New Zealand public holidays 2021 -2022
|New Year’s Day||Friday 1 January|
|Day after New Year’s Day||Saturday 2 January or Monday 4 January|
|Waitangi Day||Saturday 6 February or Monday 8 February|
|Good Friday||Friday 2 April|
|Easter Monday||Monday 5 April|
|Anzac Day||Sunday 25 April or Monday 26 April|
|Queen’s Birthday||Monday 7 June|
|Labour Day||Monday 25 October|
|Christmas Day||Saturday 25 December or Monday 27 December|
|Boxing Day||Sunday 26 December or Tuesday 28 December|
NZ public holiday notes
If a holiday falls on the weekend check the Employment NZ website.
|New Year’s Day||Saturday 1 January or Monday 3 January|
|Day after New Year’s Day||Sunday 2 January or Tuesday 4 January|
|Waitangi Day||Sunday 6 February or Monday 7 February|
|Good Friday||Friday 15 April|
|Easter Monday||Monday 18 April|
|Anzac Day||Monday 25 April|
|Queen’s Birthday||Monday 6 June|
|Labour Day||Monday 24 October|
|Christmas Day||Sunday 25 December or Tuesday 27 December|
|Boxing Day||Monday 26 December|
NZ regional anniversary days 2021 – 2022
|Auckland||Monday 1 February|
|Canterbury South||Monday 27 September|
|Canterbury||Friday 12 November|
|Chatham Islands||Monday 29 November|
|Hawke’s Bay||Friday 22 October|
|Marlborough||Monday 1 November|
|Nelson||Monday 1 February|
|Otago||Monday 22 March|
|Southland||Tuesday 6 April|
|Taranaki||Monday 8 March|
|Wellington||Monday 25 January|
|Westland||Monday 29 November|
|Auckland||Monday 31 January|
|Canterbury South||Monday 26 September|
|Canterbury||Friday 11 November|
|Chatham Islands||Monday 28 November|
|Hawke’s Bay||Friday 21 October|
|Marlborough||Monday 31 October|
|Nelson||Monday 31 January|
|Otago||Monday 21 March|
|Southland||Tuesday 19 April|
|Taranaki||Monday 14 March|
|Wellington||Monday 24 January|
|Westland||Monday 28 November|
New Zealand Government website
NZ public holidays are listed by the Holidays Act 2003. However, the actual dates are set in other pieces of legislation such as the Waitangi Day Act 1976, ANZAC Day Act 1966 and Sovereigns Birthday Observance Act 1952.
Other holidays such as Easter and Christmas are religious and treated slightly different.
Regional or city councils set the Provincial Anniversary Days based on custom and practice.
NZ public holidays are administered by Employment NZ.
What to know about NZ public holidays
There are ten NZ public holidays observed each year and a regional anniversary. New Zealand is not like Australia with a State/Territory model and so the holiday system is much more consistent across the country.
Public holidays that are unique to NZ
Waitangi Day marks the initial signing of the treaty of Waitangi in the Bay of Island on 6th February 1840. It is regarded as the founding document of New Zealand and is as close to a Constitution as NZ gets.
However, it was not until 1934 that Waitangi Day was celebrated and it wasn’t until 1974 that the day became a public holiday. Now, 6th February is a national holiday and if it falls on a weekend, the following Monday becomes a holiday.
On the day, NZ citizenship ceremonies are held, public gatherings occur, parties, social events, Maori hui on maraes occur and at Waitangi itself in recent years, protests.
New Zealand regional anniversary days
Regional Anniversary Days in NZ are heavily geared towards making the most of the spring and summer months, allowing residents additional long weekends when the weather lends itself to outdoor activities.
The timing of NZ public holidays
Most public holidays are from December through to April (also when the weather is best). NZ faces a long winter with few holidays, so this is a duration when leave is best used to breakup the winter with spells off for skiing or travelling to the northern hemisphere for some relief.
Visiting NZ during a public holiday
The best time to visit NZ is February – March. It is worth noting that between Christmas and New Year, shops may have limited hours and businesses tend to shut down.
NZ school holiday and term dates
If you’re looking for school holiday and school term dates for New Zealand, you can view them here.
Why are Mother’s Day and Father’s Day not listed as NZ public holidays?
Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are Observances rather than a public holiday for Kiwis. Unfortunately, NZ does not receive a legislated holiday or day off in lieu.