Currency in New Zealand


The New Zealand currency is the dollar, and the exchange rate is approximately $1US = $1.89NZ.  To find the most up-to-the-minute New Zealand currency exchange rates, go to Currency Converter.

Sample prices

Make sure you budget for your trip so you can eat, see and do as much as you want.  Here are a few sample prices to help you budget in New Zealand money:

  • Tui beer = $4
  • A fish and some hot chips = $5
  • A pair of ‘jandals’ (flip flops) = $20
  • Maori greenstone necklace = $50
  • Bungy jump off the SkyTower in Auckland = $175-$195
  • Average room prices = $30 for cheap accommodation, $70 for mid-range and $150 for something flash!
  • Average meal prices = $10 for a meal in a food court, $20 for a mid-range restaurant, $30 and upward for a classy joint.

These prices are in New Zealand dollars, are correct as of 4/02/09 and are subject to change.


There is no obligation to tip in New Zealand – even in a restaurant or bar.  Tipping is at the discretion of the visitor and you could tip a dollar or two if you’re happy with the service. Hotels and restaurants don’t add a service charge to their bills.


Banks are open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, with some banks in the center of town open on Saturday mornings. All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, and traveler’s cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores. 

*The Fine Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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