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Current exchange rate au$ to nz$

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Current exchange rate au$ to nz$

Not long now til our NZ holiday.

Was wondering if anyone can tell me the local rate of exchange at the moment in nz as I'm considering getting a cash card before I leave au to cover the cost of accommodation and car hire ( too much cash to carry) then bring some au$ to exchange in auk or CCH.

Are there any better options?

Thanks :)

1. Re: Current exchange rate au$ to nz$

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2. Re: Current exchange rate au$ to nz$

The cash cards sold in Australia are just a way of making more money from travellers. They are poor value, having high fees and/or a poor exchange rate.

Take a credit card for large purchases and the rental car, and a debit card to get money from ATMs out of your bank account, just like at home.

If your bank charges high fees for using your cards outside Australia, change your bank.

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3. Re: Current exchange rate au$ to nz$

Check out any NZ bank websites ie www.bnz.co.nz along the bottom of the page is currency/Fx rates; click on this, then click on the menu option calculator. Plug in your AUD amount to get the NZ amount.

or www.westpac.co.nz

Follow GlobalTravels advice - take small amout of cash and your ATM card. I use Australian Westpac ATM card at NZ Westpac ATMs. To make it worthwhile re the bank fee/Fx rates, withdraw NZD500 at a time. Be warned, most ATMs will only dispense NZD20 notes! Therefore use ATM that is attached to a bank then go inside the bank to get the $20 notes changed into $50 notes!

Definitely credit card required for car rental hire.

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4. Re: Current exchange rate au$ to nz$

Hi,

Great advice from the others. We use Westpac for the lack of fees and AMX for the travel insurance. I only ever change about $100.00 into NZ currency and we use Credit Cards to pay for everything. I always have cash left over at the end of each trip.

Cheers,

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5. Re: Current exchange rate au$ to nz$

$NZ current $A0.8880

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6. Re: Current exchange rate au$ to nz$

Thank you SO much everyone. Just got myself a visa debit with 2% conversion rate (cheaper than my 'big bank' visa @3%) Will follow above advice and NOT get travel card. Not really worth it.

Now to work out the cost of withdrawing from an ATM - I'll assume the big banks will have that info on their websites.

Thanks again. VALUABLE INFO!!

Edited: 30 September 2013, 04:48
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7. Re: Current exchange rate au$ to nz$

NAB charges $4 per withdrawal at NZ ATMs. We usually withdraw the maximum ($800NZ) at a time and pay cash for everything except the car. Banks rip you off with credit card charges. Then there are merchants that charge you a % for using a credit card, usually 2%. I'd rather spend the money on activities or a few extra nice dinners rather than on credit card exchange rate fees.

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