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Grocery Stores Open on Christmas Day?

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Grocery Stores Open on Christmas Day?

Hi,

We're flying into Christchurch on Christmas Day morning from LAX after a short 2 hour layover in Auckland and wanted to know the best place to stock up on basic groceries. Will most of the grocery stores (New World) be closed that day? Any idea if the Asian stores (Kosco, Big T) would be open or not? Not planning to get too many food items from the US considering the customs import restrictions.

Thx,

Neville

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1. Re: Grocery Stores Open on Christmas Day?

i'm pretty sure that only petrol stations will open on Xmas day - e.g. bread, milk, ice cream etc.

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2. Re: Grocery Stores Open on Christmas Day?

Yes, as far as I know you'll only be able to get the very basics from service stations,

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3. Re: Grocery Stores Open on Christmas Day?

Thanks guys.. I guess we will manage for that one day and get any essential ones from the gas stations. Same thing with restaurants right?

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4. Re: Grocery Stores Open on Christmas Day?

Not everything will be closed, but it's up to the individual operators. Likes of convenience stores, KFC, McDonalds etc could be open. Others may just close for a few hours.

Some restaurants and hotels will be serving Xmas lunch or dinner.

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5. Re: Grocery Stores Open on Christmas Day?

Further to reply #4.

I do not like the Xmas lunch and / or dinner in restaurants

and hotels.

They are over crowded, very expensive, and can be in 2

"shifts". The later means you are pushed for time.

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6. Re: Grocery Stores Open on Christmas Day?

Ok thanks for all advice. Will try and find an Asian place in CHC thats open that day. Over in the US, the Asian stores/restaurants are usually open on Christmas Day.

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7. Re: Grocery Stores Open on Christmas Day?

NZ has strict minimum pay rates so even Asian/Muslim restaurants have to pay penalty rates on Xmas Day. IME you find huge numbers of migrant families having BBQ at beaches & other popular picnic spots on Xmas day because it is the one time all the family have the day off! Not to say you mightn't find small Asian restaurants open in the Church Corner area of Riccarton Rd

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8. Re: Grocery Stores Open on Christmas Day?

Just updating this. I asked at the Metro Mart in the Container Mall today & they think they will be open on Xmas Day - think 7-11 type convenience store for basic necessities & snacks.

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9. Re: Grocery Stores Open on Christmas Day?

K thx for checking..

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