New Zealand money consists of the following denominations: $5,
$10, $20, $50 and $100 in notes and 10 cents ($.10),
20 cents ($.20), 50 cents ($.50), $1 and $2 in coins, ignore the 5c in the photo, it was taken out of circulation in 2004.
Money can be exchanged at banks which are open from 9am to 4.30
pm or bureaux de change which exist in the major tourist towns,
cities and also at airports. There are no restriction on the amount
of foreign currency or travellers checks that can be brought in
or taken out of New Zealand.
Credit cards are widely accepted including Visa, Mastercard,
American Express and Diners Club. The first two being more widely
excepted than the later two. EFTPOS is more commonly used than
credit cards and almost all businesses accept this method of payment.
Zealand currency calculator
The following is a rough guide as the cost of a loaf of bread
is going to be more expensive in a corner shop in Te Anau than
a major supermarket in Auckland.
Expect to spend around $8 - $10 per day on food if you are cooking
yourself and around $10 - $15 if eating takeaways. The below list was written in 2008. ( Latest supermarket prices
Tours and Activities
$90 - $140 for rafting or jetboating
$120 for whale watching
$140 for a bungy jump
$150 one day horse trek
$320 Tandem Skydive from 12000 feet
is free apart from the price of huts and private walks.
Rental Car: $30 - $50 per day (depending on season and the length
Buying a Car: $1500 (My 87 Honda Accord cost me $1500, previous
car 86 Mitsi Sigma
$600 Auto Trader, Trademe Online Auctions)
Both Islands Kiwi or Magic Bus pass: $700 - $1500
$1.99 litre petrol (April 08 - check Pricewatch for latest petrol prices)
$62+ for ferry crossing and about $180 for vehicle.
$35 Shuttle Christchurch - Picton (340 km)
$55 Shuttle Christchurch - Queenstown (486 km)
1 litre petrol gets you about 8 kilometers in distance.
NZ top to bottom is 2020km so ~$400 plus side trips etc about
$500 in petrol.
Zealand Distance Calculator
Thumbing it is reasonably save.
$20 Dorm bed
$25 Double/Twin per person
$14 Tent site per person.
free - $35 DoC Hut's
If you are planning to stay in new Zealand a few months you may
like to purchase either a VIP
discount card or BBH
club card. Or to save even more money buy yourself a tent
and camp along side one of the many excellent camping spots besides
the rivers, lakes and streams throughout the country.
If I missed anything out please contact