New Zealand dollar ($)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than $150

  • Dorm bed: $23-40
  • Bowl of noodles or a kebab: $10–15
  • Entry to Te Papa or Mt Victoria Lookout: free!
  • Local bus or train ticket: $2–5

Midrange: $150–300

  • Double motel room: from $130
  • Main course in a midrange restaurant: $15–32
  • Local live band: $10
  • Short taxi trip: $10–20

Top end: More than $300

  • Double room in a top-end hotel: from $200
  • Three-course meal in a classy restaurant: $80
  • Long night drinking in the bars and clubs: $100
  • Harbour sailing trip: $40


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).


Major banks with ATMs are scattered around town, with clusters along Courtenay Pl, Willis St and Lambton Quay.