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Currency information

Code NZD
Symbol $
Cents & dollars - 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2
Dollars - $5, $10, $20, $50, $100

Welcome to New Zealand!

From beaches to snow-skiing, ancient culture to modern architecture. New Zealand might be our little cuz across the dutch, but in so many ways, they’re ahead of us. Their snowy mountains are WAY better than ours – and sadly, so are their rugby players. But we’ll never admit that. Never.

ATM access

5/5 stars – There’s 60 ATMs per 100,000 Kiwis, less than half the ratio of us Aussies. But their reduced ATM access is more than covered by their increased sheep access.


Not the norm, but not against the rules!

Plan your New Zealand holiday budget

This nifty little tool will help you work out the actual real costs of holidaying in New Zealand. It's using crowd sourced data of on the ground costs, so is a lot more accurate than using an arbitrary amount to budget for each day. Give it a go!

Daily cost

Trips may cost more if you want  to visit Hobbiton.

Coffee:  AU$4.10 (long black)
Water:  AU$2.20 (from supermarkets)
Beer:  AU$5 (even less at happy hour!)
Food:  AU$12 (classic fish ‘n’ chips)
Taxi:  AU$30 (Wellington airport – city)
Big Mac:  AU$5.80 (about the same as Oz)

Daily budget

Budget:  Around AU$80/day (2 cheap meals, very cheap   accommodation, and free sight-seeing)
Moderate:  Around AU$150/day (3 cheap meals, half-decent   accommodation and a cheap attraction)
Luxury:  Around AU$200/day (Hit the slopes, it’s   skiing time!!)

Safety rating

5/5 stars - Safety skyrocketed in 2012 when the New Zealanders ditched their weird ‘give way’ rule when turning into a side-road. Now, road rules are almost identical to Australia’s.

Travel Money Trivia

Hey big spinder!
Make sure to declare it if you bring over $10,000 into NZ.
Heavy cent-ence
You legally can’t spend more than $5 with just 10c pieces.
G’day mate!
If you get a nice shopkeeper, AUD coins might be accepted.
Kiwis & Cents
They almost called their dollar the ‘kiwi’
Bye bye little bro!
The kiwis have already ditched the 5c piece.

Let's talk money

A good holiday in New Zealand doesn’t need to break the bank. Whether you’re checking out the Bay of Islands up north or Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers in the south, there’s some handy tips that’ll keep your cash as cool as the climate!

  • Know the fines on ‘whitebaiting’
  • Auckland is NZ’s most pricey city
  • ‘Wh’ is pronounced ‘f’
  • i-Sites can help if you’re lost
  • Always prior-book accommodation
  • Account for souvenirs in your budget
  • Taxi fares can add up thanks to slower, one-way bridges.

Must do

Milford Sound   
Waterfalls, islands, coastal scenery, every great tourist-y view all in one place!
Yes, that’s right. Go ahead and visit the movie set, and immerse yourself in Lord of the Rungs culture!
Sky Tower
Enjoy lunch with 80km views of the North Island from the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest free-standing structure.
Do you find zoos a little small? Kaikoura is basically a zoo the size of 70% of the planet’s surface!
It’s a quiet, comfortable city – that someone injected with pure adrenaline. Skiing, bungee jumping, it’s all here!

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Travel Money Oz has sought to ensure that the information is true and correct at the time of publication. Prices, details and services are subject to change without notice, and Travel Money Oz accepts no responsibility or liability for any such changes, including any loss resulting from any action taken or reliance made by you on any information provided. Daily Cost: All prices are approximations. Your costs may differ depending on where you go, where you shop, and their individual factors. Daily Budget: Costs are estimated per person and do not include accommodation.