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Money and costs

Currency
New Zealand Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated July 02, 2015 7:25AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
$130
  • Dorm beds or campsites: $25−35 per night
  • Main course in a budget eatery: less than $15
  • Explore NZ with a Naked Bus or InterCity bus pass: five trips from $151
Midrange
$130–250
  • Double room in a midrange hotel/motel: $100–200
  • Main course in a midrange restaurant: $15–32
  • Hire a car and explore further: starting at $30 per day
Top end (more than)
$250
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: from $200
  • Three-course meal in a classy restaurant: $80
  • Domestic flight Auckland to Christchurch: from $100

Tipping

Tipping is completely optional in NZ – the total at the bottom of a restaurant bill is all you need to pay (note that sometimes there’s an additional service charge). That said, it’s totally acceptable to reward good service – between 5% and 10% of the bill is fine.