Restaurants open on Christmas Day

Tourism West Coast
Dec. 20, 2018

Please note that on Christmas Day (Tuesday 25 December) most shops in New Zealand will be closed.

Almost all shops must be closed under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990, except those that meet certain conditions or have an area exemption.

Some restaurants, cafes and service stations may still be open.

Tourism West Coast recommends visitors to the West Coast shop for essentials the day before (Monday 24 December) or the day after (Wednesday 26 December) to avoid being inconvenienced.

West Coast restaurants open on 25 December

Please ensure that you book ahead, as they will be very busy on the day:


Heartland World Heritage Hotel

  • The Frontier Café and Bar (Christmas buffet $50 per person, current menu will also be available). Lunch 11am – 2:30pm. Dinner 6pm – 9pm.

  • The Waiatoto Restaurant (Christmas buffet $50 per person). Dinner 6pm – 8:30pm.

Fox Glacier

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Maruia Springs