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When are the School Holidays in NZ? Plan Your Travels in Aotearoa

January 5, 2022

We suggest you use this information to help you plan your travels around New Zealand based on the upcoming school holidays.

As a world-renowned tourist destination and local favourite, people are always on the road in New Zealand.

School holidays, however, can have a significant impact on the availability of accommodation and activities around the country and can make travel more expensive.

They can also create a real buzz and excitement on a town centre and provide a great opportunity for local families to see Aotearoa – creating memories to last a lifetime in the process.

When though is the best time to travel in New Zealand?

Whether you’re looking to specifically travel within the NZ school holidays, or you’re keen to avoid them, this information will help you to lock your dates in.

To make your planning easy, we’ve provided information regarding both term dates and school holidays (so you can focus on the timeframe you really want), along with public holidays.

Happy travels!

School Holidays NZ – Plan Your Aotearoa Adventure

When are the School Holidays in NZ?

The vast majority of schools in New Zealand observe the same school holidays.

Though it’s worth noting that university students and private school students do have slightly different holidays, our public schools have the largest impact on the rest of the country.

The largest break for students (which coincides with our peak travel season), falls from mid-December until the beginning of February.  These holidays are approximately 6 weeks long, whilst other holidays span two weeks at a time and are spread three times across the year.

Schools are able to set their own start and end dates for the year (within a period of approximately a week) so there will be a staggered start and end each year. For the most part though, holidays are consistent across the country.

How Might School Holidays Impact My Travel Plans in New Zealand?

Without doubt, school holidays are a busier (and often, more expensive) time to travel, so if you’re able to avoid them, it will work in your favour.

In an ideal world, the school holidays are not the best time to visit New Zealand due to the cost and number of people circulating.

With that said though, many local families can only ever travel in the school holidays and don’t generally face any problems (aside from inflated airfares and busy campsites at the peak of summer).

Related: The best campsites and holiday parks in the South Island.

If you’re restricted to the school holidays (or long weekends, which are also busy travel times), don’t let it stop you from having an amazing New Zealand adventure!

Did you know? Though they have a similar impact, the Australian school holidays make travel in New Zealand busier too – in particular, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Hot Water Beach in the Coromandel. Photo credit: Graeme Murray

Download the NZ (and Australian) School Holidays to Your Calendar

To help make planning your holidays in New Zealand easy, we’ve added the following calendars for you.

To read the calendars in this post, read on.

Download the iCal option if you would like to add the current calendar to your own. If you are running Google Calendars it’s best to choose that option as you will then receive all future updates automatically.

New Zealand School Holidays

Key Australian School Holidays

New Zealand Public Holidays

Auckland – the City of Sails.

2022 School Holiday and Term Dates

New Zealand School Holidays 2022

The following information will allow you to make travel arrangements that fall within the 2022 school holidays in New Zealand.

Each of the following dates are inclusive.

If the school holidays for that term start on a Saturday, the last day of school will be the Friday prior.

If a holiday finishes on a Sunday, the following day (Monday) will be the first day back at school.

School Holidays NZ 2022StartFinish
2021/2021 Summer Holidays Between Sun 30 Jan & Mon 7 Feb 2022
Term 1 Holidays – AutumnFri 15 Apr 2022Sun 1 May 2022
Term 2 Holidays – WinterSat 9 Jul 2022Sun 24 Jul 2022
Term 3 Holidays – SpringSat 1 Oct 2022Sun 16 Oct 2022
Term 4 Holidays – SummerNo later than Wed 21 Dec 2022Between Sun 29 Jan & Mon 6 Feb 2023

Term Time for NZ Schools in 2022

The following information will allow you to make travel arrangements that fall within the 2022 term dates in New Zealand.

If you choose to travel between these dates you can generally expect accommodation and activities to be quieter than during school holidays.

Each of the following dates are inclusive.

If the term starts on a Monday, the last day of the holidays will be the Sunday before.

If a term finishes on a Friday, the following day (Saturday) will be the first day of holidays.

School Terms 2022StartFinish
Term 1Between Mon 31 Jan & Tues 8 Feb 2022Thurs 14 April 2022
Term 2Mon 2 May 2022Fri 8 July 2022
Term 3Mon 25 July 2022Fri 30 Sept 2022
Term 4Mon 17 Oct 2022No later than Tues 20 Dec 2022

Public Holidays finor 2022

The following public holidays are observed right across New Zealand.

In addition, each region also has its own anniversary day.

To help you plan your travels, we have displayed both school holidays and public holidays together – if you’re travelling with children, combining the two can be a great bonus (though this timeframe is likely to be busier than normal).

School Terms 2022Public HolidaysSchool Holidays
Term 1Waitangi Day (observed) – Mon 7 Feb
(sometimes in school holidays), 

During school holidays:
Good Friday – Fri 15 April,
Easter Monday – Mon 18 April,
Easter Tuesday – Tues 19 April
(a holiday for schools only),
ANZAC Day– Mon 25 April
Fri 15 April – Sun 1 May
Term 2Queen’s Birthday – Mon 6 June,
Matariki – Fri 24 June
Sat 9 Jul – Sun 24 July
Term 3NoneSat 1 Oct – Sun 16 Oct
Term 4Labour Day – Mon 24 Oct, 

During school holidays:
Christmas Day – Sun 25 Dec, 
Boxing Day – Mon 26 Dec,
New Year’s Day – Sun 1 Jan 2023
Start no later than Wed 21 Dec
A traditional Māori greeting (hongi) at Te Puia. Photo credit: Fraser Clements

2023 School Holiday and Term Dates

New Zealand School Holidays 2023

The following information will allow you to make travel arrangements that fall within the 2023 school holidays in New Zealand.

Each of the following dates are inclusive.

If the school holidays for that term start on a Saturday, the last day of school will be the Friday prior.

If a holiday finishes on a Sunday, the following day (Monday) will be the first day back at school.

School Holidays NZ 2023StartFinish
2022/2023 Summer Holidays Between Sun 29 Jan & Mon 6 Feb 2023
Term 1 Holidays – AutumnFri 6 Apr 2023Sun 23 April 2023
Term 2 Holidays – WinterSat 1 Jul 2023Sun 16 Jul 2023
Term 3 Holidays – SpringSat 23 Sept 2023Sun 8 Oct 2023
Term 4 Holidays – SummerNo later than Thurs 21 Dec 2023 

Term Time for NZ Schools in 2023

The following information will allow you to make travel arrangements that fall within the 2023 term dates in New Zealand.

If you choose to travel between these dates you can generally expect accommodation and activities to be quieter than during school holidays.

Each of the following dates are inclusive.

If the term starts on a Monday, the last day of the holidays will be the Sunday before.

If a term finishes on a Friday, the following day (Saturday) will be the first day of holidays.

School Terms 2023StartFinish
Term 1Between Mon 30 Jan & Tues 7 Feb 2023Thurs 6 April 2023
Term 2Mon 24 April 2023Fri 30 June 2023
Term 3Mon 17 July 2023Fri 22 Sept 2023
Term 4Mon 9 Oct 2023No later than Wed 20 Dec 2023

Public Holidays in 2023

The following public holidays are observed right across New Zealand.

In addition, each region also has its own anniversary day.

To help you plan your travels, we have displayed both school holidays and public holidays together – if you’re travelling with children, combining the two can be a great bonus (though this timeframe is likely to be busier than normal).

School Terms 2023Public HolidaysSchool Holidays
Term 1Waitangi Day– Mon 6 Feb
(sometimes in school holidays),

During school holidays:
Good Friday – Fri 7 April,
Easter Monday – Mon 10 April,
Easter Tuesday – Tues 11 April
(a holiday for schools only)
Fri 7 April – Sun 23 April
Term 2Anzac Day – Tues 25 April
Queen’s Birthday – Mon 5 June

During school holidays:
Matariki– Fri 14 July
Sat 1 Jul – Sun 16 July
Term 3NoneSat 23 Sept – Sun 8 Oct
Term 4Labour Day – Mon 23 Oct

During school holidays:
Christmas Day – Mon 25 Dec
Boxing Day – Tues 26 Dec
New Year’s Day – Mon 1 Jan 2024
Start no later than Thurs 21 Dec 2023
The Waikite Valley Hot Pools in Rotorua

2024 School Holiday and Term Dates

New Zealand School Holidays 2024

The following information will allow you to make travel arrangements that fall within the 2024 school holidays in New Zealand.

Each of the following dates are inclusive.

If the school holidays for that term start on a Saturday, the last day of school will be the Friday prior.

If a holiday finishes on a Sunday, the following day (Monday) will be the first day back at school.

School Holidays NZ 2024StartFinish
2023/2024 Summer Holidays Between Sun 28 Jan & Tues 6 Feb 2024
Term 1 Holidays – AutumnSat 13 Apr 2024Sun 28 April 2024
Term 2 Holidays – WinterSat 6 Jul 2024Sun 21 Jul 2024
Term 3 Holidays – SpringSat 28 Sept 2024Sun 13 Oct 2024
Term 4 Holidays – SummerNo later than Sat 21 Dec 2024 

Term Time for NZ Schools in 2024

The following information will allow you to make travel arrangements that fall within the 2024 term dates in New Zealand.

If you choose to travel between these dates you can generally expect accommodation and activities to be quieter than during school holidays.

Each of the following dates are inclusive.

If the term starts on a Monday, the last day of the holidays will be the Sunday before.

If a term finishes on a Friday, the following day (Saturday) will be the first day of holidays.

School Terms 2024StartFinish
Term 1Between Mon 29 Jan & Wed 7 Feb 2024Fri 12 April 2024
Term 2Mon 29 April 2024Fri 5 July 2024
Term 3Mon 22 July 2024Fri 27 Sept 2024
Term 4Mon 14 Oct 2024No later than Fri 20 Dec 2024

Public Holidays in 2023

The following public holidays are observed right across New Zealand.

In addition, each region also has its own anniversary day.

To help you plan your travels, we have displayed both school holidays and public holidays together – if you’re travelling with children, combining the two can be a great bonus (though this timeframe is likely to be busier than normal).

School Terms 2024Public HolidaysSchool Holidays
Term 1Waitangi Day – Tuesday 6 February
(sometimes in school holidays)

Good Friday – 29 March,
Easter Monday – 1 April,
Easter Tuesday – 2 April
(a holiday for schools only)

During school holidays:
ANZAC Day 25 April
Sat 13 April – Sun 28 April
Term 2Queen’s Birthday – Mon 3 June,
Matariki – Fri 28 June
Sat 6 Jul – Sun 21 July
Term 3NoneSat 28 Sept – Sun 13 Oct
Term 4Labour Day – Mon 28 Oct,

During school holidays:
Christmas Day – Wed 25 Dec,
Boxing Day – Thurs 26 Dec,
New Year’s Day – Wed 1 Jan 2025
Start nolater than Fri 20 Dec 2024

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