Plan your travel around public holidays to quickly turn a three-day weekend into a longer adventure.
New Zealand observespublic holidays across the year. With a total of 22 holidays consisting of a variety of cultural, national and religious observances, you can take advantage and plan short breaks during long weekends all year round.
Take note of these dates, as you may need to book accommodation or activities to make the most of your much awaited holiday break.
These holidays are recognized nationwide and may or may not fall under the same dates every year. Should some of these dates fall on a Sunday, then the following Monday will be considered the holiday.
National public holidays 2024
New Year’s Day: Monday 1 January
Day after New Year’s Day: Tuesday 2 January
Waitangi Day: Tuesday 6 February
Good Friday: Friday 29 March
Easter Monday: Monday 1 April
Anzac Day: Thursday 25 April
King's Birthday: Monday 3 June
Matariki Day: Friday 28 June
Labour Day: Monday 28 October
Christmas Day: Wednesday 25 December
Boxing Day: Thursday 26 December
National public holidays 2023
New Year’s Day: Sunday 1 January or Tuesday 3 January
Day after New Year’s Day: Monday 2 January
Waitangi Day: Monday 6 February
Good Friday: Friday 7 April
Easter Monday: Monday 10 April
Anzac Day: Tuesday 25 April
King's Birthday: Monday 5 June
Matariki: Friday 14 July
Labour Day: Monday 23 October
Christmas Day: Monday 25 December
Boxing Day: Tuesday 26 December
Ngā Mata o te Ariki, more commonly known as Matariki - is a cluster of stars that rises in mid winter, traditionally marking the start of the Māori New Year. TheMatariki Festival is unique to New Zealand and will be observed as a public holiday on the 14th of June2023.
Regional Anniversary Holidays
Regional or provincial anniversary days are normally observed on a Monday nearest to the actual day.This means they are always a great opportunity for a long weekend away.
These holidaysare only celebrated within each province, and not nationwide.