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cash, credit cards or traveller's cheques?

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cash, credit cards or traveller's cheques?

Hi

We're staying in Rarotonga for 8 nights and Aitutaki for 4. Most of our expenses will be food, expect to be eating out each evening.

Just wondering if its best to come armed with sufficient NZ dollars to pay for everything in cash, or bring a bit and pay most meals with a credit card?

Do many restaurants accept credit cards, if they do will the rate be not so good?

Is credit card acceptance lower on Aitutaki?

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Credit cards are accepted at MOST places. Two problems, though: (1) depending on the bank of issue, the transaction fees can be rather steep. (2) Some places charge a surcharge for using your card because the card company charges businesses what seems like more that in the States or Canada. We have always taken NZ$ and paid for everything(except car rental) even our room charges. Chuck...

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Thanks

What do you think is a rough idea of how much to budget for each day - maybe buying some food for 2 people from the store for breakfast and lunch, and then dinner in the evening with maybe just one or two glasses of wine?

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Not counting lodging, in the past we have budgeted around $75NZ/day. Some days we spent $0 and some over out $75. In the end, we came home with $250NZ cash. And don't forget the departure tax of $30.00 each adult, payable(I believe) in cash. We have always gone th the bank on our first or second day and got our departure tax cards and put them in the safe. That way, no need to worry about them at the end. Chuck...

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I've got a lot of $100 bills, are there any problems with places accepting large bills?

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