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New Zealand School Holidays

Dates for the Holidays in New Zealand

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The New Zealand school year is divided into four terms, with the longest break being over the Christmas/summer period.

In addition, there are Public Holidays in New Zealand when schools and many businesses are closed. Generally these days commemorate a particular occasion or aspect of significance to the country.

School holidays and public holidays can be busy at the main tourist spots, particularly in the summer. Traffic can be congested in and out of the main cities at the beginning and end of holiday weekends (the public holidays often occur on a Friday or Monday, creating in effect a 'long' weekend.). The most popular holiday places are the Bay of Islands, Coromandel, Taupo and Queenstown

Accommodation - particularly at backpackers, campsites and motels - can also be hard to find during the peak summer holiday times so it pays to book as far ahead as you can.

New Zealand School Term Dates for 2013

Term 1 - Monday 28 Jan - Friday 19 April
Term 2 - Monday 6 May - Friday 12 July
Term 3 - Monday 29 July - Friday 27 September
Term 4 - Monday 14 October - no later than Friday 20 December

New Zealand School Term Dates for 2014

Term 1 - Between Monday 27 January (at the earliest); and Friday 7 February (at the latest) - Thursday 17 April
Term 2 - Monday 5 May - Friday 4 July
Term 3 - Monday 21 July - Friday 26 September
Term 4 - Monday 13 October - no later than Friday 19 December

NZ public holiday dates 2012-16

  Actual Date 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
New Years Day 1 January Sunday 1 January Tuesday 1 January

Wednesday 1 January

Thursday 1 January

Friday 1 January

Day after New Years Day 2 January

Monday 2 Jan

Wednesday 2 January

Thursday 2 January

Friday 2 January

Monday4 January

Waitangi Day 6 February

Monday 6 Feb

Wednesday 6 February

Thursday 6 February

Friday 6 February

Saturday 6 February

Good Friday varies

Friday 6 April

Friday 29 March

Friday 18 April

Friday 3 April

Friday 25 March

Easter Monday varies

Monday 9 April

Monday 1 April

Monday21 April

Monday6 April

Monday28 March

ANZAC Day 25 April

Wednesday 25 April

Thursday 25 April

Friday 25 April

Saturday 25 April

Monday25 April

Queen's Birthday 1st Monday in June

Monday 4 June

Monday 3 June

Monday2 June

Monday1 June

Monday6 June

Labour Day 4th Monday in October

Monday 22 October

Monday 28 October

Monday27 October

Monday26 October

Monday24 October

Christmas Day 25 December

Tuesday 25 December

Wednesday 25 December

Thursday 25 December

Friday 25 December

Sunday 25 December

Boxing Day 26 December

Wednesday 26 December

Thursday 26 December

Friday 26 December

Monday28 December

Monday 26 December

             
Province Actual Date 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Auckland 29 January

Monday 30 January

Monday 28 January

Monday 27 January

Monday 26 January

Monday 1 February

Taranaki 31 March

Monday 12 March

Monday 11 March

Monday 10 March

Monday 9 March

Monday 14 March

Hawkes' Bay 1 November

Friday 19 October

Friday 25 October

Friday 24 October

Friday 23 October

Friday 21 October

Wellington 22 January

Monday 23 January

Monday 21 January

Monday 20 January

Monday 19 January

Monday 25 January

Marlborough 1 November

Monday 29 October

Monday 4 November

Monday 3 November

Monday 2 November

Monday 31 October

Nelson 1 February

Monday 30 January

Monday 4 February

Monday 3 February

Monday 2 February

Monday 1 February

Canterbury 16 December

Friday 16 November

Friday 15 November

Friday 14 November

Friday 13 November

Friday 11 November

Canterbury (South) 16 December

Monday 24 September

Monday 23 September

Monday 22 September

Monday 28 September

Monday 26 September

Westland 1 December

Monday 3 December

Monday 2 December

Monday 1 December

Monday 30 November

Monday 5 December

Otago 23 March

Monday 26 March

Monday 25 March

Monday 24 March

Monday 23 March

Monday 21 March

Southland 17 January

Monday 16 January

Monday 14 January

Monday 20 January

Monday 19 January

Monday 18 January

Chatham Islands 30 November

Monday 3 December

Monday 2 December

Monday 1 December

Monday 30 November

Monday 28 November

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