School terms and holiday dates

State and integrated schools and kura school terms and holiday dates.

Level of compliance Main audience Other

Inform

  • School Boards
  • Administrators 
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Parents, Caregivers and Whānau
  • General Public

These dates support school boards, administrators, principals and parents/caregivers to plan their calendars. Holidays and mandatory half-days are statutory requirements for state and integrated schools and kura.

2020 school terms and holidays

Term 1
Number of weeks 9

Term start and end dates

Starts between Monday 27 January (at the earliest); and Friday 7 February (at the latest), and
ends Friday 27 March (72-88 half days) *

Public holidays Waitangi Day - Monday 8 February
School holidays Saturday 28 March to Tuesday 14 April
(includes Easter: Good Friday - 10 April, Easter Monday - 13 April, Easter Tuesday - 14 April)
Term 2

Number of weeks

12

Term start and end dates Wednesday 15 April to Friday 3 July (110 half days)
Public holidays ANZAC Day (observed) - Monday 27 April, and Queen’s Birthday - Monday 1 June
School holidays  Saturday 4 July to Sunday 19 July
Term 3

Number of weeks

10

Term start and end dates Monday 20 July to Friday 25 September (100 half days)
Public holidays None
School holidays Saturday 26 September to Sunday 11 October
Term 4

Number of weeks

Up to 10

Term start and end dates Starts Monday 12 October, and ends for:
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 - Monday 26 October, Christmas Day - Friday 25 December, Boxing Day - Saturday 26 December, and New Year's Day - Friday 1 January 2021
School holidays 5 or 6 weeks (from school’s closing date until opening date of school the following year)

* The 2020 Term 1 school holidays were brought forward so that they were completed within the 4 week period of Alert level 4 in response to Covid-19. 
Schools lost 4 half days of instruction because the school holidays were moved and included Easter, which meant an additional teacher only day on Tuesday 28 April.

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

*** Or to a day in December that ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 376 half days in 2020. 

2021 school terms and holidays

Term 1

Number of weeks

Between 10-11

Term start and end dates Starts between Monday 1 February (at the earliest); and Tuesday 9 February (at the latest), and
ends Friday 16 April (92-102 half-days)
Public holidays Waitangi Day (observed) - Monday 8 February, and Easter: Good Friday - 2 April, Easter Monday - 5 April, Easter Tuesday - 6 April (a school holiday)
School holidays Saturday 17 April to Sunday 2 May
(includes ANZAC Day - 25 April)
Term 2

Number of weeks

10

Term start and end dates Monday 3 May to Friday 9 July (98 half-days)
Public holidays Queen’s Birthday - Monday 7 June
School holidays Saturday 10 July to Sunday 25 July
Term 3  

Number of weeks

10

Term start and end dates Monday 26 July to Friday 1 October (100 half-days)
Public holidays None
School holidays Saturday 2 October to Sunday 17 October 
Term 4 

Number of weeks

Up to 10

Term start and end dates

Starts Monday 18 October, and
ends, for all schools, no later than Monday 20 December (80-90 half-days) *

Public holidays Labour Day - Monday 25 October, Christmas Day - Saturday 25 December, Boxing Day - Sunday 26 December, and New Year's Day - Saturday 1 January 2022
School holidays 5 or 6 weeks (from school’s closing date until opening date of school the following year) 

 * Or to a day in December that ensures that the school has been open for instruction for a minimum of 380 half-days in 2021.

2022 school terms and holidays

Term 1

Number of weeks

Between 10-11

Term start and end dates Starts between Monday 31 January (at the earliest); and Tuesday 8 February (at the latest), and 
ends Thursday 14 April (96-106 half-days)
Public holidays Waitangi Day (observed) - Monday 7 February, and Easter: Good Friday - 15 April
School holidays Saturday 16 April to Sunday 1 May 
(includes Easter Monday - 18 April, Easter Tuesday - 19 April (a school holiday), and ANZAC Day - Monday 25 April)
Term 2

Number of weeks

10

Term start and end dates Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July (98 half-days)
Public holidays Queen’s Birthday - Monday 6 June
School holidays Saturday 9 July to Sunday 24 July
Term 3
Number of weeks

10

Term start and end dates Monday 25 July to Friday 30 September (100 half-days)
Public holidays None
School holidays Saturday 1 October to Sunday 16 October
Term 4  

Number of weeks

Up to 10

Term start and end dates

Starts Monday 17 October, and
ends no later than Tuesday 20 December (92 half-days)*

Public holidays Labour Day - Monday 24 October, Christmas Day - Sunday 25 December, Boxing Day - Monday 26 December, and New Year's Day - Sunday 1 January 2023

* For primary, intermediate and special schools: or to a day in December that ensures that the school has been open for instruction for a minimum of 386 half-days in 2022.

For secondary and composite schools: or to a day in December that ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2022.

Who uses the school terms and holiday dates?

For: School terms and holidays
State and state-integrated schools and kura

The New Zealand school year is usually divided into 4 terms. There is usually 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 schools Have greater legislative freedom than state and integrated schools and kura and are able to vary their opening hours and school year

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Primary and intermediate school terms and holidays to 2022 [ICS, 30 KB]

Secondary and composite school terms and holidays to 2022 [ICS, 30 KB]

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