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Money and costs

New Zealand Dollars ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 19, 2018 5:30AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Double room in an upmarket hotel: from $200
  • Three-course meal in a classy restaurant: $80
  • Domestic flight Auckland to Christchurch: from $100

Credit cards are used for most purchases in NZ, and are accepted in most hotels and restaurants. ATMs are widely available in cities and larger towns.


Tipping is completely optional in NZ.

Guides Your kayaking guide or tour group leader will happily accept tips; up to $10 is fine.

Restaurants The total on your bill is all you need to pay (though sometimes a service charge is factored in). If you like, reward good service with 5% to 10%.

Taxis If you round up your fare, don't be surprised if the driver hands back your change.