1. City Mission
140 Hobson St, City, ph (09) 303 9200
Be part of a caring community with the Auckland City Mission and join 400 volunteers bringing cheer to their clients. From chef's assistants to Santa's helpers, driving and welcoming and the big clean-up, there's a job for you. (Rosters start from Christmas Eve in four-hour shifts. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.) Or donate or help collect for the Christmas appeal, December 9 and 10.
2. The Langham
Symonds St, Auckland
From traditional Italian at Barolo for Christmas Eve ($99 per person) to lunch and dinner (12.30pm-4pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm: $135 per person, Breakfast or dinner in Eight* (breakfast $70 per adult, $55 per child, lunch or dinner $175 per adult, $125 per child) or a champagne Tiffin Afternoon Tea ($75 per adult, $37.50 per child) the Christmas entertaining is sorted in this glamorous location.
Reservations are essential. Ph (09) 300 2809 or email email@example.com
3. The Riverhead
Cnr Queen and York Sts, Riverhead, ph (09) 412 8902
This favourite country pub - the winner of the best new pub award - has still got spaces for Christmas lunch.Choose any two courses for $45 or three for $55 with classic roasted lamb rump, orange and cranberry turkey or salmon, and traditional Christmas puddings and pavs. Bookings still available from 2.30pm until late evening.