School terms and holidays for state and integrated schools and kura

School terms and holidays

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

Early learning services (including kindergartens and playcentres) 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 and partnership schools|kura Hourua have greater legislative freedom than state and integrated schools and kura and are able to vary their opening hours and school year

 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 Friday 20 December (98 half days)*

Secondary and composite:
No later than Friday 13 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 380 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.

2021 school terms and holidays

 START DATEEND DATEHOLIDAYS
Term 1 – Between 10-11 weeks Between Monday 1 February (at the earliest); and Tuesday 9 February (at the latest) Friday 16 April
(92-102 half-days)

Public holidays: Waitangi Day 6 February,

Easter: Good Friday 2 April, Easter Monday 5 April
and Easter Tuesday 6 April (a school holiday)

School holiday: Saturday 17 April - Sunday 2 May April (includes ANZAC day 25 April).

Term 2 - 10 weeks Monday 3 May Friday 9 July (98 half-days)

Public holiday: Queen’s Birthday 7 June

School holiday: Saturday 10 July – Sunday 25 July

Term 3 - 10 weeks Monday 26 July Friday 1 October (100 half-days) School holidays: Saturday 2 October – Sunday 17 October
Term 4 - up to 10 weeks Monday 18 October All schools no later than Monday 20 December (80-90 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 a minimum of 380 half-days in 2021.

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