New Zealand Public Holidays
New Zealand has ten national public holiday days a year plus one regional anniversary day which varies from province to province. The holidays are:
New Years Day: 1 January
Day after New Years Day: 2 January
Waitangi Day: 6 February
Good Friday: Varies
Easter Monday: Varies
ANZAC Day: 25 April
Queen’s Birthday: 1st Monday in June
Labour Day: 4th Monday in October
Christmas Day: 25 December
Boxing Day: 26 December
You can find dates for New Zealand public holidays right up until 2016, as well as details of all the provincial holidays, here.
New Zealanders traditionally take their summer holidays during the Christmas-NewYear period. Many businesses, and all schools, close down for at least the two week period from 25 December until around 10 January. If you can, it’s best to avoid travelling to New Zealand during that time (see When to visit New Zealand). The Easter period and the Waitangi, Queens Birthday and Labour weekends (as well as anniversary holiday weekends) can also be very busy on the roads, so do check out the dates you plan to travel and avoid driving at the start of end of these holiday periods if you can.
Waitangi Day is New Zealand’s national day, a commemoration of the day the Waitangi Treaty between the Maori and European people was signed. If you’re travelling to the Bay of Islands at the beginning of February, be aware that the Waitangi area will be very crowded over this period.