More than 70,000 hopeful children (and adults!) have already called Telecom’s Santaline on 0800 222 222 to ensure their wish lists are received by the North Pole in time for the big day. The nationwide toll free line, direct to Santa, has been running red hot since it opened on 27 November.
Santa says each year he, Mrs Claus, and the elves look forward to seeing what gift is most requested.
“Last year the most popular request was gaming equipment for boys and mobile phones for girls. We’re keen to hear what Kiwi boys and girls will be looking for under their Christmas trees this year,” says Santa.
Those travelling to Auckland or Wellington during December should also include a visit to the Telecom Trees in the itinerary. Located at the base of the Trees are dedicated Santaline phone boxes with a direct connection to the North Pole.
The Auckland Telecom Tree is in Western Park, Ponsonby and the Wellington Tree is in Waitangi Park on the waterfront. Each Tree is 27 metres high (about seven storeys) and is constructed from 375,000 lights to give 16 million possible colour combinations.
And Christchurch doesn't miss out. To accompany the Christmas Tree being put up in Cathedral Square dedicated Telecom Santaline phone boxes will be installed and live from 8 December.
More than 950,000 Kiwi kids called Santaline last year. However, you can also submit your wish list online at santaline.co.nz.