New Zealand’s unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Coins have values of 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2; notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought in or taken out of New Zealand. However, every person who carries more than NZ$10,000 in cash in or out of New Zealand is required to complete a Border Cash Report.
Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centres.
All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. Travellers Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores.
You can calculate the value of your currency in NZ Dollars using the currency converter on this page. The rate you are offered in your home country is likely to differ slightly.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand provides a monthly online summary of the New Zealand Dollar’s average value against the US Dollar, the Pound, the Australian Dollar, the Yen and the Euro.
Banks are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Some banks are open on Saturdays in shopping malls.
Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are widely available at banks, along main shopping streets and in malls.
International credit cards and ATM cards will work as long as they have a four-digit PIN encoded. Check with your bank before leaving home.
All goods and services are subject to a 12.5 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) included in the displayed price. Visitors cannot claim this tax back, however when a supplier ships a major purchase to a visitor’s home address the GST will not be charged.
Here is a general guide of what you can expect to pay in New Zealand for a few common items (Approx):
A hotel breakfast NZ$20- $25
Dinner (3-course, no wine) NZ$30 – $50
Lunch snack/sandwich NZ$9 – $15
Cafe lunch NZ$20 – $25
A postcard stamp to anywhere abroad NZ$1.50
Big Mac Hamburger NZ$4.95
Cappuccino NZ$3.50 – $4
New Zealanders do not expect tips for normal service – even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping for extra special service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.
NZ$ travellers cheques are not available for purchase.
International visitors who wish to travel to New Zealand with travellers cheques should bring a major currency type of travellers cheque with them in the future.
For travel to our region AUS$ travellers cheques can be purchased.