Currency

New Zealand dollar ($)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than $150

  • Dorm beds or campsites: $25−40 per night
  • Main course in a budget eatery: less than $15
  • InterCity or Naked Bus pass: 15 hours or five trips $125−159

Midrange: $150–250

  • Double room in a midrange hotel/motel: $110–200
  • Main course in a midrange restaurant: $15–32
  • Car rental: from $40 per day

Top End: More than $250

  • Double room in an upmarket hotel: from $200
  • Three-course meal in a classy restaurant: $80
  • Domestic flight Auckland to Christchurch: from $100

Bargaining

Haggling and bargaining aren't traditionally part of commercial culture in NZ. The only circumstances where you might have some luck are farmers markets (chipping a couple of dollars off the price of a big bag of kiwifruit at the end of the day) or large private purchases (buying a local guy's car for a knock-down price).

Money

There's an ATM outside the West Coast Wildlife Centre on Cowan St, and the postal agency is located at Glacier Motors.