24 January, 2021
Last updated on 19 July, 2022
Posted by Spaceships Crew
Let's be honest for a moment, 2020 sucked! For many people, this year's annual leave has been stocked up for future use or just used on living room staycations. Fortunately, Kiwi's have got more opportunities to see the world in 2021, starting with our own backyard! If you are reading this and thinking "I don't have much holiday leave left to take".... then keep reading my friend, I got ya back because what I am about to tell you is a classified genius travel hack. This is how to get more days off work.
Combine annual leave with public holidays!
The best start of a new year is to sit down with a cup of tea (or something stronger) and to check your brand new calendar. See what nice surprises the new year will bring and how to use public holidays to get more days off.
How? Easy. Any public holiday that is attached to calendar dates but falls on a weekend day that year, will be moved to Monday or sometimes Tuesday. This means that the day they are celebrated on moves to the days of the week aka a working day. You'll get a nice long weekend off when that happens, but if you take annual leave the other days of the week you'll have even longer off. And it won't take lots of annual leave. Check out these examples.
Get more days off in February 2021
Friday 5 February 2021: take annual leave
Saturday 6 February 2021 is Waitangi Day and a weekend day
Sunday 7 February 2021 is a normal weekend day
Monday 8 February 2021 is the catch-up day for Waitangi Day aka a public holiday
That's 4 days off work and it only costs you 1 day of annual leave.
And 4 days off work is more than enough for a lovely road trip. A Spaceships campervan is a great way to see a lot while it won't cost you a lot. Our campervans come with all sleeping & cooking gear included, so it's your transport and accommodation rolled into one. No need to pay for expensive hotels or motels, just spend the night at amazing campsites like the ones that the Department of Conservation provide.
We even have a free app for you so you'll know where to find these free & budget campsites in New Zealand. A short hire of 3 to 5 days will give you plenty of time to see and do something new.
How to get more time off this Easter
This is the big one in 2021. This nice travel hack will get you a 10-day break but you'll only use 4 annual leave days. Boom! That will definitely put a smile on your face. Lots of extra days off work.
Friday 2 April 2021 is Good Friday, a public holiday
Saturday 3 April 2021 is a normal weekend day
Sunday 4 April 2021 is Easter Sunday, a public holiday on a Sunday
Monday 5 April 2021 is Easter Monday, a public holiday
Tuesday 6 April 2021 take annual leave
Wednesday 7 April 2021 take annual leave
Thursday 8 April 2021 take annual leave
Friday 9 April 2021 take annual leave
Saturday 10 April 2021 is a normal weekend day
Sunday 11 April 2021 is a normal weekend day
That's 10 days of work and it would only cost you 4 annual leave days. How awesome is that? On a 10-day road trip, you can do & see even more. Worried about booking in advance? No worries. Our advanced booking system will always give you the lowest possible price and booking in advance is always cheaper than booking last-minute. You can always change your travel dates free of charge before the day of pick-up (subject to availability) and you won't lose your deposit in case you need to cancel due to government regulations or COVID closures. That's part of the Spaceships promises.
And it's free to add additional drivers to your Spaceships booking, so you can travel with mates and let someone else do the driving as well.
Need some space or time off work? Then it's time for a road trip!
Get more days off work on ANZAC Day
Around ANZAC Day there's the option to take 9 days of work at the price of just 4 annual leave days. So that's another long break in April this year.
Saturday 24 April 2021 is a normal weekend day
Sunday 25 April 2021 is ANZAC Day, a public holiday on a Sunday
Monday 26 April 2021 is a public holiday as it's the Mondayisation of ANZAC Day.
Tuesday 27 April 2021 take annual leave
Wednesday 28 April 2021 take annual leave
Thursday 29 April 2021 take annual leave
Friday 30 April 2021 take annual leave
Saturday 1 May 2021 is a normal weekend day
Sunday 2 May 2021 is a normal weekend day
Extra days off around Queen's Birthday
Her Majesty The Queen has her Birthday this year on 7 June 2021, so why not take Friday 4 June or Tuesday 8 June off and enjoy another long weekend. That's just one day of annual leave to enjoy a nice 4-day weekend aka a long weekend. Or add a few more days of annual leave to enjoy an ever longer break.
Friday 4 June 2021 take annual leave
Saturday 5 June 2021 is a normal weekend day
Sunday 6 June 2021 is a normal weekend day
Monday 7 June 2021 is a public holiday
Here is what you can do with 3-5 days off work
There's so much you can do in 3 to 5 days in the Auckland area. Check out our North Island road trip itineraries or have a look at this amazing 5-day itinerary going North from Auckland.
Day 1: Leave Auckland (as early as you you possibly can)
Head to the Bay of Islands just 3 hours North and arrive in Paihia (Maori word for “Good Here”) arrive by 2pm for a horse trek. Take your pick of a forest or volcano tour to spice up your afternoon. If you’re a keen rider like me, consider a full day or overnight adventure too.
Recommended place to stay or camp: Russell Top 10 Holiday Park. This holiday park is pet-friendly and completely smoke-free (it's New Zealand's first smoke-free holiday park).
Day 2: Go parasailing and see the Bay from above
New Zealand's highest parasail adventure will let you see the Bay of Island from a different perspective, a bird's eye view. Choose from various parasail packages and enjoy the flight of a lifetime. You can take your own camera or take advantage of a photo and video package.
Recommended place to stay or camp: RussellTop10 Holiday park, the same as the day before or go for something new and spend a night at Waitangi Holiday Park
Day 3: Cliffs, caves and walking cruises
Explore the Bay and see how the Bay of Island lives up to the hype. You’ll take in the Black Rocks, and a six km walk, followed up a swim. You may also go on a dolphin cruise. Priceless to see these amazing mammals.
Recommended place to stay or camp: Paihia Top 10 holiday park or the same one as the day before, Waitangi Holiday Park
Get extra days of work and enjoy the Bay of Island on your (extra) long weekend
Day 4 Hokianga: race down the amazing sand dunes of Hokianga Harbour.
Travel by boat from Opononi across the harbour to the dunes with Hokianga Express Charters (a family-owned and operated business) for an experience like no other!
Accommodation tips: Those who want a little luxury stay at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga and enjoy some poolside cocktails. FYI, Happy Hour is always at 5pm. The 4-star rated hotel features beachfront rooms, offering magnificent views of the beautiful Hokianga Harbour.
Since you’re staying the night… take in a night tour of the magical Waipoua Forest, the Waipoua Forest: Twilight Encounter - Maori Cultural Eco Night Tour with Footprints Waipoua ("1 of only 2 New Zealand and 82 Global Lonely Planet Code Green Experiences of a Lifetime). You can enjoy a four-hour Twilight Tour, or if you want to hit the hay early, opt for the shorter ‘Meet Tane at night’ tour.
Day 5: Slowly head back to Auckland
All good things come to an end. The end of your long weekend away from Auckland is getting closer. It is time to head back to the city via Goat Island Marine Reserve. Northeast of Warkworth for some snorkelling, paddle or "clearyakking" with a 100% glass canoe.
It makes sense to take more time off work
Sounds good aye? It is that easy to get more time off work. Put in your annual leave request form today before your colleagues do, and start planning that long weekend away.
It is so much fun to get away from the city for a (long) weekend and it is healthy to take more time off. Regular breaks and time off work is better for mental health and can prevent burnout. Taking leave helps us achieve a better work-life balance.