New Zealand public holidays in 2019 and 2020

The calendar of public holidays in New Zealand consists of 10 ten holidays celebrated nationwide and one proper to each of the country’s provinces.

Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day celebrations in New Zealand attract crowds.

When the public holiday falls on a weekend, it can be celebrated on the following Monday. It happens in the case of New Year’s Day, the 2 of January holiday and the Anzac Day.

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See below the list of New Zealand public holidays in 2019 and 2020.

2019

Holiday

2020

1 January (Tuesday)

New Year’s Day

1 January (Wednesday)

2 January (Wednesday)

Day after New Year’s Day

2 January (Thursday)

6 February (Wednesday)

Waitangi Day

6 February (Thursday)

19 April (Friday)

Good Friday

10 April (Friday)

22 April (Monday)

Easter Monday

13 April (Monday)

25 April (Thursday)

Anzac Day

25 April (Saturday), observed on 27 April (Monday)

3 June (Monday)

Queen’s Birthday

1 June (Monday)

28 October (Monday)

Labour Day

26 October (Monday)

25 December (Wednesday)

Christmas Day

25 December (Friday)

26 December (Thursday)

Boxing Day

26 Decemebr (Saturday), observed on 28 Decemebr (Monday)

 

Apart from the holidays included in the table above, each of the historical provinces of New Zealand celebrates its ‘anniversary’ by a statutory local holiday. See the list of the provincial anniversary days in New Zealand in 2019 and 2020 below:

2019

Prowincja

2020

21 January (Monday)

Wellington

20 January (Monday)

28 January (Monday)

Auckland

27 January (Monday)

4 February (Monday)

Nelson

3 February (Monday)

25 March (Monday)

Otago

23 March (Monday)

23 April (Tuesday)

Southland

14 April (Tuesday)

11 March (Monday)

Taranaki/New Plymouth

9 March (Monday)

23 September (Monday)

South Canterbury

28 September (Monday)

25 October (Friday)

Hawke’sBay

23 October (Friday)

4 November (Monday)

Marlborough

2 November (Monday)

15 November (Friday)

Canterbury

13 November (Friday)

2 December (Monday)

Chatham Islands

30 November (Monday)

2 December (Monday)

Westland

30 November (Monday)

 

Waitangi Day New Zealand
The national day of Newz Zealand, Waitangi Day, commemorates the signing of 6 of February 1849, the country’s founding document. The treaty between the Maori people and the British Crown recognized the Maori ownership of the land, granted the Maori people the rights of the British subjects and established a British Governor of New Zealand.

Waiting Day is a celebration of the Maori culture:

Anzac Day
Initially dedicated to the Australian and New Zealander armed forces who participated in the Battle of Galipoli against the Ottoman Empire between April 1915 and January 1916, the Anzac Day (short from Australia and Nez Zealand Army Corps) with time become the celebration of all Australians and New Zealanders who fought and died in armed combats.

The Anzac Day is a public holiday held on 25 April, or the next Monday, should the date fall on a weekend. Military parades and fests are held throughout the country and especially near war memorials.

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