New Zealand Currency

New Zealand Currency

New Zealand's unit of currency is the dollar (NZ$). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely, followed by American Express and Diners Club. Visit for more information and a currency converter.

There are no restrictions on how much cash international travellers can carry into New Zealand. However, if you are carrying more than NZ$10,000, you will be required to complete a Border Cash Report.


In New Zealand, banks are usually open between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Selected banks will be also open on Saturday mornings, particularly those located in large cities. ATMs are widely available across New Zealand.

Price Guide

Prices will vary depending across New Zealand, and from business to business. However, as a general guide, you should expect the following average prices:

  • Dinner: NZ$25 to NZ$70 for a main meal
  • Sandwich: NZ$5 to NZ$10
  • Cafe lunch: NZ$10 to $25
  • An international postcard stamp: NZ$1.90
  • McDonald’s Big Mac: NZ$5.10
  • Cappuccino: NZ$3.50 to $4.50
  • Milk (2 litre carton): NZ$2.50
  • Loaf of bread: NZ$2.60

Travellers’ Cheques

Travellers’ cheques in the major currencies (British pounds, Australian dollars, US dollars or Euros) can be easily exchanged, or used at hotels and banks.