I doubt if any will be open on Christmas morning, this is a business area.
Shame you are not staying somewhere that is serving breakfast on Christmas morning.
Have now booked at Auckland City Oaks which serves breakfast. Thanks for your reply.
If you aren't happy with the offerings at Auckland City Oaks, there's a few other options. Most of the main hotels have restaurants open on Christmas Day. Be aware that some places have a public holiday surcharge. Range from 10 % - 20%
I suggest booking ahead so you can go to the restaurant of your choice.
Check the reviews here (at TripAdvisor) as well as http://www.dineout.co.nz
Also check their food hygiene grade at …govt.nz/council/…default.asp
Avoid those with D or E certs
You could also go for a Yum Cha (aka Chinese dim sum) brunch at Grand Harbour at the Viaduct. They have a 10% surcharge.
Just in case you wish to know, here's some of your food options (not all). There's some other places probably open.
Recently there's been 2 articles in the Herald on who is open for christmas
* List of 4 auckland restaurants nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm…
* List of Heritage hotel offerings on Christmas day (incl Heritage in Auckland, Rotorua, Christchurch, Hamner Springs, & Queenstown) heritagehotels.co.nz/Christmas-Functions-and…
* Millennium Hotels Christmas day menu
* Auckland Langhams hotel …langhamhotels.co.nz/restaurants/christmas_2…
* Hyatt Regency Auckland times.co.nz/cms/…dine_out_for_christmas.php
* Mecca at the Viaduct http://www.meccacafe.com/viaduct.htm
* Denny's on Hobson St (Cnr Hobson & Victoria St W) tends to be open ON Christmas Day as well. However I haven't checked in the last few years...
Some of these are a bit further out of Auckland:
* Annabelles, Valentines, Wellingtons at Waipuna Lodge etc listed in guidetoauckland.co.nz/Categories/Restaurants…
* Aubergine aubergine.co.nz/aubergine-takapuna-christmas…
* Snowplanet Auckland www.snowplanet.co.nz/restaurant-and-bar/
* Waitakere Estate has a christmas day menu on their website waitakereestate.co.nz/Presentation/…
ps how did you add the link to the TripAdvisor's page on "Airport CIty Oaks"?
ps While most places are closed, you aren't without options for sightseeing in Auckland on Christmas day. Buses will run on Sunday time table. Check http://www.maxx.co.nz for which buses, and schedule.
If you are walking around the Auckland CBD here's some of the christmas decorations you're likely to see. I think the Smith & Caughey's window display is interesting (see below). If Giapo is open ( www.google.com/maps/place… ) visit for a delicious gelato or sorbet. Perhaps even enjoy it while you browse the Smith & Caughey window.
There's a trail map published on this page that points out some locations & features of the CBD christmas decor
Or link to the pdf:
Some items on the map:
* Christmas Santa & reindeer on top of Whitcoulls at Cnr Queen St & Victoria St E www.google.com/maps/place…
* Smith & Caughey christmas window display on 253 - 261 Queen St.
There's a story accompanying this year's display. So look at them sequentially!
Youtube vid for 2010
Whitcoulls santa & reindeer (0:13 - 0:23s) as well as the Smith & Caughey window display (0:24 - 1:18s)
Previous Smith & Caughey window displays
* Giant Christmas balls mentioned in the trail map look like these:
* Christmas Doves on Durham St E (between High St & Queen St)
Found another Option for Breakfast in Auckland
Stamford Hotel on Albert St has their breaksfast, lunch and dinner menus online
Another source for reviews are those in the paper www.nzherald.co.nz. you can search for them or browse nzherald.co.nz/restaurant-reviews/…
Bear in mind that any reviews from restaurants.nzherald.co.nz are diners reviews as you'd get at http://www.dineout.co.nz and not those published in the newspaper. These are reviews via www.menumania.co.nz
Thank you so much for your help
We will be in Bay of Islands for Christmas dinner - do you know of a good place to have dinner - or reviews, and acitivites that can be done on xmas day?
just posted reply to the forum post/thread on your bay of islands query.
How are you getting from Auckland to bay of islands on christmas day? (just curious)
we managed to rent a car from auckland airport - we paid a little extra for picking it up after office hours
If you see a lot of construction on your way to the harbour bridge as you go north, it is the project to build a tunnel across to the north shore!
Your closest exit to the harbour bridge is at Wellington St. It was closed from 23 Aug to 15 Dec. Should be opened by now.
Do watch your speed while driving, Don't exceed 5km/h above limit.
Also traffic could be a bit heavy. So be a bit patient if it is.
“Traffic volumes are typically 50 per cent higher over Christmas than on a normal working weekday with up to 13,500 vehicles heading north daily – the vast majority of them using the toll road on State Highway 1,” says the NZTA’s Regional Director for Auckland and Northland, Stephen Town.
Lastly once you settle in at Airport Oaks, have a walk around the city. There'll be lots of people bustling around. If you are after food, head for the area near the casino or on Queen St near the corner of Wellesley St & Queen St.
Once place to have something nice and cold is the gelato & sorbet place which is usually open till around 11pm. It is Giapo at 279 Queen St, near corner of Queen St and Wellesley St
The fruit sorbets is organic fruit + water + organic sugar. Nothing else! Gelato is made with organic milk.
They are on twitter @giapo or facebook www.giapo.com
Hope you have a great holiday up north! It is a very popular spot to be in over the summer vacation. There's heaps of people who head up there for NY eve!
The roads around Auckland on Christmas day are usually reasonable, only people travelling from one lot of family and friends to another.
But Transit, our roading authority, does recommend that if you are heading North on any public holiday go Highway 16.
This is the more scenic way to go North, maybe a little longer and definitely more to see close to the main highways. We suggest that people travel North on the west and south on the east and then you can see it all.
From the City you would head out on the North Western Motorway and link up with Highway 16. From Wellsford you can either go on Highway 1 or head out to the Kauri forests on the Coast. Unfortunately the Kauri Museum at Matakohe will be closed on Christmas Day, but the scenery is sooooo good.