Day after New Year's Day in New Zealand

Many New Zealanders have the day off on January 2, also known as the Day after New Year’s Day. It is taken together with the New Year’s Day public holiday, held on January 1.

Relaxing summer fun at Hagley Park, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Relaxing summer fun at Hagley Park, Christchurch, New Zealand.
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What Do People Do?

Many people take the time out to relax and unwind during the two days off – January 1 and 2 – before returning to work. It’s also a popular time to take annual vacation because of the school summer holidays, which happen in January in New Zealand. Some people go on camping trips or trips to the beach while others prefer to stay home.

Public Life

The Day after New Year’s Day is a statutory public holiday in New Zealand, so schools, government offices, and many private businesses are closed. New Year’s Day is also in the middle of the school summer holidays in New Zealand.

Background

When settlers started coming to New Zealand from Britain and other parts of Europe during the mid-1800s, they had to adjust to observing Christmas and New Year’s Day in the middle of summer, rather than the winters they were used to. Many of them brought over their own traditions, including how they celebrate New Year’s Day. For example, Scottish immigrants would celebrate New Year’s Day the same way they did back in Scotland. The men would wear kilts and play the bagpipe during the New Year’s festivities.

Day after New Year's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
MonJan 42010Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
TueJan 42011Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
TueJan 32012Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
WedJan 22013Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
ThuJan 22014Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
FriJan 22015Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
MonJan 42016Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
TueJan 32017Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
TueJan 22018Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
WedJan 22019Day after New Year's DayNational holiday
ThuJan 22020Day after New Year's DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

January 2 is a public holiday known as the Day after New Year’s Day in New Zealand

Day after New Year's Day 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

Day after New Year's Day 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Name in other languages

NameLanguage
Day after New Year's DayEnglish
Tag nach NeujahrGerman

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World Holiday on January 4, 2016

Fun Holiday on January 4, 2016

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