2016 Important Dates for New Zealand



Important Dates for New Zealand by Happy Mum Happy Child

As a parent it’s hard remembering everything.  Heck, most days I don’t even know why I walked into the kitchen.  So I’ve put together this list of important dates for New Zealand, that we need to know: School Term Days, Public Holiday’s, Daylight Savings, International Wine Days … you know, the important ones 😂



School Terms / Holidays for New Zealand

Term Starts Ends
Holidays Monday 21st December (2015) Friday 5th February 2016
School Term 1 Monday 2nd February 2016** Friday 15th April
Holidays Monday 18th April Friday 29th April
School Term 2 Monday 2nd May Friday 8th July
Holidays Monday 11th July Friday 22nd July
School Term 3 Monday 25th July Friday 23rd September
Holidays Monday 26th September Friday 7th October
School Term 4 Monday 10th October Tuesday 20th December**
Holidays Monday 19th December 2016 Friday 3rd February (2017)

** School 1st Term start days and 4th Term end days vary depending on the age of the child, and the school.  So please check with your local school for the exact date.

Daylight Savings for New Zealand

2016 Sunday, April 3, 3:00 AM (clocks back 1hr) Sunday, September 25, 2:00 AM (clocks forward 1hr)


Public Holidays for New Zealand

Holiday Date
New Year’s Day January, Friday 1st
Day after New Year’s Day January, Saturday 2nd (observed Monday 4th)
Wellington Anniversary January, Monday 25th
Auckland Anniversary February, Monday 1st
Nelson Anniversary February, Monday 1st
Waitangi Day February, Saturday 6th (observed Monday 8th)
Taranaki Anniversary March, Monday 14th
Otago Anniversary March, Monday 21st
Good Friday March, Friday 25th
Easter Monday March, Monday 28th
Easter Tuesday ? March, Tuesday 29th
Southland Anniversary March, Tuesday 29th
Daylight Saving ends April, Sunday 3rd
ANZAC Day April, Monday 25th
Queen’s Birthday June, Monday 6th
Daylight Saving starts September, Sunday 25th
South Canterbury Anniversary September, Monday 26th
Hawke’s Bay Anniversary October, Friday 21st
Labour Day October, Monday 24th
Marlborough Anniversary October, Monday 31st
Canterbury Anniversary November, Friday 11th
Westland Anniversary November, Monday 28th
Chatham Islands Anniversary November, Monday 28th
Christmas Day December, Sunday 25th (observed Tuesday 27th)
Boxing Day December, Monday 26th


Other Important Dates to Remember

Holiday Date
International Drink Wine Day 18th February
Mother’s Day 8th May (Sunday)
Father’s Day 4th September (Sunday)
International Coffee Day 1st October


If there are any date’s I’ve missed, feel free to let me know!  Otherwise here is your one-stop-shop for New Zealand Important Dates.


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