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Restaurants Open Christmas Day

If you find that you and your significant other or your family are looking for an alternative option this season, we’ve found the following restaurants who are open on Christmas Day. Dine out in style and enjoy a lovely meal.


Barolo restaurant within the Langham Hotel will be offering a fabulous degustation menu this Christmas Day. There will be two sitting times: Lunch, 12.30pm to 4pm and dinner, 6pm to 10pm.

Barolo serves Italian cuisine using fresh local ingredients, including home-grown truffles and the price is $180 per person. You must pay in advance to confirm your booking.

On Christmas day, Stonehouse will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their regular dinner menu will also be available all day with additional Christmas fair, like turkey and Christmas pudding.
Sails Restaurant can be found at Westhaven Marina.  If you like the idea of eating at one of New Zealand’s top restaurants while watching hundreds of yachts to a backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and Rangitoto Island, then this is the place for you.
And at $150 per person, Sails offers a classy Christmas menu that includes Clevedon Rock Oysters for an entrée, Angus pure fillet steak for a main and Christmas pudding for dessert. Sitting times are 12.30pm for lunch and 6.30pm for dinner, with no deposit is required.
Mecca Stonehouse Café, with wonderful views of the Hauraki Gulf, is the only restaurant in Mission Bay to be positioned on the beach side of the main road.
For more information read our recent guide to Auckland restaurants open on Christmas Day.


Hudson’s Restaurant & Bar in Hamilton is open every day of the year as well as on Christmas Day. It will not be charging a special holiday surcharge and it's open for breakfast and dinner, serving an a la carte menu. Best of all, if the weather is good you'll be able to enjoy its outdoor garden area.


Local favourite Logan Brown will be hosting an early lunch sitting from 11am to 2pm, with a late lunch at 2.30pm to 6pm.

At $150 per person (payment required up front to confirm booking) they will be serving dishes like Freshly baked sourdough, Crispy duck leg with caramelised apple pork sausage, maple pumpkin, asparagus and cranberry relish and Billy Scott’s Strawberry tart.

Chameleon Restaurant is within the 5-star InterContinental Hotel on Grey Street and though the menu is yet to be confirmed, they will be open for Christmas breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sittings are planned for between 12 noon and 2pm and 6pm to 8pm. Prices will be around $135 per person for a three-course meal, including a glass of Brancott Estate Brut Curvée wine. They will also serve a buffet breakfast at $40 per person.

Artisan Restaurant and Bar is located in the 5-star Bolton Hotel on Bolton Avenue. They plan to be open for lunch on Christmas day and may have a later sitting if there is enough demand.

The three-course set menu will include dishes like Grilled haloumi, asparagus with salsa verde for an entrée, Roast turkey breast, chestnut and kumara puree, cranberry stuffing and juniper and port wine reduction for a main and Dark chocolate tart with mulled wine, ice cream and orange syrup for dessert.

Zibibbo Restaurant and Bar will also be open Christmas with three sittings available: 11 – 1:30pm, 2:30 – 5pm and 6 – 8:30pm.

More information about Wellington restaurants open Christmas Day.


Prime Waterfront Restaurant and Bar will be playing their part in order to ensure you have a spectacular Xmas day 2010, by serving the choice of a traditional Christmas dinner or a delicious seafood option from 5pm until late. They recommend you book ahead but a select number of tables will be set aside for walk-ins. 15% surcharge will apply.

Wai will be serving up an extravagant 5 course celebration dinner from 5.30pm onwards. This year’s main course will be made from New Zealand’s finest fresh produce and will be a choice between Rib eye steak and Snapper. At $133 per person this is sure to be delectable.


The historical Crown Mill will be open for an elegant 3 course buffet Xmas lunch. The Victorian building will have a 12noon sitting at a cost of $75 per person and will not fail to create a traditional Christmas event for you and your family.

Also check out these great Christmas gift ideas!

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  • Umfoloz1

    Great to see the Open on Xmas day listings. How about an all points email to the restuarants so we could have a better listing!?
    Will be in Napier but can not see a listing for any Hawkes Bay outfits.

    4:06PM, 1st Dec 2013

  1. 83 Symonds Street, Grafton, Auckland City, Auckland
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  3. 201 Airport Road, Tamahere, Hamilton, Waikato
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  5. 192 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington City, Wellington
  6. D
  7. 189 Deans Avenue, Riccarton, Christchurch City, Canterbury

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