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New Zealand

Public Holidays

Public Holidays 2016 and 2017

We currently have public holidays for 2016 and 2017 listed. Scroll down to view.

New Zealand celebrates 11 national holidays. Of these 11 holidays, 10 are celebrated in each providence and then one date is a national holiday that is celebrated only in each providence. Provincial holidays occur throughout the year.

National holidays are regulated under the Holiday Act 2003. This Act sets forth the 11 national holidays that are celebrated and provides the government with the authority to declare one-time national holidays or present ideas for new reoccurring holidays to Parliament.

Subsection 50 of the Holiday Act requires employers to provide employees with a paid day off for all national holidays if these holidays occur on a regular working day. Holidays which occur on a day of rest (Sunday) are not considered a paid holiday if that employee would normally not work that day. If the employee would normally work on any day considered a national holiday, employers must pay that employee no less than one and a half times their hourly rate for every hour worked on those days.

With the exception of New Year’s Day, Christmas and the Provincial holidays, all holidays must remain on the date they occur. Provincial holidays are generally moved to the closest Monday (either prior or future) to their celebration date. When the Christmas and New Year holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday they are officially recognised on the following Monday.

Indigenous, Cultural, and Religious Holidays

New Zealand has a large indigenous population that has other celebrations that are enjoyed throughout the year. These celebrations, however, are not considered national holidays and are not recognised by the government of New Zealand. Businesses are not required to provide paid days off for these events.

The diverse population of New Zealand also leads to many specific cultural and religious celebrations. These celebrations are not considered national holidays by the government of New Zealand.

Public holidays in New Zealand are special days off provided to employees by law, in addition to annual leave. There are 10 national public holidays celebrated each year, plus one anniversary day celebrated by each province.

Some public holidays always fall on a weekday. However for Christmas Day and New Years Day, these public holidays are transferable to the following Monday if the actual date falls on a weekend.

Public Holidays 2016

1 JanFriNew Year's Day
2 JanSatDay after New Year's Day
4 JanMonNew Year's Day Holiday *
25 JanMonWellington Anniversary Day
1 FebMonAuckland Anniversary Day
1 FebMonNelson Anniversary Day
6 FebSatWaitangi Day
8 FebMonWaitangi Day
14 MarMonTaranaki Anniversary Day
21 MarMonOtago Anniversary Day
25 MarFriGood Friday
28 MarMonEaster Monday
29 MarMonSouthland Anniversary Day
25 AprMonANZAC Day
6 JunMonQueen's Birthday
26 SepMonCanterbury (South) Anniversary Day
21 OctFriHawkes' Bay Anniversary Day
24 OctMonLabour Day
31 OctMonMarlborough Anniversary Day
11 NovFriCanterbury Anniversary Day
28 NovMonWestland Anniversary Day
28 NovMonChatham Islands Anniversary Day
25 DecSunChristmas Day
26 DecMonBoxing Day
27 DecTueChristmas Day

Note: * These public holidays are observed on the actual day when they fall on a weekday. When they fall on a Saturday/Sunday:

  • If the employee would normally have worked on the Saturday/Sunday, the public holiday is observed on the Saturday/Sunday
  • If the employee would not normally have worked on the Saturday/Sunday, the public holiday is observed on the following Monday/Tuesday

Public Holidays 2017

1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonDay after New Year's Day
23 JanMonWellington Anniversary Day
30 JanMonAuckland Anniversary Day
30 JanMonNelson Anniversary Day
6 FebMonWaitangi Day
13 MarMonTaranaki Anniversary Day
20 MarMonOtago Anniversary Day
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
18 AprTueSouthland Anniversary Day
25 AprTueANZAC Day
5 JunMonQueen's Birthday
25 SepMonCanterbury (South) Anniversary Day
20 OctFriHawkes' Bay Anniversary Day
23 OctMonLabour Day
30 OctMonMarlborough Anniversary Day
17 NovFriCanterbury Anniversary Day
27 NovMonChatham Islands Anniversary Day
4 DecMonWestland Anniversary Day
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day