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Public Holidays

Each province has a day holiday for their anniversary day. All areas anniversary days vary.


The most popular New Zealand destinations during the school holiday period (early December to late January) tend to be lakes and beaches. In New Zealands South Island the Marlborough Sounds, Nelson, central South Island lakes, Akaroa and Hanmer Springs swell with visitors. In New Zealand's North Island, vacationers head for the beachside locations of Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, Coromandel and the Bay of Islands.
Around this time be prepared for heavy traffic particularly on the main State Highways and take care whilst driving.
In New Zealand it is advisable to book accommodation well in advance  especially backpacker hostels, motor inns, campgrounds and tent sites.
Holiday-goers with children may find the NZ Christmas period an ideal time to travel. Those who are looking for peace and tranquillity, on the other hand, may wish to visit these regions during February with most New Zealanders back at school and work things generally get a lot quieter and February is usaully the warmest month.


New Zealand autumns are mild, with daytime temperatures ranging between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius. During this season most tourist destinations are relatively un-crowded  but care should be taken around the Easter break when roads become busy with New Zealanders heading for their favourite holiday spots.
In New Zealand during April, primary and secondary school holidays occur. During this month shopping malls, family attractions and movie complexes are often busy  so be prepared for crowds at these locations.


Winter in New Zealand means an influx of visitors to alpine resort towns such as Queenstown, Wanaka, Hanmer Springs and Whakapapa for their New Zealand skiing adventure. If you are planning on staying at one of these destinations it is advisable to book accommodation well in advance  particularly during Queenstown's Winter Festival' (late June or early July).


in New Zealand is generally warm, and a great time to enjoy the outdoors with some great weather with cheaper pricing just before the high season starts. School holidays occur in late September, so be prepared for crowds if visiting family attractions at this time.

Public Holidays


Holiday: Date:
New Year 1 - 2 January
Waitangi Day 6 Feb
Easter Easter varies from mid march to mid April and usually has two holiday days, Good Friday and Easter Monday. Schools and universities are usually closed on Tuesday after Easter
ANZAC Day 25 April (to remember people who died in Wars)
Queen's Birthday The first Monday in June
Labour Day The last Monday in October
Christmas Day and Boxing Day 25 - 26 December

General times for School Holidays (please check for exact yearly dates)

December 4  January 30
April 16  May 1
July 9 July 24
September 24  October 9

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