday each year. New Zealand school dates are based around 4 terms, with school holidays in each season.

School Holidays

Actual school terms and observed school holiday dates may vary between primary, intermediate and secondary schools around New Zealand. Shops, attractions, amenities and accommodations become very busy during school holidays, so it is advisable to book your New Zealand holiday well in advance if you are planning to travel during school holidays.

2014201520162017
Summer School Holidays Fri Dec 20 2013 - Sun 26 Jan Sat 20 Dec 14 - Sun 25 Jan Sat 19 Dec 15 - Sun 31 Jan Wed 21 Dec 16 - Sun 29 Jan
Autumn School Holidays Fri 18 Apr - Sun 4 May Fri 3 Apr - Sun 19 Apr Sat 16 Apr - Sun 1 May Fri 14 Apr - Sun 30 Apr
Winter School Holidays Sat 5 Jul - Sun 20 Jul Sat 4 Jul - Sun 19 Jul Sat 9 Jul - Sun 24 Jul Sat 8 Jul - Sun 23 Jul
Spring School Holidays Sat 28 Sep - Sun 12 Oct Sat 26 Sep - Sun 11 Oct Sat 24 Sep - Sun 9 Oct Sat 30 Sep - Sun 15 Oct

Public Holidays

New Zealand has several public holidays throughout the year. A public holiday is a nationally observed day that most people do not work. For those people who do work, over time rates apply and an extra day is given in lieu. Many shops, attractions and amenities are closed on New Zealand public holidays, so if travelling over public holidays, it is advisable to ensure the places you intend to visit are indeed open. Accommodation tariffs, food and other costs can be more expensive on public holidays.

20142015201620172018
New Year's Day Wed 1 Jan Thurs 1 Jan Fri 1 Jan Sun 1 Jan or
Tues 3 Jan
Mon 1 Jan
Day after New Year's Day Thurs 2 Jan Fri 2 Jan Sat 2 Jan or
Mon 4 Jan
Mon 2 Jan Tues 2 Jan
Waitangi Day Thurs 6 Feb Fri 6 Feb Mon 8 Feb Mon 6 Feb Tues 6 Feb
Good Friday Fri 18 Apr Fri 3 Apr Fri 25 Mar Fri 14 Apr Fri 30 Mar
Easter Monday Mon 21 Apr Mon 6 Apr Mon 28 Mar Mon 17 Apr Mon 2 Apr
ANZAC Day Fri 25 Apr Mon 27 Apr Mon 25 Apr Tues 25 Apr Wed 25 Apr
Queen's Birthday Mon 2 Jun Mon 1 Jun Mon 6 Jun Mon 5 Jun Mon 4 Jun
Labour Day Mon 27 Oct Mon 26 Oct Mon 24 Oct Mon 23 Oct Mon 22 Oct
Christmas Day Thur 25 Dec Fri 25 Dec Sun 25 Dec or
Tues 27 Dec
Mon 25 Dec Tues 25 Dec
Boxing Day Fri 26 Dec Sat 26 Dec or
Mon 28 Dec
Mon 26 Dec Tues 26 Dec Wed 26 Dec

Provincial Holidays

Provincial holidays are a public holiday observed in the province where the employee works. Each province has one such day per year. Many businesses will be closed on their provincial public holiday.

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Auckland Mon 27 Jan Mon 26 Jan Mon 1 Feb Mon 30 Jan Mon 29 Jan
Taranaki Mon 10 Mar Mon 9 Mar Mon 14 Mar Mon 13 Mar Mon 12 Mar
Hawke's Bay Fri 24 Oct Fri 23 Oct Fri 21 Oct Fri 20 Oct Fri 19 Oct
Wellington Mon 20 Jan Mon 19 Jan Mon 25 Jan Mon 23 Jan Mon 22 Jan
Marlborough Mon 3 Nov Mon 2 Nov Mon 31 Oct Mon 30 Oct Mon 29 Oct
Nelson Mon 3 Feb Mon 2 Feb Mon 1 Feb Mon 30 Jan Mon 29 Jan
Canterbury Fri 14 Nov Fri 13 Nov Fri 11 Nov Fri 17 Nov Fri 16 Nov
Canterbury (South) Mon 22 Sep Mon 28 Sep Mon 26 Sep Mon 25 Sep Mon 24 Sep
Westland Mon 1 Dec Mon 30 Nov Mon 28 Nov Mon 4 Dec Mon 3 Dec
Otago Mon 24 Mar Mon 23 Mar Mon 21 Mar Mon 20 Mar Mon 26 Mar
Southland Tues 22 Apr Tues 7 Apr Tues 29 Mar Tues 18 April Tues 3 April
Chatham Islands Mon 1 Dec Mon 30 Nov Mon 28 Nov Mon 27 Nov Mon 3 Dec

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