Public holidays in New Zealand

Plan your travel around public holidays to quickly turn a three-day weekend into a longer adventure.

New Zealand observes public 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. 

On this page: 

2021 Public holiday dates 

2022 Public holiday dates 

2021 Regional anniversary dates 

2022 Regional anniversary dates 

National public holidays

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 

Matariki Day

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. The Matariki Festival is unique to New Zealand and will be observed as a public holiday for the first time on the 24th of June 2022. 

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 holidays are 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 to make 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 1days of annual leave. 

Public holidays often fall in school holiday periods, which may mean busier activities, flights and accommodation. Consider planning your itinerarylooking at deals and booking in advance when you get your dates sorted, so you and your family can enjoy a tress-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.

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