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Public Holiday dates for Xmas and 2020

Published 15 Nov 2019

New Zealand Public Holidays

Actual Date

Observed Date (2019)

Christmas Day

25 December

Wednesday 25 December

Boxing Day

26 December

Thursday 26 December 


New Year's Day

1 January

Wednesday 1 January

Day After New Year's Day

2 January

Thursday 2 January 

Waitangi Day

6 February

Thursday 6 February

Good Friday


Friday 10 April

Easter Monday


Monday 13 April


25 April

Saturday 25 April or Monday 27 April

Queen's Birthday

1st Monday in June

Monday 1 June

Labour Day

4th Monday in October

Monday 26 October

Christmas Day

25 December

Friday 25 December

Boxing Day

26 December

 Saturday 26 December or Monday 28 December

New Zealand Provincial Holidays

Actual Date


Auckland and Northland

29 January

Monday 27 January


31 March

Monday 9 March

Hawke's Bay

1 November

Friday 23 October


22 January

Monday 20 January


1 November

Monday 2 November


1 February

Monday 3 February


16 December

Friday 13 November

South Canterbury

16 December

Monday 28 September


1 December

Monday 30 November


23 March

Monday 23 March


17 January

Tuesday 14 April

Chatham Islands

30 November

Monday 30 November


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. If 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.


Easter dates confirmed by Catholic Church.

While these lists have been compiled from the information provided, in good faith, we don't give guarantees of absolute 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 online. It is free for Employer Support Package subscribers who can download it from the Dashboard Library section of the Employers Toolbox(