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Public Holidays 2018

Published 10 Nov 2017

New Zealand Public Holidays

Actual Date

Observed Date (2017)

Christmas Day

25 December

Monday 25 December

Boxing Day

26 December

Tuesday 26 December 


New Year's Day

1 January

Monday 1 January

Day After New Year's Day

2 January

Tuesday 2 January 

Waitangi Day

6 February

Tuesday 6 February

Good Friday


Friday 30 March

Easter Monday


Monday 2 April


25 April

Wednesday 25 April

Queen's Birthday

1st Monday in June

Monday 4 June

Labour Day

4th Monday in October

Monday 22 October

Christmas Day

25 December

Tuesday 25 December

Boxing Day

26 December

 Wednesday 26 December

New Zealand Provincial Holidays

Actual Date


Auckland and Northland

29 January

Monday 29 January


31 March

Monday 12 March

Hawke's Bay

1 November

Friday 19 October


22 January

Monday 22 January


1 November

Monday 29 October


1 February

Monday 29 January


16 December

Friday 16 November

South Canterbury

16 December

Monday 24 September


1 December

Monday 3 December


23 March

Monday 26 March


17 January

Tuesday 3 April

Chatham Islands

30 November

Monday 3 December

* Source DOL


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 or 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

The public holidays for ANZAC Day and Waitangi Day are "Mondayised" if they fall on a Saturday or Sunday.

Provincial Anniversary Days

These are generally observed on the Monday nearest to the actual day.


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

Taranaki Anniversary Day

Moves to 2nd Monday in March to avoid Easter.

Hawkes Bay Anniversary Day

Moved to Friday before Labour Day.

Marlborough Anniversary Day

Observed on the first 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.


Varies throughout Westland, but Greymouth observes the official day.

Otago Anniversary

As there is no easily determined single day of local observance for Otago or Southland 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 the 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 Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment mediation service.

Southland Anniversary

Southland Anniversary Day is celebrated on Easter Tuesday. 

While these lists have been compiled from the information provided, in good faith, we don't give guarantees of accuracy.

For more information on this and Holidays in general see the "Annual Holidays and Leave" ebook. This provides in depth information on Annual Holidays (leave and holiday pay), Public Holidays, Sick and Bereavement Leave, explanations of Relevant Daily Pay, Average Daily Pay, Gross Earnings, Ordinary Weekly Pay etc.

It is available for purchasing and downloading from annual-holidays-and-leave-product.aspx. It is free for Employer Support Package subscribers who can download it from the Dashboard Library section of the Employers Toolbox(