Holiday hack: How to turn 18 days' annual leave into a 45-day holiday

It may only be the beginning of February, but some of us are already counting down the days until the next string of public holidays.

If this sounds like you, then get ready to book some annual leave because here's how you can turn 18 days into a 45 day holiday.

Take a 10-day Easter: Three days annual leave for 10 days holiday 

It's been a long time between drinks, or in this case chocolate eggs, but for the first time in years, the Easter weekend falls within the school holidays. Combine this with the fact that Anzac Day takes place just two days later on 25 April, you can get 10 days off just by taking three days of annual leave.

It's even better for those in Southland who can do the same but with just two days' leave. Their anniversary day is on 23 April.

Waitangi Day: Six days' annual leave will get you 10 days off

Waitangi Day is this Wednesday, and it's the perfect chance to get away just days after the beginning of the school year.

Its even better for those in Northland, their anniversary day on January 28. People who live in Buller or Nelson also just had their anniversary weekends meaning they have the added bonus of getting Monday 4 February off too.

Later this year, both Labour Day and Queen's Birthday are on a Monday, so taking a day off the Friday before would give you just enough time for a family staycation or a quick trip somewhere nice within New Zealand.

Christmas Treat: Seven days leave for 17 days holiday 

It's never too soon to plan for Christmas, and it's likely to boost your chances of getting your leave approved.

By taking seven days of leave, you'll get 17 days off between 20 December and 6 January, but remember this is peak travel season so book your flights as soon as your leave is approved.

Last month travel booking website saw an increase of 24 percent over last year in people booking travel.

So if you are planning on taking advantage of this travel holiday hack, then get in early.