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||Wednesday 1 January||Friday 1 January||Saturday 1 January or Monday 3 January|
|Day after New Year's Day||2 January||Thursday 2 January||Saturday 2 January or Monday 4 January||Sunday 2 January or Tuesday 4 January|
|Waitangi Day||6 February||Thursday 6 February||Saturday 6 February or Monday 8 February||Sunday 6 February or Monday 7 February|
|Good Friday||varies||Friday 10 April||Friday 2 April||Friday 15 April|
|Easter Monday||varies||Monday 13 April||Monday 5 April||Monday 18 April|
|ANZAC Day||25 April||Saturday 25 April or Monday 27 April||Sunday 25 April or Monday 26 April||Monday 25 April|
|Queen's Birthday||1st Monday
|Monday 1 June||Monday 7 June||Monday 6 June|
|Labour Day||4th Monday
|Monday 26 October||Monday 25 October||Monday 24 October|
|Christmas Day||25 December||Friday 25 December||Saturday 25 December or Monday 27 December||Sunday 25 December or Tuesday 27 December|
|Boxing Day||26 December||Saturday 26 December or Monday 28 December||Sunday 26 December or Tuesday 28 December||Monday 26 December|
|Province||Actual date||Observed date|
|Auckland||29 January||Monday 27 January||Monday 1 February||Monday 31 January|
Monday 9 March
Monday 8 March
Monday 14 March
|Hawke's Bay||1 November||Friday 23 October||Friday 22 October||Friday 21 October|
|Wellington||22 January||Monday 20 January||Monday 25 January||Monday 24 January|
|Marlborough||1 November||Monday 2 November||Monday 1 November||Monday 31 October|
|Nelson||1 February||Monday 3 February||Monday 1 February||Friday 31 January|
|Canterbury||16 December||Friday 13 November||Friday 12 November||Friday 11 November|
|Canterbury (South)||16 December||Monday 28 September||Monday 27 September||Monday 26 September|
|Westland||1 December||Monday 30 November||Monday 29 November||Monday 28 November|
|Otago||23 March||Monday 23 March||Monday 22 March||Monday 21 March|
|Southland||17 January||Tuesday 14 April||Tuesday 6 April||Tuesday 19 April|
|Chatham Islands||30 November||Monday 30 November||Monday 29 November||Monday 28 November|
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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