We’ve listed the major School holidays in New Zealand and term dates to help your family pre-plan short trips and weekend getaways. For every term, explore different regional locations in New Zealand. Make sure you book your stay at ChoiceHotels.com to get the best value.
NZ TERM 1
|School Term Dates||11 Weeks|
|Start: Between 1st – 9th February 2021||End: 16th April 2021|
|Autumn School Holidays||2 Weeks|
|Start: 17th April 2021||End: 2nd May 2021|
Autumn School Holiday Ideas
North Island Road Trip: We may only be a quarter of the way through the year, but if you’re itching to get on the road after a long first term why not travel the North Island? Spend five days on the road with the family from Wellington to Taupo, visiting family-friendly destinations along the way. Kids will love visiting the Waitomo Glow Worm caves, the National Aquarium of New Zealand and Skyline gondola ride.
Invercargill: If you’d prefer to head south, Invercargill is the place to be. You won’t be disappointed by the picturesque streets and exciting activities for the family to enjoy. Marvel at the variety of gardens at Queens Park, showcasing exquisite colours for Autumn visitors. Then take a ferry to Stewart Island at night for a rare glimpse of the famous Southern Lights, which you’re most likely to see between March and September. If you or your kids love cars, don’t miss Transport World, one of the world’s largest private automotive museums with 300 classic vehicles and engaging exhibits!
NZ TERM 2
|School Term Dates||9 Weeks|
|Start: 3rd May 2021||End: 9th July 2021|
|Winter School Holidays||2 Weeks|
|Start: 10th July 2021||End: 25th July 2021|
Winter School Holiday Ideas
Wellington: As New Zealand cools down, what better time to explore the city. Head to Wellington for fun, creative learning activities for the whole family. Make your way through our Top 10 Wellington Must Dos, such as riding the historic cable car and learning about our universe at Carter Observatory.
Palmerston North: Explore another one of New Zealand’s understated yet gorgeous North Island towns this Winter. Palmerston North offers all the delights of a country town with a side of adventure. Take a bike ride through the ancient bush of the Manawatu River and visit the six-meter sculptor of the Maori warrior on the Manawatu Gorge Loop Walk, while sports buffs can discover the world’s first rugby museum and immerse themselves in the history of rugby in New Zealand.
NZ TERM 3
|School Term Dates||10 Weeks|
|Start: 26th July 2021||End: 1st October 2021|
|Spring School Holidays||2 Weeks|
|Start: 2nd October 2021||End: 17th October 2021|
Spring School Holiday Ideas
Nelson: The small city at the top of South Island, Nelson is also known as New Zealand’s creative arts capital. And Spring is a perfect time to visit, with Nelson Arts Festival running for two weeks during October each year. Bring the family for a weekend of great food, live music and performing arts. Then explore in and out of the city to see Nelson’s historic landmarks, artistic buildings and beautiful landscapes. If you’re an adventure-seeker, don’t miss the world’s longest flying fox at Happy Valley Adventures!
Hobbiton: Are you or your kids Lord of the Rings fans? If you haven’t been before, or even if you have, visiting the iconic Hobbiton set in Waikato is sure to make for an unforgettable school holiday activity for the whole family. Take a tour and visit the famous Bag End, surrounded by the beautiful landscape which comes to life in Spring. Don’t forget to stop by the Green Dragon Inn for a mouth-watering Hobbit feast before you leave the shire.
NZ TERM 4
|School Term Dates||9 Weeks|
|Start: 18th October 2021||End: No later than 20th December 2021|
|Summer School Holidays||7 Weeks|
|Start: No later than 21st December 2021||End: Between 31st January – 8th February 2022|
Summer School Holiday Ideas
Christchurch: December is the perfect time to take a trip to Christchurch. With fantastic Summer weather, visitors can make the most of outdoor experiences such as the Christchurch Gondola and the heritage Tram Tour. Spend a day in the sun at Sumner Beach or New Brighton Pier, then dine outdoors at one of Christchurch’s trendy eateries. Planning to stay in Christchurch for an extended break? Take a day trip to Hanmer Springs natural hot pools, or the exquisitely beautiful Lake Tekapo.
Auckland: If you’re in need of a long (or short) Summer getaway in the new year, look no further than Auckland for never-ending activities and fun for the family. Picnic at Auckland Zoo in the company of 135 different animal species, and tour the galaxies at Stardome Observatory. Thrill-seekers will have endless opportunities for adventure, such as jetboating on the city’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour and the daring Sky Jump experience. Don’t forget to find a spot on the waterfront to watch a spectacular New Years fireworks show above Sky Tower.
Source: New Zealand Government