When are school holidays in New Zealand?

There's no doubt that the school holidays are a time of joy and freedom for the kids from a tough term at school. But for parents and carers, it can be challenging to find the perfect activities for their lovely ones to meet their needs and fulfil their kids’ eagerness and excitement. Looking for the official school holiday dates in New Zealand? Have a look at this quick overview.
  • School holiday dates in New Zealand in 2020
  • School holiday dates in New Zealand in 2021
  • School holiday dates in New Zealand in 2022
If you are not sure how to entertain your kids in the upcoming holidays, fear no more as there’s so much to do in New Zealand. Keen to explore nature and wildlife? Or is a coastline adventure more your style? Discover events, activities and school holiday programs for your children near you. If you live in North Island, check out our top list of school holiday activities in Auckland , Hamilton , Rotorua , and many other beautiful places in New Zealand. There are plenty of kids’ activities in South Island as well. Have a look at what schoolholidays.com.au has got in places such as Queenstown , Christchurch , Fiordland , and many others.

School holiday dates in New Zealand in 2020

School Term School holiday dates*
Term 1 Saturday 11 April 2020 - Sunday 26 April 2020

These New Zealand school holidays include Easter (Monday 13 April 2020) and ANZAC Day (Saturday 25 April 2020) public holidays.
Term 2 Saturday 4 July 2020 – Sunday 19 July 2020
Term 3 Saturday 26 September 2020 – Sunday 11 October 2020
Term 4 5 - 6 weeks.
Primary, intermediate and special schools - after Friday 18 December 2020.
Secondary and composite schools - after Friday 16 December 2020.

These New Zealand school holidays include Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day.
*Official resource

School holiday dates in New Zealand in 2021

School Term School holiday dates*
Term 1 Saturday 17 April 2021 - Sunday 2 May 2021

These New Zealand school holidays include ANZAC Day (Sunday 25 April 2021) public holiday.
Term 2 Saturday 10 July 2021 – Sunday 25 July 2021
Term 3 Saturday 2 October 2021 – Sunday 17 October 2021
Term 4 5 - 6 weeks.
For all schools , holidays start after Monday 20 December 2021.

These New Zealand school holidays include Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
*Official resource

School holiday dates in New Zealand in 2022

School Term School holiday dates*
Term 1 Saturday 16 April 2022 - Sunday 1 May 2022

These New Zealand school holidays include Easter (Monday 18, Tuesday 19 April 2022), and ANZAC day (Monday 25 April 2022) public holidays.
Term 2 Saturday 9 July 2022 – Sunday 24 July 2022
Term 3 Saturday 1 October 2022 – Sunday 16 October 2022
Term 4 5 - 6 weeks.
For all schools , holidays start after Tuesday 20 December 2022.

These New Zealand school holidays include Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
*Official resource