School terms and holidays

The New Zealand school year is divided into 4 terms for state and state integrated schools. There is a 2 week break between each of the first 3 terms and a summer holiday at the end of the 4th term of about 6 weeks.

Setting term dates for state and state-integrated schools

At the start of the year, schools may open on any day between Auckland Anniversary Day and 7 February, the day after Waitangi Day. At the end of the year, schools can close on any day up to the latest date, as long as they have been open for the required number of half-days during the year. More information for schools setting term dates.

2016 school terms and holidays

 Start dateEnd date Holidays    

Term 1 - 11 weeks

Between Monday 1 February
(at the earliest);
and Friday 5 February (at the latest)
Friday 15 April
(94-102 half days)

Public holidays: Waitangi Day 8 February, 

Easter: Good Friday 25 March, Easter Monday 28 March
and Easter Tuesday 29 March  (a school holiday) 

School holiday: Saturday 16 April - Sunday 1 May and includes ANZAC day.

Term 2 - 10 weeks

Monday 2 May Friday 8 July
(98 half days)

Public holiday: Queen’s Birthday 6 June

School holiday: Saturday 9 July – Sunday 24 July

Term 3 - 9 weeks

Monday 25 July Friday 23 September
(90 half days)
School holidays: Saturday 24 September – Sunday 9 October

Term 4 - up to 11 weeks

Monday 10 October

Primary, intermediate and special schools:
No later than Tuesday 20 December
(102 half days)*

Secondary and composite:
No later than Friday 16 December
(98 half days)**

Public holidays: Labour Day 24 October, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day

School holiday: 5 or 6 weeks (from school’s closing date until opening date of school the following year)

 

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 384 half days in 2016.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2016.

2017 school terms and holidays

 Start dateEnd date

    Holidays   

Term 1 - 10 or 11 weeks

Between Monday 30 January (at the earliest);
and Tuesday 7 February (at the latest)

Thursday 13 April
(96-106 half days)

Public holiday: Waitangi Day

School holiday: 2 weeks (includes Easter and Easter Tuesday and Anzac Day)
Friday 14 April – Sunday 30 April

Term 2 - 10 weeks

Monday 1 May Friday 7 July
(98 half days)

Public holiday: Queen's birthday

School holiday: Saturday 8 July – Sunday 23 July

Term 3 - 10 weeks

Monday 24 July Friday 29 September
(100 half days)
2 weeks
Saturday 30 September – Sunday 15 October

Term 4 - up to 10 weeks 

Monday 16 October

Primary, intermediate and special schools:
No later than Wednesday 20 December
(94 half days)*

5 or 6 weeks

School holiday: 5-6 weeks from school’s closing date until opening date of school the following year.

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 388 half days in 2017.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2017.

 

2018 school terms and holidays

 Start dateEnd date Holidays    

Term 1 - 11 weeks 

Between Monday 29 January
(at the earliest);
and Wednesday 7 February (at the latest)
Friday 13 April
(90 -102 half days)

Public holidays: Waitangi Day 6 February, 

Easter: Good Friday 30 March, Easter Monday 2 April
and Easter Tuesday 3 April (a school holiday) 

School holiday: Saturday 14 April - Sunday 29 April (includes ANZAC day 25 April).

Term 2 - 10 weeks

Monday 30 April Friday 6 July
(98 half days)

Public holiday: Queen’s Birthday 4 June

School holiday: Saturday 7 July – Sunday 22 July

Term 3 - 10 weeks

Monday 23 July Friday 28 September
(100 half days)
School holidays: Saturday 29 September – Sunday 14 October

Term 4 - up to 10 weeks

Monday 15 October

Primary, intermediate and special schools:
No later than Thursday 20 December
(96 half days)*

Secondary and composite:
No later than Tuesday 18 December
(92 half days)**

Public holidays: Labour Day 22 October, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day

School holiday: 5 or 6 weeks (from school’s closing date until opening date of school the following year)

 

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 384 half days in 2018.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2018.

2019 school terms and holidays

 Start dateEnd date Holidays    

Term 1 - 11 weeks

Between Monday 28 January (at the earliest); and Thursday 7 February (at the latest) Friday 12 April (94-108 half days)

Public holidays: Waitangi Day 6 February.

School holiday: Saturday 13 April - Sunday 28 April (includes Easter and Easter Tuesday and ANZAC day).

Term 2 - 10 weeks

Monday 29 April Friday 5 July (98 half days)

Public holiday: Queen’s Birthday 3 June

School holiday: Saturday 6 July – Sunday 21 July

Term 3 - 10 weeks

Monday 22 July Friday 27 September (100 half days) School holidays: Saturday 28 September – Sunday 13 October

Term 4 - up to 10 weeks

Monday 14 October

Primary, intermediate and special schools: No later than Thursday 20 December (98 half days)*

Secondary and composite: No later than Tuesday 18 December (94 half days)**

Public holidays: Labour Day 28 October, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day

School holiday: 5 or 6 weeks (from school’s closing date until opening date of school the following year)

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 390 half days in 2019. 
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 386 half days in 2019.

2020 school terms and holidays

 Start dateEnd date Holidays    

Term 1 - 11 weeks

Between Monday 27 January (at the earliest); and Friday 7 February (at the latest) Thursday 9 April (90-106 half days)

Public holidays: Waitangi Day.

School holiday: Saturday 11 April - Sunday 26 April (includes Easter, Easter Tuesday and ANZAC day).

Term 2 - 10 weeks

Tuesday 28  April Friday 3 July (96 half days)

Public holiday: Queen’s Birthday 

School holiday: Saturday 4 July – Sunday 19 July

Term 3 - 10 weeks

Monday 20 July Friday 25 September (100 half days) School holidays: Saturday 26 September – Sunday 11 October

Term 4 - up to 10 weeks

Monday 12 October

Primary, intermediate and special schools: No later than Friday 18 December (98 half days)*

Secondary and composite: No later than Wednesday 16 December (94 half days)**

Public holidays: Labour Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day

School holiday: 5 or 6 weeks (from school’s closing date until opening date of school the following year)

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 384 half days in 2020. 
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2020.

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Days schools must close

Under the Education Act 1989 state and state integrated schools must be closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. State and state integrated schools must also close on Easter Tuesday. Partnership and private schools have greater legislative freedom than state and stage integrated schools so may decide to open on Easter Tuesday. Go to more information for schools setting term dates.

Schools may also close

Schools may also close for teacher only days and in an emergency. Go to more information for schools setting term dates.

Early childhood centres

These include kindergartens and playcentres and generally follow the same term and holiday dates as state schools. Full time daycare centres are usually open through the school holidays but close for a time over Christmas.

Private schools and partnership schools

Private schools and partnership schools may not have exactly the same term and holiday dates as state and state-integrated schools.

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