Holidays in New Zealand

Holidays in New Zealand are different than the United States, in that the seasons of the year are reversed! Christmas is in the summer time, instead of the winter, which is hard to get used to if you are used to having a White Christmas with snow on the ground.

I absolutely LOVE New Zealand! I was lucky enough to spend a week touring the South Island while my Dad who was in the U.S. Army was Stationed in Canberra, Australia for 4 years.  It was one of the most beautiful places that I've ever been to, and I would love to go back to visit one day.

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When we visited New Zealand, we flew into Christchurch, on the South Island and rented a car. From Christchurch, we drove down to Queenstown, then over to Dunedin, and back up to Christchurch.


Holidays and Observances in New Zealand

All the Holidays in New Zealand information below, will give the 2016 Date, Holiday Name, and Holiday Type. Ultimately, we will have a Daily Holidays Page for each of the Days of the Year, and a devoted page for each of the Holidays and Observances.  Pages completed will be linked up below once they are done.

If a Holiday does not have 2016 after it below, that means that it is observed annually on the same day.  Those with 2016 listed after the date, are movable holidays that are observed on different days each year.


January Holidays in New Zealand

February Holidays in New Zealand

March Holidays in New Zealand

April Holidays in New Zealand

May Holidays in New Zealand

June Holidays in New Zealand

  • June 6, 2016 - Queen's Birthday - National Holiday, always celebrated on the First Monday in June. 

July Holidays in New Zealand

  • None

August Holidays in New Zealand

  • None

September Holidays in New Zealand

  • September 4, 2016 - Father's Day (First Sunday in September - Not a Public Holiday)
  • September 26, 2016 - South Canterbury Anniversary Observed (Fourth Monday in September)

October Holidays in New Zealand

  • October 21, 2016 - Hawke's Bay Anniversary Observed (Friday before Labour Day)
  • October 24, 2016 - Labour Day - National Holiday, always celebrated on the Fourth Monday in October
  • October 30, 2016 - Diwali / Deepavali - Observance
  • October 31 - Halloween
  • October 31, 2016 - Marlborough Anniversary Observed (First Monday after Labor Day)

November Holidays in New Zealand

  • November 1, 2016 - Hawke's Bay Anniversary
  • November 1, 2016 - Marlborough Anniversary
  • November 11, 2016 - Canterbury Anniversary Observed
  • November 28, 2016 - Westland Anniversary Observed
  • November 30, 2016 - Chatham Islands Anniversary

December Holidays in New Zealand

  • December 1, 2016 - Westland Anniversary
  • December 16 - Canterbury Anniversary
  • December 16 - South Canterbury Anniversary
  • December 24 - Christmas Eve - Observance
  • December 25Christmas Day - National Holiday
  • December 26 - Boxing Day - National Holiday
  • December 27, 2016 - Christmas Day Observed
  • December 31New Year's Eve (celebrated, but not a National Holiday)





Overview of New Zealand

New Zealand has pretty much everything that you would want - there are  lots of great beaches, beautiful lakes and rivers, and awe inspiring mountains. It is amazingly green and has everything for the outdoor lover and sports enthusiasts!




Below is an amazing Time Lapse Video of New Zealand, from Taranaki Coast of North Island to almost every part of South Island. Presented in TIMELAPSE, with around 100GB and over 17,000 photos shot during a 15-day trip.




Fun Facts About New Zealand

  • New Zealand is known for their extreme sports, such as jetboating
  • A Kiwi in New Zealand is a flightless bird, that is the National Symbol, and Kiwi is also slang for a New Zealander.



  • New Zealand has two official National Anthems – God Defend New Zealand and God Save the Queen, the English National Anthem.
  • The largest city in New Zealand is Auckland, on the North Island.
  • The population is currently only 4.4 million, so the Country is not very crowded. Three quarters of the population, live on the North Island, and a third of the population lives in Auckland, on the North Island.
  • Always Drive on the LEFT hand side of the road!
  • The official languages are English and Maori.
  • Wellington, the Capital City of New Zealand, located on the south end of the North Island, is the southernmost capital city in the world.





Travel Information in New Zealand

Many people travel during the longer holidays for vacations, or to spend time with family living in a different area.  I highly recommend visiting New Zealand, and I am hoping that one day, I am able to go back to visit again.  It is an awesome Country with so many unique, and fun things to do.

To book hotels, I love to use Hotels Combined which is a world leading hotel comparison site.  You can enter the City that you are traveling to below in the Search box, and you can find availability and the best hotel prices by comparing all the major travel sites with just the one search! Find the Hotel and Price that works best for your budget, and book your room!







Top Things to Do in New Zealand

I'm a baby, when it comes to being daring, but I think that the jet boating with Shotover Jet, in Queenstown, looks like one of the funnest things ever!



  • Watch the New Years Eve fireworks shot from the Auckland Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. 
  • If you are brave, you can Bungee Jump off of the Auckland Sky Tower. Or, you can take the Skywalk at the top, or the Skytower Vertigo Climb
  • Take a Road Trip - spend a week or two touring each of the islands, and visiting all the big cities and National Parks along the way!





  • If you like to Hike, visit the town of Hokitita on the South Island, and visit the Hokitita Gorge Track. Further up the Gorge from the swing bridge (shown above), is a popular place for adventure kayakers that is quite challenging.





  • Take a tour of "Hobbiton", the film set used in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. While you can take a tour of the town by bus, and visit the hobbit homes, a great way to see more of the area is by Helicopter. Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters in Queenstown has a  Lord of the Rings, Scenic Tour that also includes a Glacier Landing.





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Country Resources

  • NewZealand.com - Official site of New Zealand Tourism, Business, and Investment


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Holidays in Africa

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Egypt
  • Ghana
  • Ivory Coast
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Holidays in Asia

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Malaysia
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates

Holidays in Australia

Holidays in Europe

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom - England, Ireland, Scotland

Holidays in North America

  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • United States

Holidays in South America

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chili
  • Columbia
  • Ecuador
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela