School terms and holiday dates

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

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Inform

  • 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.

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 (96 half-days)
Public holidays Queen’s Birthday – Monday 6 June, Matariki - Friday 24 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 384 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 378 half-days in 2022.

2023 school terms and holidays

Term 1
Number of weeks 10
Term start and end dates Starts between Monday 30 January (at the earliest); and Tuesday 7 February (at the latest), and ends Thursday 6 April (86-96 half-days)
Public holidays Waitangi Day Monday 6 February, and Easter: Good Friday, Easter Monday and Easter Tuesday
School holidays Friday 7 April to Sunday 23 April (includes Good Friday – 7 April, Easter Monday – 10 April and Easter Tuesday – 11 April (a school holiday))
Term 2
Number of weeks 10
Term start and end dates Monday 24 April to Friday 30 June (96 half-days)
Public holidays Anzac Day – Tuesday 25 April and Queen’s Birthday – Monday 5 June
School holidays Saturday 1 July to Sunday 16 July (includes Matariki 14 July)
Term 3
Number of weeks 10
Term start and end dates Monday 17 July to Friday 22 September (100 half-days)
Public holidays None
School holidays Saturday 23 September to Sunday 8 October
Term 4
Number of weeks 10
Term start and end dates Starts Monday 9 October, and ends no later than Wednesday 20 December (up to 104 half-days)*
Public holidays Labour Day – Monday 23 October, Christmas Day – Sunday 25 December, Boxing Day – Monday 26 December and New Year's Day – Sunday 1 January 2024
School holidays 5-6 weeks (from school’s closing day until the opening date the following year).

* For primary, intermediate and special schools: or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for a minimum of 386 half-days in 2023.

For secondary and composite schools: or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2023.

 

2024 school terms and holidays

Term 1
Number of weeks 10
Term start and end dates Starts between Monday 29 January (at the earliest); and Wednesday 7 February (at the latest), and ends Friday 12 April (90-102 half-days)
Public holidays Waitangi Day - Tuesday 6 February, and Easter: Good Friday - 29 March, Easter Monday - 1 April, Easter Tuesday - 2 April (a school holiday)
School holidays Saturday 13 April -Sunday 28 April (includes ANZAC Day 25 April)
Term 2
Number of weeks 10
Term start and end dates Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July (96 half-days)
Public holidays Queen’s Birthday – Monday 3 June, Matariki – Friday 28 June
School holidays Saturday 6 July - Sunday 21 July
Term 3
Number of weeks 10
Term start and end dates Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September (100 half-days)
Public holidays None
School holidays Saturday 28 September to Sunday 13 October
Term 4
Number of weeks 10
Term start and end dates Starts Monday 14 October, and ends no later than Friday 20 December (up to 98 half-days)*
Public holidays Labour Day – Monday 28 October 
School holidays 5-6 weeks (from school’s closing day until the opening date the following year, including Christmas Day – Wednesday 25 December, Boxing Day – Thursday 26 December and New Year's Day – Wednesday 1 January 2025).

* For primary, intermediate and special schools: or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for a minimum of 384 half-days in 2024.

For secondary and composite schools: or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2024.

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 four terms. There is usually a two-week break between each of the first three terms and a summer holiday at the end of Term 4 of about six 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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