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New Year's Day in New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the first countries to observe the New Year, on January 1. New Year’s Day and the Day after the New Year are public holidays throughout the country.

A special New Year's message at a beach. The New Year falls in the summer in New Zealand.
A special New Year's message at a beach. The New Year falls in the summer in New Zealand.

What do people do?

Due to its geographical position close to the International Date Line, New Zealand is one of the first countries in the world to welcome the New Year. Many people use New Year’s Day to relax after celebrating New Year’s Eve and the countdown to the New Year. Some people visit family and friends, while others attend events such as New Year’s Day horse racing carnivals and summer day fairs. Cricket is a sporting event that many New Zealanders watch during the New Year’s Day holiday.

Public life

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.


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.

About New Year's Day in other countries

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New Year's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
FriJan 12010New Year's DayNational holiday
SatJan 12011New Year's DayNational holiday
SunJan 12012New Year's DayNational holiday
TueJan 12013New Year's DayNational holiday
WedJan 12014New Year's DayNational holiday
ThuJan 12015New Year's DayNational holiday
FriJan 12016New Year's DayNational holiday
SunJan 12017New Year's DayNational holiday
MonJan 12018New Year's DayNational holiday
TueJan 12019New Year's DayNational holiday
WedJan 12020New Year's DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

New Year’s Day is a public holiday in New Zealand on January 1 each year.

New Year's Day 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year's Day 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016


Name in other languages

New Year's DayEnglish

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in January 2016 in New Zealand

Fun Holiday on January 1, 2016

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