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Public holidays and anniversary dates

New Zealand public holiday and anniversary dates from 2021 to 2024.

The following dates have been put together in good faith from information provided; we can’t guarantee accuracy.

You can get school holiday dates from the Ministry of Education (external link)

Holidays and observances beyond 2024 – timeanddate.com (external link)

Public holiday dates

  Actual date Observed date
2021 2022 2023 2024
New Year's Day 1 January Friday 1 January Saturday 1 January or Monday 3 January Sunday 1 January or Tuesday 3 January Monday 1 January
Day after New Year's Day 2 January Saturday 2 January or Monday 4 January Sunday 2 January or Tuesday 4 January Monday 2 January Tuesday 2 January
Waitangi Day 6 February Saturday 6 February or Monday 8 February Sunday 6 February or Monday 7 February Monday 6 February Tuesday 6 February
Good Friday varies Friday 2 April Friday 15 April Friday 7 April Friday 29 March
Easter Monday varies Monday 5 April Monday 18 April Monday 10 April Monday 1 April
ANZAC Day 25 April Sunday 25 April or Monday 26 April Monday 25 April Tuesday 25 April Thursday 25 April
Queen's Birthday 1st Monday
in June
Monday 7 June Monday 6 June Monday 5 June Monday 3 June
Matariki Varies   Friday 24 June Friday 14 July Friday 28 June
Labour Day 4th Monday
in October
Monday 25 October Monday 24 October Monday 23 October Monday 28 October
Christmas Day 25 December Saturday 25 December (observed 27 December) Sunday 25 December or Tuesday 27 December Monday 25 December Wednesday 25 December
Boxing Day 26 December Sunday 26 December (observed 28 December) Monday 26 December Tuesday 26 December Thursday 26 December

Anniversary dates

Province Actual date Observed date
2021 2022 2023 2024
Auckland 29 January Monday 1 February Monday 31 January Monday 30 January Monday 29 January
Taranaki 31 March

Monday 8 March

Monday 14 March

Monday 13 March

Monday 11 March
Hawke's Bay 1 November Friday 22 October Friday 21 October Friday 20 October Friday 25 October
Wellington 22 January Monday 25 January Monday 24 January Monday 23 January Monday 22 January
Marlborough 1 November Monday 1 November Monday 31 October Monday 30 October Monday 4 November
Nelson 1 February Monday 1 February Friday 31 January Monday 30 January Monday 29 January
Canterbury 16 December Friday 12 November Friday 11 November Friday 17 November Friday 15 November
Canterbury (South) 16 December Monday 27 September Monday 26 September Monday 25 September Monday 23 September
Westland 1 December Monday 29 November Monday 28 November Monday 4 December Monday 2 December
Otago 23 March Monday 22 March Monday 21 March Monday 20 March Monday 25 March
Southland 17 January Tuesday 6 April Tuesday 19 April Tuesday 11 April Tuesday 2 April
Chatham Islands 30 November Monday 29 November Monday 28 November Monday 27 November Monday 2 December

Public holiday notes

Public holiday Notes
Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day & 2 January Holiday These public holidays are observed on the actual day when they fall on a weekday. When they fall on a Saturday/Sunday:
  • If the employee would normally have worked on the Saturday/Sunday, the public holiday is observed on the Saturday/Sunday
  • If the employee would not normally have worked on the Saturday/Sunday, the public holiday is observed on the following Monday/Tuesday
*Waitangi and ANZAC days From 1 January 2014 the public holiday for ANZAC Day and Waitangi Day are “mondayised” if they fall on a Saturday or Sunday and the employee would not normally have worked on that Saturday or Sunday.
Easter Easter dates confirmed by Catholic Church.


Anniversary day notes

Provincial Anniversary days are generally observed on the Monday nearest to the actual day with exceptions listed below.

Taranaki Anniversary Moves to 2nd Monday in March to avoid Easter.
Hawke's Bay Anniversary Moves to Friday before Labour Day.
Marlborough Anniversary Observed 1st Monday after Labour Day.
Canterbury Anniversary Northern & Central Canterbury areas observe Christchurch Show Day. The definition for the Canterbury Anniversary Day celebration as decided by Christchurch City is the second Friday after the first Tuesday in November each year. South Canterbury observes Dominion Day, the 4th Monday in September.
Westland Anniversary Varies throughout Westland, but Greymouth observes the official day.
Otago Anniversary As there is no easily determined single day of local observance for Otago then the parties should rely on either their employment agreement or their own custom and practice. Where there is no clear custom and practice then the parties should seek to find an agreement on how they will observe Anniversary Day. If parties require help to reach agreement on this matter in their workplace, they can seek assistance from the Ministry's Employment Mediation Service. If they are unhappy with how this matter has been handled in their workplace, or they are unable to reach a settlement via mediation, they can then seek assistance from the Employment Relations Authority.
Southland Anniversary In December 2011 the three southern Mayors decided Southland Anniversary Day will be celebrated on Easter Tuesday.

Setting of public holidays

The Holidays Act 2003 lists the holidays, but does not generally set dates for them. Some holidays are set by legislation (eg Waitangi Day Act 1976, ANZAC Day Act 1966, Sovereigns Birthday Observance Act 1952), while others are religious holidays (Easter and Christmas).

Provincial Anniversary Days are observed locally by custom and practice, and are generally prescribed by regional or city councils. You can confirm dates with organisations such as church dioceses, local city and provincial councils, other government departments and business organisations. These provinces relate to the former Provinces of 19th Century New Zealand and are not related to or determined by present-day Districts or Regions.

Public holiday and anniversary dates for previous years

New Zealand public holiday and anniversary dates for 2010 to 2020.

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Page last revised: 06 July 2021

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