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How to make the most of your annual leave for maximum holiday time

How to make the most of your annual leave for maximum holiday time

If, like many of us, you love nothing more than a lazy long weekend or a quick getaway to soothe the soul, help is at hand.

How to make the most of your annual leave for maximum holiday time

Because for those who are reliant on full-time employment, multiple holidays a year can seem like nothing but a distant dream.

While your annual leave allowance may on paper appear to be a limiting factor when it comes to long stints of time off, if you play your cards right you can turn 12 days of leave into an entire month of holidays.

Christmas 2019

Yet to book time off over the festive period? Requesting just four days of annual leave on the other side of Christmas equals a whopping 12 days off in a row. Asking for December 27th, 30th, 31st and then January the 3rd means that you can enjoy almost a fortnight of free time to soak up festive merriment a-plenty.

Australia Day

Australia Day falls on a Sunday this year, which means that Aussies get Monday the 27th off. Take annual leave on either Friday 24th or Tuesday 28th to make the most of the long weekend.

Waitangi celebrations

If you live in New Zealand, you may already know that 2020’s Waitangi Day falls on a Thursday. This means that by taking Friday 7th February off, you can carry the celebrations on for a further three days.


Want to make the most of the sunnier climes before winter kicks in? With public holidays on both Good Friday and Easter Monday, booking Tuesday 14th – Friday 17th April off means you can enjoy a mammoth ten-day break with just four days of annual leave.

Anzac Day

In 2020 Anzac Day falls on a Saturday, which means that most of Australia will miss out on a day off. However, those based in Western Australia will get Monday the 27th off – so for a four-day weekend, take Friday 24th off too.

Queen’s Birthday

In 2020 the Queen’s Birthday holiday falls on June 8th, so scheduling leave on either Friday 5th or Tuesday 9th will give you a nice long four-day weekend.

Labour Day

Labour Day in 2020 falls on 26th October, so be quick to book off the previous Friday or following Tuesday to revel in what will be the last long weekend of the year.


Regional holidays NZ:

Auckland – Monday, January 27

Buller – Monday, February 3

Canterbury – Friday, November 13

Canterbury South – Monday, September 28

Chatham Islands – Monday, November 30

Hawke’s Bay – Friday, October 23

Marlborough – Monday, November 2

Nelson – Monday, February 3

Northland – Monday, January 27

Otago – Monday, March 23

Southland – Tuesday, April 14

Taranaki – Monday, March 9

Wellington – Monday, January 20

Westland – Monday, November 3

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