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New Zealand has 11 national holidays and one provincial anniversary in 2023. One public holiday falls on the weekend and is observed the following weekday.
New Year's Day
New Year Holiday, celebrated on January 1, 2023, is the first day of the year on the modern Gregorian calendar, and it is one of the most popular holidays in the world.
Waitangi Day, observed on February 6, 2023, celebrates the initial signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on February 6, 1840. The treaty was considered the founding document of the nation.
Good Friday is a Christian holiday celebrating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is observed on Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday, April 7, 2023.
Easter Monday is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, and it is the Monday after Easter Sunday. It is observed on April 10, 2023.
The acronym ANZAC stands for "Australian and New Zealand Army Corps"; the soldiers were known as Anzacs. ANZAC Day is one of the most important national occasions in Australia and New Zealand, and it commemorates all those who served and died in wars and peacekeeping operations. The holiday is observed on Apr 25, 2023.
King's Birthday, observed on June 5, 2023, was celebrated as Queen's Birthday before 2023 to celebrate the monarch's birthday. The holiday is an important recognition of the new monarch, King Charles III, who became the King of the United Kingdom and the 14 other Commonwealth realms following the death of his mother, Elizabeth II, on September 8, 2022.
Matariki, also known as Maori new year, is a public holiday in New Zealand, observed on July 14, 2023. In the Maori language, Matariki is the name of the Pleiades star cluster, which rises mid-winter and marks the start of the Maori new year.
Labour Day is observed on October 23, 2023, and it celebrates the achievements of workers. The holiday originates in the eight-hour day movement, which is eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25, 2023, and commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Christmas Day is a holiday of sharing. People exchange Christmas gifts and cards with families and friends.
Boxing Day is also known as St. Stephen's Day and is widely known as a shopping holiday in some countries. It falls on December 26, 2023.
The following is the list of public holidays in New Zealand in 2023.
|New Year's Day||Jan 01, 2023||Sunday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Holiday||Jan 02, 2023||Monday||Public Holiday|
|New Year's Holiday||Jan 03, 2023||Tuesday||Observed|
|Wellington Anniversary Day||Jan 23, 2023||Monday||Regional Holiday|
|Auckland Anniversary Day||Jan 30, 2023||Monday||Regional Holiday|
|Nelson Anniversary Day||Jan 30, 2023||Monday||Regional Holiday|
|Northland Anniversary Day||Jan 30, 2023||Monday||Regional Holiday|
|Waitangi Day||Feb 06, 2023||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Taranaki Anniversary Day||Mar 13, 2023||Monday||Regional Holiday|
|Otago Anniversary Day||Mar 20, 2023||Monday||Regional Holiday|
|Good Friday||Apr 07, 2023||Friday||Public Holiday|
|Easter Monday||Apr 10, 2023||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Southland Anniversary Day||Apr 11, 2023||Tuesday||Regional Holiday|
|ANZAC Day||Apr 25, 2023||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
|King's Birthday||Jun 05, 2023||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Matariki||Jul 14, 2023||Friday||Public Holiday|
|South Canterbury Anniversary Day||Sep 25, 2023||Monday||Regional Holiday|
|Hawke's Bay Anniversary Day||Oct 20, 2023||Friday||Regional Holiday|
|Labour Day||Oct 23, 2023||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Marlborough Anniversary Day||Oct 30, 2023||Monday||Regional Holiday|
|Canterbury Anniversary Day||Nov 17, 2023||Friday||Regional Holiday|
|Chatham Islands Anniversary Day||Nov 27, 2023||Monday||Regional Holiday|
|Westland Anniversary Day||Dec 04, 2023||Monday||Regional Holiday|
|Christmas Day||Dec 25, 2023||Monday||Public Holiday|
|Boxing Day||Dec 26, 2023||Tuesday||Public Holiday|
Please also check the working days in New Zealand in 2023.