How to get your New Zealand Dollars

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Paying for things in New Zealand

Cash or card?

Credit card is widely accepted in shops and hotels across the country. Debit cards will be less likely to be accepted than credit cards, particularly in more rural communities. ATMs are also widely available in cities and towns.

If you’re travelling to a city in NZ, you shouldn’t need much cash, but it’s a good idea to have a small amount with you for small purchases like at markets, ice cream stands or roadside fruit stalls. If you’re exploring New Zealand’s natural landscapes outside of the cities, you should definitely take a bit more cash.


Tipping is optional in New Zealand, and not expected, even at restaurants. Service charge won’t be added to your bill, and you will probably find taxi drivers handing back your change if you round up your fare.

Some exceptions are:

  • Tour guides (up to $10)
  • Discretionary tips for extra good service or as a kindness (5-10%)

How many New Zealand dollars will I need?

Prices will vary depending on where you are in the country. Here's how much you can expect to pay for things in Auckland:

  • Three-course meal for 2 in a mid-range restaurant: 90 NZ$ (around £50) 
  • Bottle of beer: 10 NZ$ (£5) 
  • Glass of wine: 10-15 NZ$ (£5-8)
  • Cappuccino: 4.70 NZ$ (£2.50) 
  • Bottle of water: 3.10 NZ$ (£1.60) 

Find out more in our New Zealand travel money guide


Useful information about New Zealand Dollars

Exchange rate

£1 will get you around 2 New Zealand dollars, although this will go up and down depending on the market. Click here for the latest rates. 


Notes: 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 New Zealand dollars.

Coins: 1 and 2 dollars; 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.

Did you know: New Zealand's currency is commonly called 'kiwi', named after the country's national bird, which appears on its 1 dollar coins. 

Buy Back

Leftover New Zealand Dollars?

No problem. We'll buy back any notes you have leftover at excellent rates, leaving you with more cash in your pocket (and a tidier desk drawer).

We will buy back up to GBP300 worth of currency per order, as per our terms and conditions.

To request a buy back, email [email protected] with your order number. 


Need a different currency?

Whether you'd like your cash home delivered, or prefer to collect it in-store, we have more than 40 currencies on offer.

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