Anyone wanting to pop out for a meal on Waitangi Day can easily avoid surcharges on the public holiday.
Most of the cafes and restaurants spoken to by The Daily Post said they wouldn't be charging a surcharge on Waitangi Day or any other public holiday because they covered those days in their annual budgets.
Of the 28 cafes or restaurants called, only one said they would have a surcharge, two didn't want to comment, four would close for the day and the rest said they wouldn't add a surcharge.
The duty manager at Capers Epicurean, who didn't want to be named, told The Daily Post they charged a 15 per cent surcharge to cover operating costs. The duty manager also said they wouldn't open until 9am tomorrow.
Fat Dog Cafe and Bar manager Martin Kroese said they "never do a surcharge".
"The main reason is, A; because we incorporate the costs of time-and-a-half into our budgets every year," Mr Kroese said.
He also didn't think a surcharge was fair to their customers.
John Knight, who owns Triple 1 Five, said he also incorporated the costs involved with public holidays throughout the year.
"It's [a surcharge] just not necessary," he said.
Mr Knight believed it was a popular move too.
"I do know there is more and more not having them [surcharges]. That seems to be the trend."
All cafe and restaurant owners can set a surcharge on public holidays. The Commerce Commission says an employer may be entitled to impose a surcharge on any day when employees must get more than a normal day's pay.
Surcharges date back to 2003 when the Labour Government changed the Holidays Act, which raised the cost of employing people on statutory days.
Capers Epicurean - Surcharge of 15 per cent
Robert Harris Cafe - Did not want to comment
Lewishams - Closed on public holidays
Third Place Cafe - Closed on public holidays
Le Cafe de Paris - Closed
Abracadabra - Was not open for business yesterday when we called
Katsubi - No surcharge
Ciccio Italian Cafe - Did not want to comment
Triple 1 Five - No Surcharge on public holiday
Hennessy's Irish Bar - No surcharge on public holidays
Shed Bar - No surcharge on public holidays
McDonald's - No surcharge
Pizza Hutt Dine-in Restaurant - No surcharge
Lime Caffeteria - No surcharge on public holidays
Fat Dog Cafe & Bar - No surcharge on public holidays
Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant - No surcharge
Lady Janes - No surcharge
Seismic Gastrobar - No surcharge
Atlas Restaurant (Novotel) - No surcharge on public holidays
Cafe Ephesus - No charge on public holidays
Solace Cafe and Restaurant - No surcharge
Macs Steaks - No surcharge on public holidays
Pig and Whistle - No surcharge
Mecca Kebabs - No surcharge on public holidays
Zippy Central - No surcharge
Lone Star - No surcharge
Great Kiwi Ale House - Closed
Urbano Bistro - Closed
How do you feel about surcharges on public holidays?
This poll ended on 28 February 2013.
I refuse to pay them
I don't mind paying extra for quality service
Surcharges don't worry me at all
I don't like paying extra but understand why
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.