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NZ School Holidays 2024, School Terms & Public Holidays

Having the official dates of New Zealand's school holidays 2024, school terms, and public holidays handy makes planning simple.

When asking, “What dates are NZ school holidays 2024?”, "When does school start in New Zealand?" or “What dates are NZ terms 2024?” - you’ll find the key dates below.

New Zealand school holidays 2024, NZ school terms 2024, NZ public holidays 2024.
New Zealand school holidays 2024, NZ school terms 2024, NZ public holidays 2024

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School Terms 2024 NZ: Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington

NZ School terms NZ school term dates 2024*

Term 1 2024

Monday 29 January 2024 - Friday 12 April 2024


Good Friday (29 March 2024), Easter Monday (01 April 2024) and Easter Tuesday (02 April 2024) are public holidays and part of Term 1 2024.

Term 2 2024

Monday 29 April 2024 - Friday 05 July 2024


King’s Birthday (Monday 03 June 2024) and Matariki (Friday 28 June 2024) are public holidays and part of Term 2 2024.

Term 3 2024

Monday 22 July 2024 - Friday 27 September 2024

Term 4 2024

Monday 14 October 2024 - Friday 20 December 2024

New Zealand School Holidays 2024: Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Queenstown, Rotorua, Wellington

NZ School term School holiday dates New Zealand*

Term 1 Holidays 2024

Easter holidays 2024 NZ:

Saturday 13 April 2024 - Sunday 28 April 2024

School starts (Term 2) on Monday 29 April 2024


These New Zealand school holidays include ANZAC Day (Saturday 25 April 2024) public holiday.

Term 2 Holidays 2024

July school holidays 2024 (winter):

Saturday 06 July 2024 - Sunday 21 July 2024

School starts (Term 3) on Monday 22 July 2024

Term 3 Holidays 2024

September - October school holidays 2024:

Saturday 28 September 2024 - Sunday 13 October 2024

School starts (Term 4) on Monday 14 October 2024

Term 4 Holidays 2024

Christmas holidays 2024 NZ (summer):

Christmas holidays in NZ start Saturday 21 December 2024, and end between Sunday 26 January 2025 and Thursday 06 February 2025.


NZ school holidays are 5 - 6 weeks long.


Back to school NZ 2025: between Monday 27 January 2025 and Friday 7 February 2025.


These New Zealand school holidays include:

  • Christmas Day (Wednesday 25 December 2024),
  • Boxing Day (Thursday 26 December 2024),
  • New Year's Day (Wednesday 01 January 2025), and
  • Day after New Year's Day (Thursday 02 January 2025).

NZ Public Holidays 2024: Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Queenstown, Rotorua, Tauranga, Wellington, Whangarei

New Zealand public holiday 2024 Public holiday dates*
New Year's Day Monday 1 January 2024
Day after New Year’s Day Tuesday 2 January 2024
Waitangi Day Tuesday 6 February 2024
Good Friday 2024 NZ Friday 29 March 2024
Easter 2024 NZ Sunday 31 March 2024
Easter Monday Monday 1 April 2024
Anzac Day Thursday 25 April 2024
King’s Birthday NZ 2024 Monday 3 June 2024
Matariki Friday 28 June 2024
Labour Day Monday 28 October 2024
Christmas Day Wednesday 25 December 2024
Boxing Day Thursday 26 December 2024
*Official resource

NZ School Terms 2023: Auckland, Christchurch & Hamilton

School term 2023 NZ term dates 2023*

Term 1 2023 NZ

Monday 30 January 2023 - Thursday 06 April 2023

Term 2 2023 NZ

Monday 24 April 2023 - Friday 30 June 2023


ANZAC Day (Sunday 25 April 2023) is a public holiday in Term 2.

Term 3 2023 NZ

Monday 17 July 2023 - Friday 22 September 2023

Term 4 2023 NZ

Monday 09 October 2023 - Wednesday 20 December 2023

NZ School Holidays 2023: Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Queenstown & Rotorua

School Term School holidays 2023 NZ dates*

Term 1 holidays 2023

Easter school holidays 2023:

Friday 07 April 2023 - Sunday 23 April 2023

Kids return to school on Monday 24 April 2023.


These New Zealand school holidays 2023 include Good Friday (7 April 2023) and Easter (Monday 10 April and Tuesday 11 April 2023) public holidays.

Term 2 holidays 2023 NZ

July school holidays 2023:

Saturday 01 July 2023 - Sunday 16 July 2023

Kids return to school on Monday 17 July 2023

Term 3 holidays NZ

September - October school holidays 2023:

Saturday 23 September 2023 - Sunday 08 October 2023

Kids return to school on Monday 9 October 2023

Term 4 school holidays 2023

Christmas holidays 2023:

Christmas holidays start Thursday 21 December 2023, and finish between Sunday 28 January 2024 and Tuesday 6 February 2024.


NZ school holidays are 5 - 6 weeks long.


Back to school NZ 2024: between Monday 29 January 2024 and Wednesday 7 February 2024.


These New Zealand school holidays 2023 include Christmas Day (Monday 25 December 2023), Boxing Day (Tuesday 26 December 2023) and New Year's Day (Monday 1 January 2024).

NZ Public Holidays 2023: Auckland, Christchurch, Hamilton, Queenstown, Whangarei & Rotorua

Below are the New Zealand public holidays 2023, including public holidays NZ 2023 in Christchurch, Auckland, Hamilton, Queenstown, Whangarei and Rotorua.

2023 public holidays NZ Holiday dates*
New Year's Day Sunday 1 January 2023 & Tuesday 3 January 2023 (Additional holiday)
Day after New Year’s Day Monday 2 January 2023
Waitangi Day Monday 6 February 2023
Good Friday 2023 NZ Friday 7 April 2023
Easter 2023 NZ Sunday 9 April 2023
Easter Monday Monday 10 April 2023
Anzac Day Tuesday 25 April 2023
King’s Birthday NZ 2023 Monday 5 June 2023
Matariki Friday 14 July 2023
Labour Day Monday 23 October 2023
Christmas Day Monday 25 December 2023
Boxing Day Tuesday 26 December 2023
*Official resource

Frequently Asked Questions

School holidays in New Zealand are as follows:

Christmas holidays 2023 (Term 4 holidays): Thursday 21 December 2023 - Sunday 28 January 2024;

April holidays 2024 (Term 1 holidays): Saturday 13 April 2024 - Sunday 28 April 2024;

July school holidays 2024 (Term 2 school holidays): Saturday 06 July 2024 - Sunday 21 July 2024;

October school holidays 2024 (Term 3 school holidays): Saturday 28 September 2024 - Sunday 13 October 2024;

Christmas holidays 2024 (Term 4 holidays): Saturday 21 December 2024 - Sunday 26 January 2025 / Thursday 06 February 2025.

School starts in New Zealand on the following days:

Term 1 2024: Monday 29 January 2024;

Term 2 2024: Monday 29 April 2024;

Term 3 2024: Monday 22 July 2024;

Term 4 2024: Monday 14 October 2024.

In New Zealand, school starts 2024 (Auckland, Christchurch) as follows:

Term 1 2024: Monday 29 January 2024;

Term 2 2024: Monday 29 April 2024;

Term 3 2024: Monday 22 July 2024;

Term 4 2024: Monday 14 October 2024.

NZ schools start back on the following dates:

Term 1 2024: Monday 29 January 2024;

Term 2 2024: Monday 29 April 2024;

Term 3 2024: Monday 22 July 2024;

Term 4 2024: Monday 14 October 2024.

The New Zealand school holidays 2024 are as follows:

Summer holidays 2023: Thursday 21 December 2023 - Sunday 28 January 2024;

School holidays in April: Saturday 13 April 2024 - Sunday 28 April 2024;

School holidays in July: Saturday 06 July 2024 - Sunday 21 July 2024;

October school holidays: Saturday 28 September 2024 - Sunday 13 October 2024;

Christmas holidays: Saturday 21 December 2024 - Sunday 26 January 2025 / Thursday 06 February 2025.

The New Zealand school holidays in 2024 are as follows:

Christmas holidays 2023: Thursday 21 December 2023 - Sunday 28 January 2024;

School holidays in April: Saturday 13 April 2024 - Sunday 28 April 2024;

School holidays in July: Saturday 06 July 2024 - Sunday 21 July 2024;

School holidays in September-October: Saturday 28 September 2024 - Sunday 13 October 2024;

Christmas holidays 2024: Saturday 21 December 2024 - Sunday 26 January 2025 / Thursday 06 February 2025.

Below are the dates for NZ school terms 2024:

Term 1: Monday 29 January 2024 - Friday 12 April 2024;

Term 2: Monday 29 April 2024 - Friday 05 July 2024;

Term 3: Monday 22 July 2024 - Friday 27 September 2024;

Term 4: Monday 14 October 2024 - Friday 20 December 2024

275-276 school days, depending on a year

Waitangi Day is a national public holiday. Thus, there is no school.

Schools are closed on Good Friday because it's a public holiday in New Zealand.

No school on Anzac Day because it's an official public holiday in New Zealand.

There is school in NZ on the following dates:

Term 1: Monday 29 January 2024 - Friday 12 April 2024;

Term 2: Monday 29 April 2024 - Friday 05 July 2024;

Term 3: Monday 22 July 2024 - Friday 27 September 2024;

Term 4: Monday 14 October 2024 - Friday 20 December 2024

Here's when school holidays start in New Zealand:

April holidays 2024: Saturday 13 April 2024;

July school holidays 2024: Saturday 06 July 2024;

October school holidays 2024: Saturday 28 September 2024;

Christmas holidays 2024: Saturday 21 December 2024.

The next school holidays NZ start:

April school holidays: Saturday 13 April 2024;

July school holidays: Saturday 06 July 2024;

September-October school holidays: Saturday 28 September 2024;

Christmas holidays 2024: Saturday 21 December 2024.

The next school holidays NZ start on Saturday 13 April 2024; Saturday 06 July 2024; Saturday 28 September 2024; Saturday 21 December 2024.

April holidays : Saturday 13 April 2024 - Sunday 28 April 2024;

July school holidays: Saturday 06 July 2024 - Sunday 21 July 2024;

October school holidays: Saturday 28 September 2024 - Sunday 13 October 2024;

Christmas holidays: Saturday 21 December 2024 - Sunday 26 January 2025 / Thursday 06 February 2025.

Easter 2024 in New Zealand is on Sunday 31 March 2024

Easter is part of Term 1 2024 in New Zealand.

Easter weekend is observed: Friday 29 March 2024 - Monday 01 April 2024;

School holidays in April: Saturday 13 April 2024 - Sunday 28 April 2024

Easter 2024 weekend: Friday 29 March 2024 - Monday 01 April 2024

Easter 2024 is part of Term 1 in New Zealand.

Easter weekend starts on Friday 29 March 2024 to Monday 01 April 2024;

April school holidays starts on Saturday 13 April 2024.

A term NZ has about 10-11 weeks. Here's how long a school term NZ in 2024:

Term 1 2024 (11 weeks). Term 1 starts on Monday 29 January 2024 and ends Friday 12 April 2024.

Term 2 2024 (10 weeks). Term 2 starts on Monday 29 April 2024 and ends Friday 05 July 2024.

Term 3 2024 (10 weeks). Term 3 starts on Monday 22 July 2024 and ends Friday 27 September 2024.

Term 4 2024 (10 weeks). Term 4 starts on Monday 14 October 2024 and ends Friday 20 December 2024.

5 - 6 weeks (second half of December - end of January / beginning of February). Here's when summer break in New Zealand is:

Summer Break 2023 starts on 21 December 2023 and finishes on Sunday 28 January 2024 (Tuesday 6 February 2024).

Summer Break 2024 starts on 21 December 2024 and ends Sunday 26 January 2025 (Thursday 06 February 2025).

The school holidays end in NZ in 2024 as follows:

Summer break 2023 ends on Sunday 28 January 2024 / Tuesday 06 February 2024;

April holidays end on Sunday 28 April 2024;

Winter break ends on Sunday 21 July 2024;

Spring holidays end on Sunday 13 October 2024;

Summer break 2024 ends on Sunday 26 January 2025 / Thursday 06 February 2025.

There are about 41 school weeks in a year in NZ. The school year 2024 starts in New Zealand on Monday, 29 January 2024. Schools finish up for summer (the last day of school 2024) on Friday, 20 December 2024.

Here's when the school holidays start in New Zealand:

April school holidays 2024: Saturday 13 April 2024;

July school holidays 2024: Saturday 06 July 2024;

October school holidays 2024: Saturday 28 September 2024;

Christmas holidays 2024: Saturday 21 December 2024.

Summer break 2023: Thursday 21 December 2023 - Sunday 28 January 2024 / Tuesday 6 February 2024;

April holidays 2024 : Saturday 13 April 2024 - Sunday 28 April 2024;

July school holidays 2024: Saturday 06 July 2024 - Sunday 21 July 2024;

October school holidays 2024: Saturday 28 September 2024 - Sunday 13 October 2024;

Christmas holidays 2024: Saturday 21 December 2024 - Sunday 26 January 2025 / Thursday 06 February 2025.

275-276 school days, depending on a year

The school holidays in New Zealand occur on the following dates:

Summer holidays 2023: Thursday 21 December 2023 - Sunday 28 January 2024 (Tuesday 6 February 2024);

April holidays 2024: Saturday 13 April 2024 - Sunday 28 April 2024;

July school holidays 2024: Saturday 06 July 2024 - Sunday 21 July 2024;

October school holidays 2024: Saturday 28 September 2024 - Sunday 13 October 2024;

Christmas holidays 2024: Saturday 21 December 2024 - Sunday 26 January 2025 (Thursday 06 February 2025).

Kids go back to schools in NZ on the following days:

Term 1 2024 starts on Monday 29 January 2024 (Tuesday 6 February 2024);

Term 2 2024 starting Monday 29 April 2024;

Term 3 2024 starts on Monday 22 July 2024;

Term 4 2024 starting Monday 14 October 2024.

Here's when the school holidays in New Zealand in 2024:

Summer holidays 2023: Thursday 21 December 2023 - Sunday 28 January 2024;

School holidays in April: Saturday 13 April 2024 - Sunday 28 April 2024;

School holidays in July: Saturday 06 July 2024 - Sunday 21 July 2024;

October school holidays: Saturday 28 September 2024 - Sunday 13 October 2024;

Christmas holidays: Saturday 21 December 2024 - Sunday 26 January 2025 / Thursday 06 February 2025.

The New Zealand school year generally begins between the end of January and the beginning of February. In 2024, Monday 29 January 2024

The next school holidays in NZ are as follows:

Easter holidays start on Saturday 13 April 2024;

Winter holidays: Saturday 06 July 2024;

October holidays: Saturday 28 September 2024;

Christmas holidays 2024: Saturday 21 December 2024.

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