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Christchurch - what is open on Christmas Day (shops/food)

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Christchurch - what is open on Christmas Day (shops/food)

Hi,

we are arriving to Christchurch on Christmas day, early afternoon, family with 3 kids. I know that most of the shops will be closed, but could anyone tell me what will be open - where we would be able to buy food (prefer not fast food, but something rather normal)?

And if we want to bring the food with us from Australia for the first day, what is safe considering NZ border control policy? Baby food will be ok I think but what about the rest?

Thanks,

Alex

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Packaged, commercially prepared food is not too bad. You just need to declare it. They have yet to confiscate my food.

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Thanks, will bring packaged food then. I assume fruits is not recommended, right?

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Fruits will not be allowed.

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I generally spend Christmas in Wellington so not sure if Chch is quite the same, but many suburban corner stores (we call them "dairies") are open on Christmas Day. Food will be basic & more expensive than the supermarket but you can at least get bread, butter, milk etc.

Assume you will eat out in the evening.

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Bringing food into NZ is almost as hard as brining it into Australia. Forget about Ozzie wine, MPI are ok about it, but ours is better.

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www.countdown.co.nz - go online to buy what you require and get it delivered Tuesday 24 December to your hotel/motel. Much easier than bringing food into NZ!

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Thanks, will bring packaged food then.

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