NZ Public Holiday Dates 2014 - 18

New Zealand public holiday dates 2014-18

2013 dates are now listed under the current year

Actual Date
Observed Date notes
New Year's Day

1 January

Wednesday 1 January

Thursday 1 January

Friday 1 January

Sunday 1 January or Tuesday 3 January

Monday 1 January

Day after New Year's Day

2 January

Thursday 2 January

Friday 2 January

Monday 4 January

Monday 2 January

Tuesday 2 January

Waitangi Day

6 February

Thursday 6 February

Friday 6 February

Monday 8 February

Monday 6 February

Tuesday 6 February

Good Friday


Friday 18 April

Friday 3 April

Friday 25 March

Friday 14 April

Friday 30 March

Easter Monday


Monday 21 April

Monday 6 April

Monday 28 March

Monday 17 April

Monday 2 April


25 April

Friday 25 April

Monday 27 April

Monday 25 April

Tuesday 25 April

Wednesday 25 April

Queen's Birthday

1st Monday
in June

Monday 2 June

Monday 1 June

Monday 6 June

Monday 5 June

Monday 4 June

Labour Day

4th Monday
in October

Monday 27 October

Monday 26 October

Monday 24 October

Monday 23 October

Monday 22 October

Christmas Day

25 December

Thursday 25 December

Friday 25 December

Sunday 25 December or Tuesday 27 December

Monday 25 December

Tuesday 25 December

Boxing Day

26 December

Friday 26 December

Monday 28 December

Monday 26 December

Tuesday 26 December

Wednesday 26 December

The Anniversary Day of the Province in which an employee works are observed as follows:

Actual Date
Observed Date notes

29 January

Monday 27 January

Monday 26 January

Monday 1 February

Monday 30 January

Monday 29 January


31 March

Monday 10 March

Monday 9 March

Monday 14 March

Monday 13 March

Monday 12 March

Hawkes' Bay

1 November

Friday 24 October

Friday 23 October

Friday 21 October

Friday 20 October

Friday 19 October


22 January

Monday 20 January

Monday 19 January

Monday 25 January

Monday 23 January

Monday 22 January


1 November

Monday 3 November

Monday 2 November

Monday 31 October

Monday 30 October

Monday 29 October


1 February

Monday 3 February

Monday 2 February

Monday 1 February

Monday 30 January

Monday 29 January


16 December

Friday 14 November

Friday 13 November

Friday 11 November

Friday 17 November

Friday 16 November

Canterbury (South)

16 December

Monday 22 September

Monday 28 September

Monday 26 September

Monday 25 September

Monday 24 September


1 December

Monday 1 December

Monday 30 November

Monday 28 November

Monday 4 December

Monday 3 December


23 March

Monday 24 March

Monday 23 March

Monday 21 March

Monday 20 March

Monday 26 March


17 January

Tuesday 22 April

Tuesday 7 April

Tuesday 29 March

Tuesday 18 April

Tuesday 3 April

Chatham Islands

30 November

Monday 1 December

Monday 30 November

Monday 28 November

Monday 27 November

Monday 3 December


Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day & 2 January Holiday

These public holidays are observed on the actual day when they fall on a weekday. When they fall on a Saturday/Sunday:

  • If the employee would normally have worked on the Saturday/Sunday, the public holiday is observed on the Saturday/Sunday

  • If the employee would not normally have worked on the Saturday/Sunday, the public holiday is observed on the following Monday/Tuesday

Waitangi and Anzac Days

From 1 January 2014, Anzac Day and Waitangi Day will be Mondayised if they fall on a Saturday or Sunday.


Easter dates confirmed by Catholic Church.


These relate to the former Provinces of 19th Century New Zealand and are not related to or determined by present-day Districts or Regions.

Provincial Anniversary Days

These are generally observed on the Monday nearest to the actual day with exceptions listed below.

Taranaki Anniversary

Moves to 2nd Monday in March to avoid Easter.

Hawkes Bay Anniversary

Moves to Friday before Labour Day.

Marlborough Anniversary

Observed 1st Monday after Labour Day.

Canterbury Anniversary

Northern & Central Canterbury areas observe Christchurch Show Day. The definition for the Canterbury Anniversary Day celebration as decided by Christchurch City is the second Friday after the first Tuesday in November each year. South Canterbury observes Dominion Day, the 4th Monday in September.

Westland Anniversary

Varies throughout Westland, but Greymouth observes the official day.

Otago Anniversary

As there is no easily determined single day of local observance for Otago then the parties should rely on either their employment agreement or their own custom and practice. Where there is no clear custom and practice then the parties should seek to find an agreement on how they will observe Anniversary Day.

If parties are unhappy with how this matter has been handled in their workplace they can seek assistance from a Labour Inspector, or if they require help to settle agreement in their workplace they can seek assistance from the Department's mediation service.

Southland Anniversary

In December 2011 the three southern Mayors decided Southland Anniversary Day will be celebrated on Easter Tuesday

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