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Public Holidays 2017

This page contains a national calendar of all 2017 public holidays for New Zealand. Please scroll down to view the national list.

What are public holidays?

Public holidays are special opportunities to relax. They’re gifts New Zealanders get every couple of months – a day or two off work without having to burn any annual leave.

What makes these public holidays even better is how they can be mixed with a weekend – and even a day or two of precious annual leave – to create a heavenly long weekend! These long weekends are really where the magic happens.

A three-day or four-day weekend is all the time you need for a memorable adventure. It’s enough time to grab a hire car and road-trip it, or fly anywhere in New Zealand or island destinations nearby. It’s all the time you need to book a campsite or cabin by the beach and 100% chill with friends.

That’s why we exist: to help you start planning to make the most of your public holidays this year and next year. We’re your trusted resource for holiday dates, and inspiration for just some of the local places you can make your destination.

The meaning behind public holidays

Public holidays serve another purpose, too. They remind us of our shared and evolving identity. Christmas, Waitangi Day, Queen’s Birthday and Labour Day may not mean that much to you, but they are milestones that – every 365 days – recalls the people who came before us and built the nation we call home. For better and for worse.

The meaning of public holidays is not set in stone. Each of us gives our official public holidays meaning as we invest time in thinking about them and debating them, celebrating, commemorating or ignoring them.

Here’s the cool thing: Some of the most valuable days for our society to remember are not even official public holidays. World Refugee Day, International Women’s Day and World Teachers’ Day are not days-off, but they are days we should each make the most of to help tell others about important issues at home and abroad.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to make the most of your public holidays!

Note: information about laws and regulations related to public holidays is viewable below the 2017 national list.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
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

Laws and regulations

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.