Annual Leave / Public Holidays in New Zealand


The legal minimum annual-leave in New Zealand is currently four weeks, plus eleven days of public-holidays. Many companies offer longer holidays – five weeks is possible – linked to the number of years you have worked for the company, or possibly negotiated from the time you begin a new job.

In addition to these ten days, each region / city has one public holiday on its anniversary day. For example, the 2017 local public holidays are; Auckland – 30 January, Christchurch – 17 November and Wellington – 23 January.

The ten Public holidays for 2017 are:

Holiday 2017 Dates
New Year’s DaySunday 1 January
Post New Year’s DayMonday 2 January
Waitangi DayMonday 6 February
Good FridayFriday 14 April
Easter MondayMonday 17 April
ANZAC DayTuesday 25 April
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 5 June
Labour DayMonday 23 October
Christmas DayMonday 25 December
Boxing DayTuesday 26 December

The ten Public holidays for 2018 are:

Holiday 2018 Dates
New Year’s DayMonday 1 January
Post New Year’s DayTuesday 2 January
Waitangi DayTuesday 6 February
Good FridayFriday 30 March
Easter MondayMonday 2 April
ANZAC DayWednesday 25 April
Queen’s BirthdayMonday 4 June
Labour DayMonday 22 October
Christmas DayTuesday 25 December
Boxing DayWednesday 26 December

The Anniversary Day of the Province in which an employee works are observed as follows in 2017:

Holiday 2017 Date
AucklandMonday 30 January
TaranakiMonday 13 March
Hawkes’ BayFriday 20 October
WellingtonMonday 23 January
MarlboroughMonday 30 October
NelsonMonday 30 January
CanterburyFriday 17 November
Canterbury (South)Monday 25 September
WestlandMonday 4 December
OtagoMonday 20 March
SouthlandTuesday 18 April
Chatham IslandsMonday 27 November

The Anniversary Day of the Province in which an employee works are observed as follows in 2018:

Holiday 2018 Date
AucklandMonday 29 January
TaranakiMonday 12 March
Hawkes’ BayFriday 19 October
WellingtonMonday 22 January
MarlboroughMonday 29 October
NelsonMonday 29 January
CanterburyFriday 16 November
Canterbury (South)Monday 24 September
WestlandMonday 3 December
OtagoMonday 26 March
SouthlandTuesday 3 April
Chatham IslandsMonday 3 December