New Zealand Currency

Find out what currency is used in New Zealand, tips and tricks for New Zealand currency exchange, and how you can save money on your visit with the Wise New Zealand dollar card.
New Zealand currency

What is the currency in New Zealand?

The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar. Each New Zealand dollar is divided into 100 cents.

When you’re buying currency for New Zealand, look out for the currency code NZD. And once you’re in New Zealand, you’ll see the symbol $ used to show prices.

You’ll find New Zealand banknotes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 40 and 100. There are also 1 and 2 dollar coins.

The cent comes in coins of 10, 20 and 50.

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Use the Wise New Zealand dollar card to spend in New Zealand currency.

The Wise New Zealand dollar travel money card lets you top up in your local currency, and switch to New Zealand dollar to spend when you’re in New Zealand. You’ll get the best rate for spending in New Zealand dollar - and can also hold and spend 40+ other currencies with the same card.

Get your Wise travel money card online for free, to send and spend money around the world at the real exchange rate.

Simply top up your card and convert to the currency you need in real time using the Wise app.

You’ll always get the real exchange rate with no hidden costs, and you’ll avoid foreign transaction fees while withdrawing from ATMs abroad, paying in restaurants and shops, and buying your accommodation and flights.

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New Zealand currency card

Tips for exchanging currency in New Zealand.

Familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.
The mid-market rate is the true exchange rate - with no sneaky hidden fees. Use an online currency converter before your trip to get a feel for what your money is worth and make sure you get a fair rate when you buy your travel money.
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Choose to be charged in New Zealand currency when withdrawing from ATMs.
Being offered to pay in your own currency at an ATM is a sneaky trick and causes many travellers to pay more than they need to. Always choose to pay in the local currency - in this case, New Zealand dollar - to cut your costs and get the best rates available.
Avoid changing currency at airports or hotels.
Currency exchange desks at airports and hotels often markup the exchange rates they use, and may charge hidden fees. Avoid this expensive option whenever you can.
Use the Wise debit card to spend in New Zealand without rip-off fees.
Withdraw money, pay for meals in restaurants or spend in shops in New Zealand dollar, all at the real exchange rate with the Wise debit card.
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Spending money in New Zealand.

Paying by credit or debit card in New Zealand

You can pay by credit or debit card pretty much everywhere in New Zealand.

ATMs in New Zealand

ATMs are very common in New Zealand. Find them at most supermarkets, near banks and in petrol stations.

To get the best deal when spending on card or withdrawing money in New Zealand, don’t forget to use the Wise travel money card to avoid sneaky exchange rate markups and excessive fees.

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New Zealand currency services.

Convert GBP to New Zealand dollar

Use our currency converter to see how much your money is worth in New Zealand dollar and familiarise yourself with the mid-market rate before your trip.

Send money to New Zealand

Need to send GBP to New Zealand? Use Wise for fast, low-cost, and secure online money transfers from the United Kingdom to New Zealand.

See the best New Zealand dollar exchange rates

Compare live New Zealand dollar exchange rates and see how much you could save with Wise.

New Zealand currency FAQs.

Get your Wise debit card and save on your trip to New Zealand

Spend smart, save money. Avoid sneaky bank fees when travelling, with Wise.

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