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Money and costs

New Zealand Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated July 20, 2017 10:11AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm beds or campsites: $25−38 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
  • Double room in a midrange hotel/motel: $120–200
  • Main course in a midrange restaurant: $15–32
  • Hire a car and explore further: from $30 per day
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: from $200
  • Three-course meal in a classy restaurant: $80
  • Domestic flight Auckland to Christchurch: from $100

ATMs are widely available in cities and larger towns. Credit cards accepted in most hotels and restaurants.


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.