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2018 Public Holiday dates

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The following public holidays are observed throughout New Zealand for 2018. Be aware that many businesses and attractions are closed on public holidays, and those that are open may charge a surcharge. Accommodations tend to be booked out long in advance of public holidays, so early planning is advised. If a public holiday falls on a weekend (ie Saturday or Sunday), the holiday is observed the next working day (ie Monday).

Public holidays are observed throughout New Zealand and many businesses, along with schools and tertiary educations, will be closed on these days.

Holiday Date
New Year's Day Monday 1 January
Day after New Year's Day Tuesday 2 January
Waitangi Day Tuesday 6 February
Good Friday Friday 30 March
Easter Monday Monday 2 April
ANZAC Day Wednesday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 4 June
Labour Day Monday 22 October
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December

Province Holidays

Provincial Anniversary Days are treated as public holidays, but only observed and recognised by the individual region. Many businesses will close on their provincial holiday.

Province Date
Auckland Monday 29 January
Taranaki Monday 12 March
Hawke's Bay Friday 19 October
Wellington Monday 22 January
Marlborough Monday 29 October
Nelson Monday 29 January
Canterbury Friday 16 November
Canterbury (South) Monday 24 September
Westland Monday 3 December
Otago Monday 26 March
Southland Tuesday 3 April
Chatham Islands Monday 3 December

School Holidays

School holiday dates in New Zealand are not public holidays, but dates that schools close. Different holiday and term dates may be observed by varying schools, so it pays to check with your school on its exact dates.

School Holiday Dates

Starts Ends
Monday 18 December 2017 Friday 2 February 2018
Monday 16 April Friday 27 April
Monday 9 July Friday 20 July
Monday 1 October Friday 12 October
Tuesday 18 December 2018 Monday 4 February 2019

School Term Dates

Term Starts Ends
Term 1 Between Monday 29 January and Wednesday 7 February Friday 13 April
Term 2 Monday 30 April Friday 6 July
Term 3 Monday 23 July Friday 28 September
Term 4 Monday 15 October By Tuesday 18 December for secondary and composite schools
By Thursday 20 December for primary and intermediate schools