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Daylight Saving time in New Zealand

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Daylight Saving time in New Zealand

Daylight savings starts in September each year and ends in April each year in New Zealand. During the daylight savings months in New Zealand we are on New Zealand daylight time which is 1 hour ahead of New Zealand standard time.

DAYLIGHT SAVING ENDS IN AUTUMN EACH YEAR

When does Daylight Saving time end?

Daylight saving time ends at 3am on the first Sunday in April each year.  

This year Daylight Saving time ends on Sunday 4 April 2021 at 3am when clocks are turn backward 1 hour to 2am. 

Is it darker or lighter when daylight savings ends?

When daylight saving time ends there will be more light in the morning than the day before, but it will be darker in the evenings.

Do you put your clock forward or back when daylight savings ends in New Zealand?

Your clocks go back one hour to NZ Standard Time when daylight saving ends at 3am on 4 April 2021.

How can I help my children adjust to Daylight Saving ending?

Change your child’s betime in the weeks before Daylight Saving will finish ideally before by slowly pushing their bedtime back by 10 to 15 minutes every three days, and do the same for any daytime sleeps they have.

DAYLIGHT SAVING MONTHS IN NEW ZEALAND

During daylight savings months  New Zealand is on “New Zealand daylight time” which is 1 hour ahead of New Zealand standard time.

DAYLIGHT SAVING STARTS IN SPRING EACH YEAR

When does Daylight Saving time start in New Zealand each year?

Daylight saving time begins at 2am on the last Sunday in  September each year. 

Daylight saving time starts this year on Sunday 26 September 2021 at 2am when clocks are turned forward 1 hour to 3am. Sunrise and sunset will be about an hour later than the day before and it will be lighter in the evening. 

Which way do I turn the clock when Daylight Saving starts?

You turn your clocks forward one hour at 2am when daylight savings starts in September each year. An easy way to remember which way to turn the clock when daylight saving starts is “Spring Forward, Summer Time“. 

How can I help my child adjust to Daylight Saving starting?

Change your child’s betime in the weeks before Daylight Saving will finish ideally before by slowly pushing their bedtime back by 10 to 15 minutes every three days, and do the same for any daytime sleeps they have.

WHERE AND WHEN DID DAYLIGHT SAVING ORIGINATE?

Daylight saving originated in New Zealand in 1868 and was first introduced in New Zealand in 1927. The current dates for starting and finishing daylight saving each year have been fixed since 2007 as detailed in the New Zeland Daylight Time Order 2007.

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