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) .
Public holiday dates
|Actual date||Observed date|
|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||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
|Monday 7 June||Monday 6 June||Monday 5 June||Monday 3 June|
|Labour Day||4th Monday
|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|
|Province||Actual date||Observed date|
|Auckland||29 January||Monday 1 February||Monday 31 January||Monday 30 January||Monday 29 January|
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 19 November||Friday 18 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
|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:
|*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.
Tools and Resources
Leave and holidays guide - PDF 1.8MB
A guide to employees’ minimum leave and holiday entitlements.
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