New Zealand Public Holidays Actual Date 2015
Christmas Day 25 December Friday 25 December
Boxing Day 26 December Saturday 26 December or Monday 28 December
New Year’s Day 1 January Friday 1 January
Day After New Year’s Day 2 January Saturday 2 January or Monday 4 January
Waitangi Day 6 February Monday 8 February
Good Friday Varies Friday 25 March
Easter Monday Varies Monday 28 March
ANZAC Day 25 April Monday 25 April
Queen’s Birthday 1st Monday in June Monday 6 June
Labour Day 4th Monday in October Monday 24 October
Christmas Day 25 December Sunday 25 or Tuesday 27 December
Boxing Day 26 December  Monday 26 December
New Zealand Provincial Holidays Actual Date 2016
Auckland 29 January Monday 1 February
Taranaki 31 March Monday 14 March
Hawke’s Bay 1 November Friday 21 October
Wellington 22 January Monday 25 January
Marlborough 1 November Monday 31 October
Nelson 1 February Monday 1 February
Canterbury 16 December Friday 11 November
South Canterbury 16 December Monday 26 September
Westland 1 December Monday 28 November
Otago 23 March Monday 21 March
Southland   Tuesday 29 March
Chatham Islands 30 November Mon 28 November


Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day & 2 January Holiday These public holidays are observed on the actual day when they fall on a weekday.

When they fall on a Saturday or Sunday:

*    if the employee would normally have worked on the Saturday /Sunday, the public holiday is observed on the Saturday/Sunday;

*    if the employee would not normally have worked on the Saturday/Sunday, the public holiday is observed on the following Monday/Tuesday.

Waitangi and ANZAC Days The public holidays for ANZAC Day and Waitangi Day are “Mondayised” if they fall on a Saturday or Sunday.
Provincial Anniversary Days These are generally observed on the Monday nearest to the actual day.
Provinces These relate to the former Provinces of 19th Century New Zealand and are not related to or determined by present-day Districts or Regions.
Taranaki Anniversary Day Moves to 2nd Monday in March to avoid Easter.
Hawkes Bay Anniversary Day Moved to Friday before Labour Day.
Marlborough Anniversary Day Observed 1st Monday after Labour Day.
Canterbury Anniversary Northern & Central Canterbury areas observe Christchurch Show Day. The definition for the Canterbury Anniversary Day celebration as decided by Christchurch City is the second Friday after the first Tuesday in November each year. South Canterbury observes Dominion Day, the 4th Monday in September.
Westland Varies throughout Westland, but Greymouth observes the official day.
Otago Anniversary As there is no easily determined single day of local observance for Otago or Southland then the parties should rely on either their employment agreement or their own custom and practice. Where there is no clear custom and practice then the parties should seek to find an agreement on how they will observe Anniversary day.

If the parties are unhappy with how this matter has been handled in their workplace they can seek assistance from a Labour Inspector, or if they require help to settle agreement in their workplace they can seek assistance from the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment mediation service.

Southland Anniversary Southland Anniversary Day is celebrated on Easter Tuesday.

While these lists have been compiled from the information provided, in good faith, we can give no guarantees of accuracy.