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Public Holidays 2013

Published 12 Nov 2012

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

Tuesday 1 January

Day Following

2 January

Wednesday 2 January

Waitangi Day

6 February

Wednesday 6 February

Good Friday


Friday 29 March

Easter Monday


Monday 1 April


25 April

Thursday 25 April

Queen's Birthday

1st Monday in June

Monday 3 June

Labour Day

4th Monday in October

Monday 28 October

Christmas Day

25 December

Wednesday 25 December

Boxing Day

26 December

Thursday 26 December

New Zealand Provincial Holidays

Actual Date



29 January

Monday 28 January


31 March

Monday 11 March

Hawke's Bay

1 November

Friday 25 October


22 January

Monday 21 January


1 November

Monday 4 November


1 February

Monday 4 February


16 December

Friday 15 November

South Canterbury

16 December

Monday 23 September


1 December

Monday 2 December


23 March

Monday 25 March


17 January

Monday 14 January

Chatham Islands

30 November

Mon 2 December

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. 

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

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.


For an in-depth look at this and Holidays in general see the "Annual Holidays and Leave" ebook. This provides in depth information on Annual Holidays (leave and holiday pay), Public Holidays, Sick and Bereavement Leave, explanations of Relevant Daily Pay, Average Daily Pay, Gross Earnings, Ordinary Weekly Pay etc.

It is available for purchasing and downloading from It is free for Employer Support Package subscribers who can download it from the library section of the employers toolbox (