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Auckland Restaurants Open on Christmas Day

It’s scary to think that Christmas is upon us (where has the year gone?). While you're most likely preoccupied with thinking of Christmas gift ideas, you might want to start putting serious thought into where to dine on Christmas day.

There are a couple of options:
1. Take the traditional route and enjoy your Christmas turkey and mince pies at home (and do all the cleaning up too).
2. Go to a nice restaurant (much easier).
With this in mind, I took the time to profile three Auckland restaurants that are open on Christmas day.


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.

Here is a sample of what’s on the menu: Scallop Carpaccio, Rock lobster, Suckling pig ravioli and Caramelized panettone. There are also plenty of gluten-free items on the menu and if you have any other special dietary needs just let them know.

The price is $180 per person and you must pay in advance to confirm your booking.

If luxurious dining is what you desire this Christmas, then Barolo is the place to be.  

Mecca Stonehouse Café

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.
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.
Between the main Mission House and the café on the Mission grounds there is inside seating for 70 people. I’m told that if the weather is fine, they’ll put up a marquee and then be able to cater for over 200.

Sails Restaurant

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.
At $150 per person, Sails offer 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 and, surprisingly, no deposit is required.

Other Auckland Venues

The Pullman Auckland Family Christmas Lunch Buffet with Cure Kids. An array of the usual festive treats will be served including: turkey, goose and ham as well as all the trimmings. Price: $124 per adult, $62 per child aged 5 – 12 years (free for children under 4 years)

Editorial by Liam MacAndrew
16 August 2012

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Comments (5 comments)

  • nookkaz1

    Well done to The Pullman Auckland for backing Cure Kids.
    Christmas can be extremely stressful but factoring sick children is heartbreaking.
    Good for you The Pullman, I hope you are full to capacity!

    10:42AM, 25th Aug 2012

  • tasha45

    Great to see on your website options for Christmas day so people can start making bookings if they have chosen for whatever reason not to dine at home, great to see we now have a lot of options available open to us now. Thanks Lea

    12:22PM, 26th Aug 2012

  • jenniec1

    I like the fact that Cornwall Park restaurant has a choice - important when taking out elderly relatives who can't eat certain foods. I am very tempted to take my Mum there for Christmas Day - I don't think she has been back since she was a waitress there back in the 1940s!!

    11:13AM, 27th Aug 2012

  • Bubbles61

    I know the restaurants open on Christmas Day serve fabulous fare and they save you all that hard work but for me having kids, Christmas isn't Christmas unless you have at home with family playing with the toys and with all the mess created by presents, packaging, christmas paper etc. Much easier to crash on your own couch if you have over indulged as well.
    Full credit to the staff who work on Christmas Day to make Christmas special who those who do dine out - well done.

    2:22PM, 27th Aug 2012

  • zacceber

    Cornwall Park tell me they are not open Christmas Day.

    10:42AM, 3rd Sep 2012

  1. Cornwall Park, Pohutukawa Drive, One Tree Hill, Auckland City, Auckland
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  3. 103 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven, Auckland city, Auckland
  4. C
  5. 83 Symonds Street, Grafton, Auckland City, Auckland

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