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New Zealand's unit of currency is the dollar (NZD$).

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, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely, followed by American Express and Diners Club.

Exchange Rates

You can calculate the value of your currency in NZ Dollars using the newzealand.com currency converter. The rate you are offered in your home country is likely to differ slightly.

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.
Currency values

What things cost in New Zealand

Here is a general guide of what you can expect to pay in New Zealand for a few common items.

A hotel breakfast: NZ$15-$40
Dinner: NZ$25-$70 per main meal
Lunch snack/sandwich: NZ$5-$10
Cafe lunch: NZ$10-$25
A postcard stamp to anywhere abroad: NZ$1.90
Big Mac Hamburger: NZ$5.10
Cappuccino: NZ$3.50-$4.50

Tipping and Service Charges

Tipping in New Zealand is not obligatory - even in restaurants and bars. However, tipping for good service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.

Goods and Services Tax

All goods and services are subject to a 15 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.

Swedish Rounding

Due to the discontinuation of 1c, 2c and 5c pieces, purchases made in New Zealand are subject to "rounding" of amounts either up or down. The Reserve Bank believes most retailers are adopting the Swedish Rounding System. Under this system prices, ending in 1 to 4 cents will be rounded down and prices ending in 6 to 9 cents will be rounded up.

For example, a purchase of $15.14 would be rounded down to $15.10, and a purchase of $15.16 would be rounded up to $15.20.

It is at the retailer’s discretion how they handle prices ending in 5 cents.

Credit cards with "Smart Card" technology

Smart cards are payment cards that carry an embedded microchip allowing them to store encrypted, confidential information, and carry multiple applications from different industries alongside debit, credit, or prepaid payment applications. Please note these cards, which often have no magnetic strip, are generally accepted anywhere in New Zealand that has credit card facilities.

Travellers Cheques

NZ$ travellers cheques are available for purchase in some countries. However travellers cheques in any of the major currencies (Brittish pound, Euro, US dollar, Australian dollar) can be exchanged into New Zealand dollars on arrival. NZ$ travellers cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores.

Source: Tourism New Zealand