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New Zealand School Holidays 2018

This page contains a calendar of all 2018 school holidays and term dates for New Zealand. These dates are unlikely to be modified by the Ministry of Education. However, please check back regularly for any updates that may occur.

Most schools across New Zealand follow very similar school term calendars to each other. However, exact school term dates and holidays are determined by each individual school within guidelines set by the Ministry of Education (in line with the Education Act 1989).

In 2018, Term 1 starts between 29 January 2018 (Monday) and 7 February 2018 (Wednesday).

School HolidaysStartsFinishes
Term 1 Holidays14 Apr 2018
29 Apr 2018
Term 2 Holidays7 Jul 2018
22 Jul 2018
Term 3 Holidays29 Sep 2018
14 Oct 2018
Term 4 Holidays (Secondary)19 Dec 2018
Term 4 Holidays (Primary)21 Dec 2018

Visit for the original release for school year 2018.

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.