about New Zealand : Money & Costs

Money & Costs

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.

Money can be exchanged at banks which are open from 9:30am to 4.30 pm (Monday - Friday) 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. Altough if you are carrying more than $10,000 in cash when arriving or departing you are required to complete a border cash report.

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 (Maestro, Cirrus) cards are more commonly used than credit cards and almost all businesses accept this method of payment.

Basic Supermarked Items

Item Cost
Chicken 1.7kg $9.00
Lamb shoulder chops $17 kg
Sirloin steak $25 kg
Tarakihi fillets (fish $33 kg
Eggs $4 doz
Milk $2.32 litre / $3.43 2l
Cheese $5 500 grams Cheedar
Ice Cream $7.00 2 litres of Tip Top
Potatoes $3 kg
Oranges $4 kg
Lettice $3.50 Iceburg
Baked beans $1.50 420 gram can
Bread $3.30 a loaf
Batteries $5 4x AA eveready / $7.00 Basic Energizer AA

Alcohol & Cigarettes

Item Cost
Beer 15 x 330ml Speights $25.00
Pint of Beer $7.50+
Wine obviously depends but about $12 at the supermarket for a cheapish bottle
Cigarretes $26 pack of 20
Tobacco a 30-gram pouch of tobacco $56

Take Aways

Item Cost
Fish and Chips $6.00
Pizza $16
Pie (Petrol Station) $4.20
KFC 2 piece quarter pack $9.50
McDonalds Big Mac Meal $9.40