Education in New Zealand - Terms

General commencement dates

Secondary schools run on four ten-week terms, starting in February and ending in mid-December. There are two-week holiday breaks in April, July and September. Normally, classes are held Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 3.15pm with an hour of lunch break.

The New Zealand university calendar begins in late February or early March and includes the orientation week and ends in October. International students should note that each university has its own timetable. Classes are normally held from Monday to Friday.

Technical institutes and polytechnics have two semesters, February to June and July to November. Language classes run all-year round and may have no fixed duration. Classes normally run from Monday to Friday.

Daylight savings
Daylight savings start on the first Sunday of October in every calendar year and ends on the third Sunday of March when clocks are wound back one hour.

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