How to turn 16 days' leave into 48 days off in 2021!

Every year we find ways to make the most out of our annual leave, and after the year we've had- you deserve it!

However, there's a way to take control of your calendar in 2021. With five out of 10 public holidays "Mondayised" into long weekends, savvy Kiwis can get a lot of holiday in exchange for a bit of leave and forward planning.

In exchange for 16 days annual leave, you can reap a massive 48 days out of office!

New Year 2021

Take four days of leave, get 10 days off

Beach-lovers will already know that New Year's Day falls on a Friday, lending itself to a four-day weekend. The next year is already starting off on the right foot. However, don't miss the opportunity to stretch this out into a 10-day break: book off January 6-9 while there's still time.

Waitangi Day

Take one day of leave, get 4 days off

February 6 is a Saturday this year, meaning Waitangi Day gives us an additional long weekend. Why not take the opportunity to use an additional day's leave to lengthen the weekend to four days, and push your travel plans a little further afield.

But wait! There's bonus day off for Auckland and Nelson regional anniversary days, on Monday, February 1. Jafas and those in Nelson should consider taking the rest of the week off to reap an impressive 10 days off for just four days of leave.

Easter

Take four days of leave, get 10 days off

The four-day Easter weekend spanning from Good Friday, April 2 to Easter Monday is a predictable favourite for spending leave. Taking the week off from April 6-9 is an easy win and a 10-day break.

However, Southlanders are in luck. Easter weekend aligns with Southland Anniversary day on Tuesday, April 6, meaning you can get 10 days off for a paltry three days of leave.

Anzac Day

Take one day of leave, get four days off

The Monday closest to Anzac Day is traditionally a public holiday. This year that falls on April 26.

For the more ambitious planner, you may have noticed how there's very little public holiday between now and June. Take an extra day off on Friday, April 23 and make the most of the crisp autumn weekend.

Queen's Birthday Weekend

Take one day of leave, get four days off

The Queen's Birthday is being observed on Monday, June 7. A last hurrah before a big drought in public holidays, you'll want to make this one count. Why not take a four-day weekend from June 4 and pull out the stops for HM?

Labour Day

Take one day of leave, get four days off

Spring is on the horizon and, after a long holiday-free winter, you'll be in need of a decent break, so take October 22 off ahead of the Labour Day Monday to get a precious four-day weekend.

A couple of regional anniversary days give the opportunity to turn the long weekend into a 10-day break. Marlborough gets November 1 off, so consider taking the four days off after the long weekend. Hawke's Bay has October 22 off, so why not lead into the long weekend with four days extra leave from October 18?

Christmas and New Year

Take four days of leave, get 12 days off

Although it felt like Christmas 2020 might never arrive, next year will be upon us quicker than you think.

Take the opportunity to book Christmas Eve off for a long Christmas weekend. Then – if you have any leave left – it might be worth saving three days to take off the "in-betwixt-mas" period. As New Year and New Year's Eve gives us the Monday and Tuesday off already, get your leave in for December 29-31 to make up a festive 12-day block in exchange for four days booked holiday.

And don't worry if the stars didn't align for you this year – from 2022 there will be a newly created public holiday. After a successful petition, Matariki in June will become the first new public holiday in 50 years.