School terms and holidays archive

Previous school term and holiday information for state and state-integrated primary, intermediate, secondary and composite schools from 1986 to 2019.

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From 2019 to 2010

2019 school terms and holidays

 Start dateEnd dateHolidays
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: 5–6 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.

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: 5–6 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.

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.

2016 school terms and holidays

 Start dateEnd 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,
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: 5–6 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.

2015 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 26 January (earliest); and 5 February (latest) to 2 April Term 1: between 26 January (earliest); and 5 February (latest) to 2 April
Term 2: 20 April to 3 July Term 2: 20 April to 3 July
Term 3: 20 July to 25 September Term 3: 20 July to 25 September
Term 4: 12 October to no later than Friday 18 December* Term 4: 12 October to Wednesday 16**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 384 half-days in 2015.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2015.

2014 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 27 January (earliest); and 7 February (latest) to 17 April Term 1: between 27 January (earliest); and 7 February (latest) to 17 April
Term 2: 5 May to 4 July Term 2: 5 May to 4 July
Term 3: 21 July to 26 September Term 3: 21 July to 26 September
Term 4: 13 October to no later than Friday 19 December* Term 4: 13 October to Tuesday 16 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 386 half-days in 2014.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2014.

2013 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 28 January (earliest) and 7 February (latest) to 19 April Term 1: between 28 January (earliest) and 7 February (latest) to 19 April
Term 2: 6 May to 12 July Term 2: 6 May to 12 July
Term 3: 29 July to 27 September Term 3: 29 July to 27 September
Term 4: 14 October to no later than 20 December* Term 4: 14 October to 18 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 384 half-days in 2013.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2013.

2012 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 30 January (earliest) and 7 February (latest) to 5 April Term 1: between 30 January (earliest) and 7 February (latest) to 5 April
Term 2: 23 April to 29 June Term 2: 23 April to 29 June
Term 3: 16 July to 28 September Term 3: 16 July to 28 September
Term 4: 15 October to no later than 20 December* Term 4: 15 October to 14 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 388 half-days in 2012.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2012.

2011 term dates

Differences for 2011

  • The usual length of each school term was adjusted for 2011. Terms 1 and 2 were slightly longer than usual, and term 4 was two weeks shorter. This adjustment was made to align the October term holiday with the final stages of the Rugby World Cup 2011 tournament.
  • The earliest start date for 2011 was amended. The earliest date schools could open in 2011 was Monday 31 January (rather than Tuesday 1 February as had been previously).
Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 31 January (earliest) and 7 February (latest) to 15 April Term 1: between 31 January (earliest) and 7 February (latest) to 15 April
Term 2: 2 May to 15 July Term 2: 2 May to 15 July
Term 3: 1 August to 7 October Term 3: 1 August to 7 October
Term 4: 25 October to no later than 20 December* Term 4: 25 October to no later than 13 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 390 half-days in 2011.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2011.

2010 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 2 February (earliest) and 5 February (latest) to 1 April Term 1: 2 February (earliest) and 5 February (latest) to 1 April
Term 2: 19 April to 2 July Term 2: 19 April to 2 July
Term 3: 19 July to 24 September Term 3: 19 July to 24 September
Term 4: 11 October to 20 December* Term 4: 11 October to 14 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 388 half-days in 2010.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2010.

From 2009 to 2000

2009 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 27 January (earliest) and 5 February to 9 April Term 1: between 27 January (earliest) and 5 February to 9 April
Term 2: 27 April to 3 July Term 2: 27 April to 3 July
Term 3: 20 July to 25 September Term 3: 20 July to 25 September
Term 4: 12 October to 18 December* Term 4: 12 October to 15 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 386 half-days in 2009.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2009.

2008 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: between 29 January (earliest) and 7 February to 18 April Term 1: between 29 January (earliest) and 7 February to 18 April
Term 2: 5 May to 4 July Term 2: 5 May to 4 July
Term 3: 21 July to 26 September Term 3: 21 July to 26 September
Term 4: 13 October to 19 December* Term 4: 13 October to 17 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 384 half-days in 2008.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2008.

2007 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 7 February to 5 April Term 1: 7 February to 5 April
Term 2: 23 April to 29 June Term 2: 23 April to 29 June
Term 3: 16 July to 21 September Term 3: 16 July to 21 September
Term 4: 8 October to 18 December* Term 4: 8 October to 14 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 392 half-days in 2007.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2007.

2006 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 7 February to 13 April Term 1: 7 February to 13 April
Term 2: 26 April to 30 June Term 2: 26 April to 30 June
Term 3: 17 July to 22 September Term 3: 17 July to 22 September
Term 4: 9 October to 20 December* Term 4: 9 October to 14 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 2006.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2006.

2005 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 31 January to 15 April Term 1: 31 January to 15 April
Term 2: 2 May to 8 July Term 2: 2 May to 8 July
Term 3: 25 July to 23 September Term 3: 25 July to 23 September
Term 4: 10 October to 20 December* Term 4: 10 October to 9 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 2005.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2005.

2004 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 27 January to 8 April Term 1: 27 January to 8 April
Term 2: 26 April to 2 July Term 2: 26 April to 2 July
Term 3: 19 July to 17 September Term 3: 19 July to 17 September
Term 4: 4 October to 14 December* Term 4: 4 October to 3 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 2004.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2004.

2003 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 29 January to 11 April Term 1: 29 January to 11 April
Term 2: 28 April to 4 July Term 2: 28 April to 4 July
Term 3: 21 July to 19 September Term 3: 21 July to 19 September
Term 4: 6 October to 16 December* Term 4: 6 October to 5 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 2003.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2003.

2002 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 30 January to 28 March Term 1: 28 January to 28 March
Term 2: 15 April to 28 June Term 2: 15 April to 28 June
Term 3: 15 July to 20 September Term 3: 15 July to 20 September
Term 4: 7 October to 19 December* Term 4: 7 October to 6 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 2002.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2002.

2001 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 30 January to 6 April Term 1: 1 February to 6 April
Term 2: 23 April to 29 June Term 2: 23 April to 29 June
Term 3: 16 July to 21 September Term 3: 16 July to 21 September
Term 4: 8 October to 18 December* Term 4: 8 October to 11 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 2001.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 2001.

2000 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 26 January to 7 April Term 1: 1 February to 7 April
Term 2: 26 April to 30 June Term 2: 26 April to 30 June
Term 3: 17 July to 22 September Term 3: 17 July to 22 September
Term 4: 9 October to 13 December* Term 4: 9 October to 8 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 2000.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days or 2000.

From 1999 to 1990

1999 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 27 January to 1 April Term 1: 2 February to 1 April
Term 2: 19 April to 25 June Term 2: 19 April to 25 June
Term 3: 12 July to 17 September Term 3: 12 July to 17 September
Term 4: 4 October to 14 December* Term 4: 4 October to 9 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 1999.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 1999

1998 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 28 January to 9 April Term 1: 3 February to 9 April
Term 2: 27 April to 3 July Term 2: 27 April to 3 July
Term 3: 20 July to 25 September Term 3: 20 July to 25 September
Term 4: 12 October to 16 December* Term 4: 12 October to 11 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 1998.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 1998.

1997 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 27 January to 11 April Term 1: 27 January to 11 April
Term 2: 28 April to 4 July Term 2: 28 April to 4 July
Term 3: 21 July to 26 September Term 3: 21 July to 26 September
Term 4: 13 October to 17 December* Term 4: 13 October to 8 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 1997.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 1997.

1996 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 29 January to 29 March Are the same for the first two terms but could choose to follow the primary term dates and finish on 5 December, or have a 3 week September break, in which case:
Term 2: 15 April to 28 July
Term 3: 15 July to 13 September Term 3: 15 July to 13 September or 15 July to 6 September
Term 4: 30 Sept to 16 December* Term 4: 30 September to 5 December or 30 September to 12 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 1996.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 1996.

1995 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 30 January to 5 May Term 1: 30 January to 5 May
Term 2: 22 May to 25 August Term 2: 22 May to 18 August
Term 3: 11 September to 14 December* Term 3: 11 September to 12 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 1995.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 1995.

1994 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 31 January to 6 May Term 1: 31 January to 6 May
Term 2: 23 May to 26 August Term 2: 23 May to 19 August or 30 May to 19 August
Term 3: 12 September to 14 December* Term 3: 12 September to 12 December or 5 September to 5 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 1994.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 1994.

1993 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 1 February to 7 May Term 1: 1 February to 7 May
Term 2: 24 May to 27 August or 31 May to 20 August Term 2: 24 May to 20 August
Term 3: 13 September to 15 December* Term 3: 13 September to 10 December or 6 September to 10 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 396 half-days in 1993.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 1993.

1992 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 3 February to 8 May Term 1: 4 February to 8 May
Term 2: 25 May to 28 August Term 2: 25 May to 21 August or 2 June to 21 August
Term 3: 14 September to 18 December* Term 3: 14 September to 11 December*

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 396 half-days in 1992.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 1992.

1991 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 28 January to 10 May Term 1: 29 January to 9 May
Term 2: 27 May to 30 August Term 2: 27 May to 17 August
Term 3: 16 September to 13 December* Term 3: 16 September to 6 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 1991.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 1991.

1990 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 29 January to 4 May Term 1: 30 January to 4 May
Term 2: 21 May to 24 August Term 2: 21 May to 17 August
Term 3: 10 September to 14 December* Term 3: 10 September to 7 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 1990.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 1990.

From 1989 to 1986

1989 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 30 January to 5 May Term 1: 31 January to 5 May
Term 2: 22 May to 25 August Term 2: 22 May to 18 August
Term 3: 11 September to 15 December* Term 3: 11 September to 8 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 394 half-days in 1989.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 1989.

1988 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 1 February to 6 May Term 1: 2 February to 6 May
Term 2: 23 May to 26 August Term 2: 23 May to 19 August
Term 3: 12 September to 16 December* Term 3: 12 September to 9 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 396 half-days in 1988.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 1988.

1987 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 2 February to 8 May Term 1: 3 February to 8 May
Term 2: 25 May to 28 August Term 2: 25 May to 21 August
Term 3: 14 September to 18 December* Term 3: 14 September to 11 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 396 half-days in 1987.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 1987.

1986 term dates

Primary and intermediateSecondary and composite
Term 1: 4 February to 9 May Term 1: 4 February to 9 May
Term 2: 26 May to 22 August Term 2: 26 May to 22 August
Term 3: 8 September to19 December* Term 3: 15 September to 12 December**

* Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 400 half-days in 1986.
** Or to a day in December which ensures that the school has been open for instruction for 380 half-days in 1986.

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