School terms and holidays for state and integrated schools and kura

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

2017 school terms and holidays

 Start dateEnd dateHolidays
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 and Anzac Day)
Friday 14 April – Sunday 30 April

Term 2 - 10 weeks

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)*

Secondary and composite:
No later than Thursday 14 December
(86 half days)**

Public holidays: Labour Day 23 October, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day

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.

 2018 school terms and holidays

 Start dateEnd date Holidays    

Term 1 - 11 weeks 

Between Monday 29 January
(at the earliest);
and Wednesday 7 February (at the latest)
Friday 13 April
(90 -102 half days)

Public holidays: Waitangi Day 6 February, 

Easter: Good Friday 30 March, Easter Monday 2 April
and Easter Tuesday 3 April (a school holiday) 

School holiday: Saturday 14 April - Sunday 29 April (includes ANZAC day 25 April).

Term 2 - 10 weeks

Monday 30 April Friday 6 July
(98 half days)

Public holiday: Queen’s Birthday 4 June

School holiday: Saturday 7 July – Sunday 22 July

Term 3 - 10 weeks

Monday 23 July Friday 28 September
(100 half days)
School holidays: Saturday 29 September – Sunday 14 October

Term 4 - up to 10 weeks

Monday 15 October

Primary, intermediate and special schools:
No later than Thursday 20 December
(96 half days)*

Secondary and composite:
No later than Tuesday 18 December
(92 half days)**

Public holidays: Labour Day 22 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 2018.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2018.

2018 mid term dates for schools implementing cohort entry 

TermStart of term dateMid term date*End of term

1

07/02/2018**

20/03/2018

13/04/2018

2

30/04/2018

11/06/2018

6/07/2018

3

23/07/2018

03/09/2018

28/09/2018

4

15/10/2018

12/12/2018

20/12/2018

*This date is the mid-point between the start of term and the start of the next term. If a child’s birthday falls before the mid term date, then they can start school at the beginning of that term or at the start of any later term until their 6th birthday. If their birthday falls on or after the mid term date then they can start school at the beginning of the following term or at the start of any later term until their 6th birthday.

**The date used for the first term is the latest possible term start date. Even if your school uses an earlier start date than the day after Waitangi Day, or finishes before the latest possible end date for Term 4, the proposed mid-term dates will apply for the purposes of a cohort entry policy. 

2019 school terms and holidays

 Start dateEnd date Holidays    

Term 1 - 11 weeks

Between Monday 28 January
(at the earliest);
and Thursday 7 February (at the latest)
Friday 12 April (94-108 half days)

Public holidays: Waitangi Day 6 February.

School holiday: Saturday 13 April - Sunday 28 April (includes Easter and Easter Tuesday and ANZAC day).

Term 2 - 10 weeks

Monday 29 April Friday 5 July (98 half days)

Public holiday: Queen’s Birthday 3 June

School holiday: Saturday 6 July – Sunday 21 July

Term 3 - 10 weeks

Monday 22 July Friday 27 September (100 half days) School holidays: Saturday 28 September – Sunday 13 October

Term 4 - up to 10 weeks

Monday 14 October

Primary, intermediate and special schools:
No later than Friday 20 December (98 half days)*

Secondary and composite:
No later than Friday 13 December (94 half days)**

Public holidays: Labour Day 28 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 390 half days in 2019. 
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half days in 2019.

2019 mid term dates for schools implementing cohort entry 

TermStart of term dateMid term date*End of term

1

7/02/2019**

20/03/2019

14/04/2019

2

29/04/2019

10/06/2019

5/07/2019

3

22/07/2019

02/09/2019

27/09/2019

4

14/10/2019

11/12/2019

20/12/2019

*This date is the mid-point between the start of term and the start of the next term. If a child’s birthday falls before the mid term date, then they can start school at the beginning of that term or at the start of any later term until their 6th birthday. If their birthday falls on or after the mid term date then they can start school at the beginning of the following term or at the start of any later term until their 6th birthday.

**The date used for the first term is the latest possible term start date. Even if your school uses an earlier start date than the day after Waitangi Day, or finishes before the latest possible end date for Term 4, the proposed mid-term dates will apply for the purposes of a cohort entry policy. 

2020 school terms and holidays

 Start dateEnd date Holidays    

Term 1 - 11 weeks

Between Monday 27 January
(at the earliest);
and Friday 7 February (at the latest)
Thursday 9 April (90-106 half days)

Public holidays: Waitangi Day.

School holiday: Saturday 11 April - Sunday 26 April (includes Easter, Easter Tuesday and ANZAC day).

Term 2 - 10 weeks

Tuesday 28  April Friday 3 July (96 half days)

Public holiday: Queen’s Birthday 

School holiday: Saturday 4 July – Sunday 19 July

Term 3 - 10 weeks

Monday 20 July Friday 25 September (100 half days) School holidays: Saturday 26 September – Sunday 11 October

Term 4 - up to 10 weeks

Monday 12 October

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

2020 mid term dates for schools implementing cohort entry 

TermStart of term dateMid term date*End of term

1

7/02/2020**

19/03/2020

09/04/2020

2

28/04/2020

09/06/2020

03/07/2020

3

20/07/2020

31/08/2020

25/09/2020

4

12/10/2020

11/12/2020***

18/12/2020

*This date is the mid-point between the start of term and the start of the next term. If a child’s birthday falls before the mid term date, then they can start school at the beginning of that term or at the start of any later term until their 6th birthday. If their birthday falls on or after the mid term date then they can start school at the beginning of the following term or at the start of any later term until their 6th birthday.

**The date used for the first term is the latest possible term start date. Even if your school uses an earlier start date than the day after Waitangi Day, or finishes before the latest possible end date for Term 4, the proposed mid-term dates will apply for the purposes of a cohort entry policy. 

*** This is an indicative date that will be confirmed when the terms and holidays are set for 2021 and beyond.

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