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NZ Public Holiday Dates 2010 & 2011

Published 01 Nov 2009

Christmas/New Year 2009/10

These are the Public Holidays: Christmas Day is on Friday 25th December 2009, with Boxing Day on Saturday 26th December 2009. New Years Day is Friday 1st January 2010, with the day after being Saturday 2nd January 2010. Boxing Day is observed on Monday 28th December 2009. The day after New Year’s Day is observed on Monday 4th January 2010. The only way any of these days can be observed on a different date is if substituted by an employment agreement.

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

New Zealand Public Holidays

Actual Date



New Year's Day

1 January

Fri 1 Jan

Mon 3 Jan

Day Following

2 January

Mon 4 Jan

Tue 4 Jan

Waitangi Day

6 February

Sat 6 Feb

Sat 6 Feb

Good Friday


Fri 2 Apr

Fri 22 Apr

Easter Monday


Mon 5 Apr

Mon 25 Apr

Anzac Day

25 April

Sun 25 Apr

Mon 25 Apr

Queen's Birthday

1st Monday in June

Mon 7 Jun

Mon 6 Jun

Labour Day

4th Monday in October

Mon 25 Oct

Mon 24 Oct

Christmas Day

25 December

Mon 27 Dec

Tue 27 Dec

Boxing Day

26 December

Tue 28 Dec

Mon 26 Dec

New Zealand Provincial Holidays

Actual Date




29 January

Mon 1 Feb

Mon 31 Jan


31 March

Mon 8 Mar

Mon 14 Mar

Hawke's Bay

1 November

Fri 22 Oct

Fri 21 Oct


22 January

Mon 25 Jan

Mon 24 Jan


1 November

Mon 1 Nov

Mon 31 Oct


1 February

Mon 1 Feb

Mon 31 Jan


16 December

Fri 12 Nov

Fri 11 Nov

South Canterbury

16 December

Mon 27 Sep

Mon 26 Sep


1 December

Mon 29 Nov

Mon 5 Dec


23 March

Mon 22 Mar

Mon 21 Mar


17 January

Mon 18 Jan

Mon 17 Jan

Chatham Islands

30 November

Mon 29 Nov

Mon 28 Nov

*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/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.

Provincial Anniversary Days

These are generally observed on the Monday nearest to the actual day.


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.


Varies throughout Westland, but Greymouth observes the official day.

Otago & Southland Anniversary Days

Reprinted with the permission of the Department of Labour