Boxing Day sales 2023 in New Zealand: the best deals to shop right now

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The Boxing Day sales are officially here, and it’s your final chance to score a bargain in 2023. But you don’t need to join the shopping crowds on December 26, you can find a fantastic tech deal from home, and we’re helping you to hunt them down by listing all our top finds on this page.

You can score big savings on Apple MacBooks, Xbox consoles, Samsung smartwatches and much more, and we’re expecting the sales to last longer than just one day. Even once Boxing Day is over, discounts can last right up until the New Year too.

Boxing Day sales: retailer links

Today’s best Boxing Day sales

Laptops

Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020)M1 / 8GB RAM / 256GB SSDNZ$1,749NZ$1,549 on PB Tech

Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020) | M1 / 8GB RAM / 256GB SSD | NZ$1,749 NZ$1,549 on PB Tech (save NZ$200)

PB Tech is currently offering a NZ$200 discount on the 2020 edition of the MacBook Air which is a good deal, but we have seen this laptop previously get a NZ$219 discount. Apple did away with Intel’s silicon for this (and subsequent) laptops, so it comes with Apple’s own M1 processor instead.

Gaming

Xbox Series SNZ$549NZ$389 on PB Tech

Xbox Series S | NZ$549 NZ$389 on PB Tech (save NZ$160)

The Xbox Series S is now available for NZ$389, making it a much more affordable way of getting into current-gen gaming compared to the PS5. Keep in mind that the Series S is a digital-only device, but it can still comfortably play next-gen games with high frame rates, ray tracing and super-fast load times. If you want a disc drive, you’ll have to look at the Xbox Series X, which is also on sale (see below).

Xbox Series XNZ$899NZ$729 on PB Tech

Xbox Series X | NZ$899 NZ$729 on PB Tech (save NZ$170)

PB Tech is offering the powerful Xbox Series X for NZ$729 for Boxing Day. It was recently NZ$728 on Black Friday, so we think this is a very good deal. This console has a disc drive and is a multimedia powerhouse, doubling up as a streaming device and a 4K Blu-ray player.

Meta Quest 2 (128GB)AU$533AU$460 on Amazon AU

Meta Quest 2 (128GB) | AU$533 AU$460 on Amazon AU (save AU$73)

The Meta Quest 2 (formerly Oculus) is on sale via Amazon Australia, and it’s still available at its Black Friday price of AU$460. The Quest 2 is an easy to use VR headset without the wires, but it’s still capable of delivering detailed VR experiences. This kit is lightweight, comfortable and supports a wide catalogue of games, plus it’s currently listed as having free delivery to New Zealand.

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora for PS5NZ$99NZ$79 on Mighty Ape

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora for PS5 | NZ$99 NZ$79 on Mighty Ape (save NZ$20)

Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora is a visually gorgeous game, but our review found the combat to be a little disappointing. If you’re a fan of the films you’ll love exploring this world, but others may find it tough to get invested in. This discount is available from Mighty Ape, and you can get it for either PS5 or Xbox Series X/S for NZ$79.

PC peripherals

Logitech MX Master 3SAU$177.70AU$113 on Amazon AU

Logitech MX Master 3S | AU$177.70 AU$113 on Amazon AU (save AU$64.70)

We rate the Logitech MX Master 3S as the best mouse you can buy, and if you don’t mind buying it from Amazon Australia, you can get yourself a pretty sweet discount. It’s a wireless mouse with a long-last battery life, and Logitech says you should get up to 70 days of charge out of it. This mouse has an ergonomic design intended for right-hand use, so lefties will have to look elsewhere.

Razer DeathAdder V2 ProNZ$188NZ$84 on Mighty Ape

Razer DeathAdder V2 Pro | NZ$188 NZ$84 on Mighty Ape (save NZ$104)

This mouse has been updated in the form of the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro, which is probably why this older version has got such a big discount. Despite being a few years old, the V2 Pro still offers top-notch performance. It’s a wireless gaming mouse, and in our experience, it’s got strong connectivity.

Headphones & speakers

Apple AirPods (2019, 2nd gen)NZ$249NZ$195 on PB Tech

Apple AirPods (2019, 2nd gen) | NZ$249 NZ$195 on PB Tech (save NZ$54)

The second-gen Apple AirPods have been updated in the form of the Apple AirPods 3, but the newer earbuds are quite expensive at NZ$329. PB Tech’s deal gets you the older pair for a discounted price of NZ$195, which is NZ$54 off. While the sound quality of the second-gen pair is a little lacklustre, they have excellent connectivity with the wider Apple ecosystem. These earbuds come with the Lightning charging case rather than USB-C.

Jabra Elite 4NZ$149from NZ$89 on PB Tech

Jabra Elite 4 | NZ$149 from NZ$89 on PB Tech (save up to NZ$60)

The Jabra Elite 4 are a pretty affordable set of earbuds, and PB Tech’s discount just makes them that much cheaper. These wireless earbuds come with active noise cancellation and decent sound quality, which is fantastic at their discounted price of NZ$89. There are a few colour options now on sale, including dark grey, beige, navy and lilac.

UE Wonderboom 3 bundleNZ$338NZ$190 on PB Tech

UE Wonderboom 3 bundle | NZ$338 NZ$190 on PB Tech (save NZ$148)

PB Tech is bundling together two UE Wonderboom 3 Bluetooth speakers for NZ$190, which is pretty great considering these short and stout speakers usually retail for NZ$169 at full price. It’s built durable with IP67 waterproof rating, and we like that it offers 360-degree sound. Sound quality is good, but it will struggle if you push it up to high volumes. All colour options now available in this bundle deal.

UE Megaboom 3NZ$249NZ$168 on PB Tech

UE Megaboom 3 | NZ$249 NZ$168 on PB Tech (save NZ$81)

If you want to go louder, Ultimate Ears also has the Megaboom 3. It has the brand’s signature shape and rugged design, making it a great choice for use outdoors or inside. It delivers punchy sound, but we found that the vocals can take a back seat to the speaker’s bass and highs, especially at higher volumes. Its size also means it can fit a bigger battery, with up to 20-hours of playtime. Now down to NZ$168 in black and blue.

UE HyperboomNZ$499NZ$333 on PB Tech

UE Hyperboom | NZ$499 NZ$333 on PB Tech (save NZ$166)

For the largest speaker that Ultimate Ears has to offer, you’ll want to consider the Hyperboom. This is a powerful party speaker that can be used indoors or out, thanks to its IPX4 rating that protects it from splashes of water. UE promises a battery life of up to 24 hours when using the speaker at 50% volume, so it’s got plenty of juice to power the dance floor for hours. It’s available in black or white, and is down to NZ$333 at PB Tech.

Health & fitness

Apple Watch 9 (GPS, 41mm)NZ$749NZ$713 on PB Tech

Apple Watch 9 (GPS, 41mm) | NZ$749 NZ$713 on PB Tech (save NZ$36)

The Apple Watch 9 is the latest smartwatch from Apple, which might explain why we’re only getting a NZ$36 discount. It offers a brighter, more powerful screen compared to previous models, but the real standout is the new Double Tap feature. The Double Tap gesture control lets you control timers, snooze alarms, answer calls and more.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 (Bluetooth, 40mm)NZ$449NZ$328 on PB Tech

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 (Bluetooth, 40mm) | NZ$449 NZ$328 on PB Tech (save NZ$121)

PB Tech has discounted Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 6 down to NZ$328, which is a decent deal, but not as good as its Black Friday price of NZ$306. The Watch 6 is of course perfect for Samsung users, and it comes with health features such as alerts for high heart rates and fall detection. Automatic walking and running detection is also available.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic (Bluetooth, 43mm)NZ$649NZ$495 on PB Tech

Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic (Bluetooth, 43mm) | NZ$649 NZ$495 on PB Tech (save NZ$154)

If you prefer the look of a classic timepiece over a modern smartwatch, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic might be for you. It has big, bold and elegant looks, plus a rotating bezel which allows you to navigate around the watch’s features, such as notifications and exercise modes. Our review found battery life lasts around 24 hours. Now down to NZ$495 in black and silver colour options for the 43mm case size.

Smart home

Tile Mate (4 pack)NZ$109NZ$75 on Mighty Ape

Tile Mate (4 pack) | NZ$109 NZ$75 on Mighty Ape (save NZ$34)

If you often find yourself searching for your keys before heading out the door, a Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker could be something to consider. It’s designed to loop onto a keychain, but it can also be attached to bags or even your pet. A pack of four is currently discounted down to NZ$75 on Mighty Ape, but only in the grey colour option. Keep in mind that these Bluetooth trackers have a built-in battery, so they’ll last up to three years.

Ring Battery Video Doorbell PlusAU$302AU$228.95 on Amazon AU

Ring Battery Video Doorbell Plus | AU$302 AU$228.95 on Amazon AU (save AU$73.05)

The Ring Battery Video Doorbell Plus can add a little extra security to your front doorstep. It offers a new head-to-toe view, so it’s easier to spot parcels delivered to your door that you might have been unable to see on older smart doorbells. It also offers HD video in 1536p, colour night vision and motion detection. This one is powered by batteries with a rechargeable battery pack. If you’re keen, score this discount from Amazon AU.

Cameras

Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 gift packNZ$189NZ$135 on Mighty Ape

Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 gift pack | NZ$189 NZ$135 on Mighty Ape (save NZ$54)

We think the Fujifilm Instax Mini 12 is the best instant camera you can get, and this discounted bundle includes the camera, a 10-pack of film, camera case and mini photo album. This camera is easy to use and comfortable to hold, and it produces lovely prints with a rich vintage look. Mighty Ape has quite a few colours on sale, including purple, pink, blue, green and white.

Home appliances

Philips Premium Airfryer Digital (HD9742/93)AU$469.50AU$249.90 on Amazon AU

Philips Premium Airfryer Digital (HD9742/93) | AU$469.50 AU$249.90 on Amazon AU (save AU$219.60)

Amazon is offering a huge discount on this Philips air fryer, getting you almost AU$220 off the RRP. It has a capacity of 0.8kg, and its digital display has four preset cooking options for quick and easy use. Philips also says the air fryer can remove excess fat from your food, so it promises healthier dishes, made with little or no added oil.

Cameras

GoPro Max 360NZ$815NZ$599 on PB Tech

GoPro Max 360 | NZ$815 NZ$599 on PB Tech (save NZ$216)

There’s a very healthy discount available on the GoPro Max 360, saving you NZ$216 on one of the best action cameras available. This camera is designed for 360 footage, and it uses two fisheye lenses to shoot spherical 5.6K video. So, this isn’t the camera for you if you want flat 2D footage. Like all of GoPro’s cameras it’s built rugged and waterproof, and it fits on existing mounts. Nab it now from PB Tech and save NZ$216.

Boxing Day sales: key information

When do Boxing Day sales start?

Boxing Day is always on December 26 – the day right after Christmas – and the Boxing Day sales traditionally also started on this date. But in the last few years, some retailers have launched their Boxing Day deals a few days before the official date, and then kept them running through to the end of the year. Sometimes they even roll into January sales.

It’s worth keeping an eye out for early deals – we’d suggest keeping watch from the week starting on Monday, December 18. While certain retailers will launch deals before Boxing Day, there’s a chance that products may drop further in price on the actual date of December 26. These are likely to be the best deals of the holiday season.

How long do Boxing Day sales last?

How long Boxing Day sales last depends on the retailer. While some stores will continue offering their Boxing Day deals until the end of the year, others will wrap up on December 26 at 11:59pm NZDT.

Some retailers will switch their Boxing Day deals into early January sales from December 27, so it could be a good opportunity to pick up some back-to-school supplies. Do note that the deals available in early January are unlikely to be the exact same as what will be available on Boxing Day – December 26 will likely offer the best prices.

Why is it called Boxing Day?

The exact origin of Boxing Day is disputed, but it’s generally accepted to have begun from a British tradition of charitable giving on the day after Christmas, December 26. The Oxford English Dictionary dates its first usage to the mid 1700s, and around this time, Boxing Day was marked by the gifting of Christmas boxes to service people from their wealthy employers.

These days, Boxing Day is a very different affair that’s closely associated with sport, shopping and eating leftovers from Christmas lunch. In New Zealand and some Commonwealth countries, Boxing Day sales are the last major shopping event of the year, as retailers look to shift older stock to make way for newer models. In recent years however, the American shopping import of Black Friday sales has become bigger than Boxing Day.

Boxing Day sales: our predictions

The Boxing Day sales are a good opportunity for retailers to clear out older stock, which means it’s a fantastic time for shoppers to find a bargain. While we might not see discounts on the latest models, December 26 is still likely to bring savings on items that appear in our best-of guides.

TV deals

Boxing Day sales are a good time to pick up a discounted TV. TheMarket, Harvey Norman, Noel Leeming and PB Tech could be the retailers to watch, and there’s a decent chance that they will also price match each other. If this is the case, check if TheMarket is offering a discount coupon code – you’ll get a little extra off this way.

The Boxing Day sales have traditionally been a good time to pick up the latest releases from the year – think stunning OLEDs or QLED displays. The newest features tend to trickle down to the cheaper models too, so if you're looking for something a bit more affordable, then you should be well catered for.

We think the best TV you can buy right now is the Samsung S90C (pictured below) and we’re hoping it gets a discount on Boxing Day. However, we didn’t see any standout deals on TVs during Black Friday in November, so we have our doubts that Boxing Day can bring something better.

Samsung S90C

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Computing and laptop deals

While Black Friday is typically thought of as the best time of year to pick up a discounted laptop or PC, we definitely wouldn’t rule out Boxing Day as a close contender. Leading retailers will absolutely be looking to compete on everything from basic Chromebooks to lavish gaming laptops – and not just to shift old stock either.

We expect manufacturers such as HP and Lenovo to offer competitive deals on their websites, while Amazon Australia and PB Tech are top retailers to watch.

So what laptops should you look out for? Well, the Apple MacBook Air 15-inch (2023) was discounted by NZ$400 on Black Friday in a deal that came from PB Tech. If you missed out then and you’re keen for a new MacBook, it’s absolutely worth looking out for a similar offer.

Black Friday also saw up to 45% off laptops at HP, and up to 39% off at Lenovo.This gave shoppers access to huge savings on 13th-gen Intel laptops and gaming machines that came equipped with Nvidia RTX 40-series graphics cards. We’re hoping for similar savings available this Boxing Day.