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Public Holidays in New Zealand

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When doing a working holiday in New Zealand, it’s always handy to know when the public holidays are.

You will need to know when to be prepared for the closure of certain shops and services, but, more importantly, when you can have a day off work. Yay!

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National public holidays

New Year’s Day

January 1

Day After New Year’s Day

January 2

Waitangi Day

February 6 – Unless it falls on a weekend. In that case, weekday workers would get the following Monday off work. For weekend workers, they would get February 6 off work.
This holiday is to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 making New Zealand part of the British Empire , whilst giving Maori the rights to their land and same human rights as British subjects.

Good Friday

Varies between late March and early April.

Easter Monday

Varies between late March and early April.

ANZAC Day

June 6 – Same weekend rules apply as Waitangi Day.
ANZAC day is a remembrance day in both New Zealand and Australia for those who lost their lives in all “wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations”.

Queen’s Birthday

First Monday in June

Labour Day

The 4th Monday in October

Christmas Day

December 25

Boxing Day

December 26

Province Anniversary Public Holiday

To commemorate the founding day of a New Zealand province, that date is a public holiday within that region. The dates tend to change to not coincide with other public holidays or move to the nearest Monday. The following are the actual dates of the holiday but varies each year.

Wellington – January 22

Auckland – January 29

Northland – January 29

Nelson – February 1

Otago – March 23

Southland – March 25

Taranaki – March 31

South Canterbury – September 25

Hawke’s Bay – November 1

Marlborough – November 1

Chatham Islands – November 30

Westland – December 1

Canterbury – December 16

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