We'll be travelling from Bay of Islands (Paihia) to Coromandel (Whitianga) on 24th of December and intend to stay on Christmas Night in Auckland or somewhere close (as it is almost in the middle between above mentioned places). I wonder if there is anything going on in Auckland on Christmas Eve or everybody just stays at home with family, enjoying Christmas dinner? Well, I guess Christmas dinner can be found in some restaurants, but I think that could be quite expensive. So, the best is to buy some food (and bottle of fine wine) and stay in hotel/motel room or apartment and enjoy our own Christmas Eve celebration. Am I right? In this case, it is not important where we stay overnight – in Auckland or in some smaller place? I have to add that we'll be staying thtree days in Auckland before going to Bay of Islands, so this time we'll be just passing.
I have a not very attractive experience: Christmas Eve in town La Rioja in NW Argentina few years ago, when we (my wife and I) celebrated sitting in the town park, having only sendwich (OK, and beer too) and listening to christmas songs from nearest church, together with some local homeless people. As a matter of fact - it was interesting in a way, but I realy wouldn't like to repeat it.
Thenks in advance for any advice or comment.