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School Holidays

New Zealand School Holidays

Discover upcoming school holiday dates for New Zealand and start planning to make the most of your term break.

It is possible that the start-date and end-date of the school year can vary from school to school. However, school holidays at the end of Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 definitely start on the same day for all schools across the country.

The tables below for school holidays include the possible variations in start and finish dates for the school year. Please note the minor differences between primary and secondary schools.

School holidays in New Zealand are a prime time for families to travel. So, make sure to book your holiday plans including campsites, flights or hotels in advance, so that you don’t miss out or pay a premium. A very popular school holiday period of the year for travel is the Term 1 break, which often coincides with Easter. Equally popular for travel is the Christmas school holiday break that generally runs for 5-6 weeks – the longest break in the school calendar.