The weather outside was delightful and the Christmas spirit in full swing on Monday, but some Kiwis had to spend the day celebrating the holidays at work.
"We come in and be public servants on a day when everyone is having a good time with their family," Senior Sergeant David Christoffersen, from Auckland Central District police, told Newshub.
"We're happy to come in and work and support and be there and available when needed."
But it's not all work and no play. There's tinsel scattered around the District Command Centre and a chance for workers to break some bread with their colleagues.
"So this morning... we brought in some food and had a shared breakfast together," Snr Sgt Christoffersen said.
"So your work family becomes your Christmas Day family a little bit."
Down at Auckland's ferry terminal, the Fullers crew were putting the finishing touches on their vessel this morning.
Because we all need to get from A to B on Christmas Day, this crew gave up time with their families to do so.
"It is hard. But you know it's a core part of our business... is getting other people to their celebrations," Fullers Ferry Master Shaun Oliver told Newshub.
There are five crew members on board and while they spent most of their shift looking after passengers, there was still time for a short break.
"The vessel is decorated, management dropped off some goodie boxes for us all, and later on we're going to have a shared lunch together," Mr Oliver said.
Up the Sky Tower, staff at the Sugar Club were rushed off their feet with hungry Christmas customers.
The restaurant was full today but a decision was made not to take any late bookings so staff have some time to unwind.
"We've got our trees up, we've got our decorations, we're doing Secret Santa as well so we make sure that everyone coming in to work today gets to open a present," the Sugar Club's Yaebin Yang told Newshub.
But they'll have to wait until the end of their shift to find out what Santa left for them under the tree.