Join the party in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, with over 800 known spoken languages. English, Tok Pisin (Pidgin) and Hiri Motu are the official languages spoken, but an array of other dialects can be heard throughout the country. Together with its rich linguistic heritage, Papua New Guinea also has lush jungles, tranquil beaches and native wildlife, all within a stone’s throw of Australia. Exchange your Aussie dollars for Papua New Guinean kinas and prepare for an exotic experience.
Whether you want to put your fitness to the test on the famous Kokoda Track or soak up the striking natural beauty of the mainland, travellers are drawn to Papua New Guinea for both its land and sea attractions. If hiking through the jungle sounds a little too strenuous for your liking, there are also plenty of beautiful beaches with perfect conditions for surfing and snorkelling.
To make the most of your time in this untouched archipelago, you’ll need to keep some Papua New Guinean kina handy on your travels.
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Pick up locally
With over 140 convenient store locations across Australia, you can securely pick up your Papua New Guinean Kina with no hassles.
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Coins and notes
For such a multi-lingual country, Papua New Guinea currency is relatively simple to understand. The Papua New Guinean kina is divided into 100 toea (so a toea is equivalent to a cent, and a kina is equivalent to a dollar). Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c and $1 denominations. Papua New Guinean banknotes are circulated in $2, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 kina denominations.
Facts about the currency
- Introduced in 1975, the kina replaced the Australian dollar as Papua New Guinea’s currency.
- The term Kina comes from the Tolai area of Kuanua and refers to a precious pearl shell widely used in the area for buying and selling.
- There are currently no restrictions in place when entering Papua New Guinea with kina or other foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding PGK 20,000 or equivalent must be declared.