How to turn 16 days of annual leave into 48 days off in 2021

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Every year we find the best ways to hack your annual leave. After this year - you fricken deserve it fam!

In 2021, 10 public holidays will be "Mondayised" into long weekends. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to maximise your annual leave.

For just 16 days of annual leave, you can take advantage of a massive 48 days out of the office! How good.

New Year 2021

Turn four days of leave into 10 days off.

New Year's Day falls on a Friday, which gives you a four-day weekend. Why not stretch this out into a 10-day break: get in quick to book off January 6-9 fam.

Waitangi Day

Turn one day of leave into 4 days off.

Feb 6 falls on a Saturday this year, meaning Waitangi Day gives us an additional long weekend. You could use one more day of leave to turn the weekend into four days.

But wait, there's more! If you live in Auckland or Nelson you'll get a bonus day off due to the regional anniversary days, on Monday Feb 1. Lucky for some.


Turn four days of leave into 10 days off.

Easter weekend spanning from Good Friday, April 2 to Easter Monday is a great time of the year to spend up your leave. Why not take the week off from April 6-9 to make it a 10-day break.

If you live in Southland, Easter weekend aligns with Southland Anniversary on Tuesday, April 6, so you'd only have to use 3 days of leave instead.

Anzac Day

Turn one day of leave into four days off.

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

There aren't many public holidays between now and June. So why not take an extra day off on Friday, April 23 to make the most of the weekend.

Queen's Birthday Weekend

Turn one day of leave into four days off.

Queen's Birthday is being observed on Monday, June 7. The last public holiday for a wee while - so why not make the most of it? Take a four-day weekend from Friday, June 4 to treat yourself.

Labour Day

Turn one day of leave into four days off.

It's been a while, so why not take October 22 off ahead of Labour Day Monday to turn this sucker into another four-day weekend.

Some regions also have the opportunity to turn the long weekend into a 10-day break. Marlborough gets November 1 off and Hawke's Bay has October 22. Bonus!

Christmas and New Year

Turn four days of leave into 12 days off.

Book Christmas Eve off for an extra long Christmas weekend. Then book the three days after that before New Year and New Year's Eve, from December 29-31.

So there you have it - you're welcome fam. Get amongst, book early and make the most of your leave next year!