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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2025 and 2026

Mother’s Day in New Zealand is celebrated every second Sunday in May. Though not an official public holiday, this special day is widely observed by much of the country’s population.

202511 MaySunMother's Day
202610 MaySunMother's Day
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

New Zealand borrowed Mother’s Day, as well as the date of second Sunday in May, from the United States where Mother’s Day first became popular a century ago. Most traditions are still pretty similar in New Zealand to those of the holiday’s birthplace.

It’s common to buy your mother a gift, give her a greeting card, whether store bought or handmade, give her flowers, and take her out for dinner or make a nice meal at home.

More recent traditions and trends include doing all the house chores for Mum so she can just relax and put her feet up and treating her to a luxury spa or salon pampering session. While the particular gifts and expressions of love change, Mother’s Day remains basically the same: a day to thank your Mum for all she is to you.

Previous Years

202412 MaySunMother's Day
202314 MaySunMother's Day