NZ Public Holidays 2024

New Zealand / NZ Public Holidays 2024

New Year’s DayMonday 1 January
Day after New Year’s DayTuesday 2 January
Waitangi DayTuesday 6 February
Good FridayFriday 29 March
Easter MondayMonday 1 April
ANZAC DayThursday 25 April
King’s BirthdayMonday 3 June
MatarikiFriday 28 June
Labour DayMonday 28 October
Christmas DayWednesday 25 December
Boxing DayThursday 26 December
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NZ Regional Anniversary Days 2024

AucklandMonday 29 January
Canterbury SouthMonday 23 September
CanterburyFriday 15 November
Chatham IslandsMonday 2 December
Hawke’s BayFriday 25 October
MarlboroughMonday 4 November
NelsonMonday 29 January
OtagoMonday 25 March
SouthlandTuesday 2 April
TaranakiMonday 11 March
WellingtonMonday 22 January
WestlandMonday 2 December

New Zealand Government website

NZ public holidays are listed by the Holidays Act 2003. However, the actual dates are set in other pieces of legislation such as the Waitangi Day Act 1976, ANZAC Day Act 1966, and Sovereigns Birthday Observance Act 1952.

Other holidays such as Easter and Christmas are religious and treated slightly differently.

Regional or city councils set the Provincial Anniversary Days based on custom and practice.

NZ public holidays are administered by Employment NZ.

What to know about NZ public holidays

There are ten NZ public holidays observed each year and a regional anniversary. New Zealand is not like Australia with a State/Territory model and so the holiday system is much more consistent across the country.

Public holidays that are unique to NZ

Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day marks the initial signing of the treaty of Waitangi in the Bay of Island on 6th February 1840. It is regarded as the founding document of New Zealand and is as close to a Constitution as NZ gets.

However, it was not until 1934 that Waitangi Day was celebrated and it wasn’t until 1974 that the day became a public holiday. Now, 6th February is a national holiday and if it falls on a weekend, the following Monday becomes a holiday.

On the day, NZ citizenship ceremonies are held, public gatherings occur, parties, social events, Maori hui on maraes occur and at Waitangi itself in recent years, protests.

New Zealand regional anniversary days

Regional Anniversary Days in NZ are heavily geared towards making the most of the spring and summer months, allowing residents additional long weekends when the weather lends itself to outdoor activities.

The timing of NZ public holidays

Most public holidays are from December through to April (also when the weather is best). NZ faces a long winter with few holidays, so this is a duration when leave is best used to break up the winter with spells off for skiing or travelling to the northern hemisphere for some relief.

Visiting NZ during a public holiday

The best time to visit NZ is between February and March. It is worth noting that between Christmas and New Year, shops may have limited hours and businesses tend to shut down.

Why are Mother’s Day and Father’s Day not listed as NZ public holidays?

Both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are Observances rather than public holidays for Kiwis. Unfortunately, NZ does not receive a legislated holiday or day off in lieu.

NZ school term and holiday dates

If you’re looking for school holidays and school term dates for NZ, you can view them here.

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