NZ school holidays

new zealand school holidays

NZ School Holidays 2021 to 2022

Term 1Monday 1 February (at the earliest) and Tuesday 9 February (at the latest) to Friday 16 April
Term 2Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July
Term 3Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October 
Term 4Monday 18 October to no later than Monday 20 December

Term 1Monday 31 January (at the earliest) and Tuesday 8 February (at the latest) to Thursday 14 April
Term 2Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July
Term 3Monday 25 July to Friday 30 September
Term 4Monday 17 October to no later than Tuesday 20 December

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NZ school holiday notes

All schools and kura (Māori-medium schools) have flexibility around their start and finish dates. However, terms 2 and 3 are fixed.

In 2021, schools must ensure they are open to a day in December which ensures there has been instruction for a minimum of 380 half-days. In 2022, this rises to 386 half-days for primary students, but remains at 380 for secondary and composite schools.

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Official Information

New Zealand’s Education department sets school holidays dates and policies. You can visit their website here.

Previous NZ school holidays


NZ Public Holidays

NZ public holidays for 2021 – 2022 are listed here.