New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Coins have values of 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2; notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
The safest way to carry larger amounts of money is in the form of a credit or debit card. "Plastic" payment is widely accepted across the nation - in shops, restaurants, hotels, petrol stations and a wide network of ATMs.
Any card connected to the international banking network (Cirrus, Maestro, Plus and Eurocard) should work with your regular PIN. Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted almost everywhere, whilst Diners Club is not as widely accepted. A minimum purchase may be required to use your credit card in some shops.
Foreign currency and travellers cheques can be exchanged at banks, travel exchanges and hotels in the major centres. Banks in New Zealand are open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm and are normally closed at weekends. Check www.xe.com/currencyconverter/ or your local bank for current exchange rates. Amounts of NZ$10,000 or more (or foreign currency equivalent) must be declared on arrival and departure.