Boxing Day madness: Shoppers spill out the doors, cause traffic chaos

While Christmas is barely over, thousands of Kiwis were out grabbing bargains on Boxing Day, causing traffic havoc both in car and on foot.

Thousands of shoppers flocked to Westfield Albany on Auckland's North Shore with their wallets at the ready to grab a bargain.

"I really recommend coming here even though it's busy," one said.

"They have good deals as well. But then again, that's Christmas, isn't it?"

Shoppers lined up outside the doors in some spots.

At Auckland's Sylvia Park, traffic was backed up for hundreds of metres as people tried to get into the carpark.

"Yesterday was Christmas and we still haven't got enough stuff," another shopper said.

"It's madness."

Retailers had been hoping for a roaring Boxing Day trade, especially as Christmas Eve was particularly quiet this year. But they've been warned about hooking consumers with misleading discounts in an online video campaign from the Commerce Commission.

Tuesday may have also been the perfect opportunity for those looking to cash in on Boxing Day sales. It's the perfect time to list those unwanted Christmas gifts on Trade Me, with more than 700 listings already up before 8am.

One seller is trying to offload what they call a "Dancing & Singing Baby". Don't get too excited though - the item is listed as faulty thanks to currently being unable to sing or dance.

One New Plymouth seller takes the crown for weirdest gift, with an auction for an unwanted beetroot.