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 2021
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
National public holidays 2022
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
Matariki Day: Friday 24 June
Labour Day: Monday 24 October
Christmas Day: Sunday 25 December or Tuesday 27 December
Boxing Day: Monday 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 for the first time on the 24th of June2022.
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.
Regional anniversary dates 2021
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
Regional anniversary dates 2022
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
How tomake the most of your holidays
With several holiday dates like Easter and Anzac Day, April is the best month to plan your holiday around. Consider these two scenarios:
If you left on Saturday the 27th of March and returned on Sunday the 11th of April, you’d enjoy 16 days of holiday using only eight days annual leave, thanks to Good Friday and Easter Monday public holidays.
If you left on Saturday the 27th of March and returned on the day after the ANZAC Day public holiday, the 27th, you’d have 31 days of holiday for just 18 days of annual leave.
Public holidays often fall in school holiday periods, which may mean busier activities, flights and accommodation. Consider planning your itinerary, looking at deals and booking in advance when you get your dates sorted, so you and your familycan enjoy atress-free break!
Long weekends are always a good time to travel,you have the freedom to choose short itineraries or even go for a slightly longer trip.