Currency: New Zealand's currency is the New Zealand dollar. New Zealand offers value for money, as the US dollar is stronger than the New Zealand dollar. Visit www.xe.com for current exchange rates. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks (hours are typically 9.00am to 4.30pm M-F), some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centers. Visit Travelex where you can order your foreign travel money online now, hassle free, and with convenient delivery or pick up options. Or visit International Currency Express, Inc. online at www.foreignmoney.com or call toll free (888) 278-6628.You may pay by check or credit card, and you will receive the currency that you purchase by UPS Second Day Air.
Can I use my Credit Card and/or ATM card in New Zealand? All major credit cards may be used in New Zealand. ATM cards can be used with four digit Personal Identification Numbers (PIN), and must have either Interlink, Star, Plus or Cirrus symbols. Money can be changed at banks, hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks throughout the country.*We also recommend calling your bank/credit card company to let them know you will be traveling overseas.
Tax (GST) New Zealand's Goods and Services Tax is currently 15%.
Cost of Common Items in New Zealand Dollars: - Cappucino/Latte: $3.50-$4.00 - Bottle of Beer: $6-$7 - Glass of Wine: $7-$12 - Cafe Lunch: $10 - $25 - Gas Fill-up for Economy Car: $80 - Postcard to USA: $1.50 - Can of Coke: $1.50 - Hotel Breakfast: $18 - 25
**Prices are approximate as of May 1, 2010 ***Please note the digital cameras and memory cards are much more expensive in New Zealand. Come prepared!