Public Holidays Guide
There are 11 public holidays every year in New Zealand. In addition, most employees get four weeks of paid vacation, usually taken in January, when many businesses in Auckland essentially shut down. These are New Zealand’s official bank holidays. Also note, that the annual sickness leave allowance in New Zealand is only officially 5 days. Whilst some companies offer more, a large number still only offer the minimum.
|New Years Day||1 Jan||1 Jan||1 Jan||1 Jan|
|Day after New Years Day||2 Jan||2 Jan||2 Jan||2 Jan|
|Auckland Anniversary Day||29 Jan||28 Jan||27 Jan||26 Jan|
|Waitangi Day||6 Feb||6 Feb||6 Feb||6 Feb|
|Good Friday||Varies||29 Mar||18 Apr||3 Apr|
|Easter Monday||Varies||1 Apr||21 Apr||6 Apr|
|ANZAC Day||25 Apr||25 Apr||25 Apr||25 Apr|
|Queen’s Birthday||1st Mon in Jun||3 Jun||2 June||1 June|
|Labour Day||4th Mon in Oct||28 Oct||27 Oct||26 Oct|
|Christmas Day||25 Dec||25 Dec||25 Dec||25 Dec|
|Boxing Day||26 Dec||26 Dec||26 Dec||26 Dec|
Auckland Anniversary Day
Commemorates Auckland – New Zealand’s first capital city — founding by Lieutenant Governor William Hobson on January 29, 1840.
Commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, an agreement for land sharing between the Maori people and the New Zealand government, on April 6, 1840.
Commemorates the day Kiwi and Australian forces landed at Gallipoli, in the Ottoman Empire, on April 25, 1915. A day of remembrance and honoring the military.
The day Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is commemorated – observed the first Monday in June.
Day to honor New Zealand’s workers, observed the fourth Monday in October.