Boxing Day sales draw early birds

Boxing Day has become a family tradition for early starter Gemma Burleigh, of Milton, who was checking out bargains in Dunedin yesterday. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
Boxing Day has become a family tradition for early starter Gemma Burleigh, of Milton, who was checking out bargains in Dunedin yesterday. Photo: Stephen Jaquiery
A Milton family was up bright and early yesterday, ready to tackle the annual Boxing Day sales in Dunedin.

Gemma Burleigh (10) was awake with the rest of her family at 7am preparing to make the 40-minute journey to Dunedin.

The trip to the city had become a tradition for Gemma, her siblings and parents.

Members of the Burleigh family were only a few small drops in the ocean of people who swarmed the streets yesterday looking for bargains.

Dunedin i-SITE visitor centre manager Louise van de Vlierd said it was an even busier Boxing Day than normal for the city as there were two cruise ships in town - Radiance of the Seas and Sea Princess.

''A lot of people were getting on shuttles and saying they were just going to town to shop. There were a good percentage of [cruise ship passengers] that know about traditional Boxing Day sales.''

Another two cruise ships - the Norwegian Jewel and Celebrity Solstice - were due today, bringing in just over 5200 passengers and 2350 crew members combined.

The city would have two days to ''catch a breath'' before the next run of cruise ships due on December 30.

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