State and integrated schools and kura school terms and holiday dates.
Level of compliance
Principals and Tumuaki
Parents, Caregivers and Whānau
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.
Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September (100 half-days)
Saturday 28 September to Sunday 13 October
Number of weeks
Term start and end dates
Starts Monday 14 October, and ends no later than Friday 20 December (up to 98 half-days)*
Labour Day – Monday 28 October
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?
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
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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