New Zealand time zones and important dates

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Find out about New Zealand's time zones and Daylight Saving, as well as public and school holidays, to help you plan your trip.

Time zone

New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

See what time it is in New Zealand right now.

Daylight Saving

In Summer, New Zealand time uses 'Daylight Saving', with clocks put forward one hour to GMT+13.

Daylight Saving begins on the last Sunday in September and ends on the first Sunday of the following April, when clocks are put back to GMT+12.

See the dates for Daylight Saving, when the clock will change.

Public holidays

It's important to be aware of public holidays which may fall during your trip to New Zealand. Accommodation and activities will be busier than usual, and some public services, like transport, may be limited.

Public holidays are national holidays, while anniversary dates are holidays within a particular region.

See the dates for public holidays and anniversary days in New Zealand.

School holidays

Like public holidays, school holidays mean more people travelling and doing activities around the country.

See the dates for school holidays in New Zealand.

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