School Easter holiday dates

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.

ical files for primary and secondary school term dates and holidays

Download the ical files for 2015-2017 school terms and holidays:

2016 school terms

Start date End 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

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)
Friday 14 April – Sunday 30 April

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.

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.

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.


Interesting facts:

School holidays (also referred to as vacations, breaks and recess) are the periods during which schools are closed for study. The dates and periods of school holidays vary considerably throughout the world, and there is usually some variation even within the same...

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