2017 Important Dates for New Zealand


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
School Term 1 Between Monday 30 January (at the earliest);
and Tuesday 7 February (at the latest)
Thursday 13th April
Holidays Friday 14th April Friday 28th April
School Term 2 Monday 1st May Friday 7th July
Holidays Monday 10th July Friday 21st July
School Term 3 Monday 24th July Friday 29th September
Holidays Monday 2nd October Friday 13th October
School Term 4 Monday 16th October Primary, intermediate and special schools:
No later than Wednesday 20 December

Secondary and composite:
No later than Thursday 14 December


Daylight Savings for New Zealand

2017 Sunday, April 2, 3:00 AM (clocks back 1hr) Sunday, September 24, 2:00 AM (clocks forward 1hr)


Public Holidays for New Zealand

Holiday Date
New Year’s Day January, Sunday 1st (observed Tuesday 3rd)
Day after New Year’s Day January, Monday 2nd
Wellington Anniversary January, Monday 23rd
Auckland Anniversary January, Monday 30th
Nelson Anniversary January, Monday 30th
Northland Anniversary January, Monday 30th
Waitangi Day February, Monday 6th
Taranaki Anniversary March, Monday 13th
Otago Anniversary March, Monday 20th
Daylight Saving ends April, Sunday 2nd
Good Friday April, Friday 14th
Easter Sunday April, Sunday 16th
Easter Monday April, Monday 17th
Southland Anniversary April, Tuesday 18th
ANZAC Day April, Tuesday 25th
Queen’s Birthday June, Monday 5th
Daylight Saving starts September, Sunday 24th
South Canterbury Anniversary September, Monday 25th
Hawke’s Bay Anniversary October, Friday 20th
Labour Day October, Monday 23rd
Marlborough Anniversary October, Monday 30th
Canterbury Anniversary November, Friday 17th
Westland Anniversary December, Monday 4th
Chatham Islands Anniversary November, Monday 27th
Christmas Day December, Monday 25th
Boxing Day December, Tuesday 26th


Other Important Dates to Remember

Holiday Date
International Drink Wine Day 18th February
Mother’s Day 14th May (Sunday)
Father’s Day 3rd 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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