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Currency

New Zealand’s unit of currency is the dollar (NZ$). All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard most widely.

Currency Exchange

Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at the airport and in the city centre.

Goods and Services Tax

All goods and services are subject to a 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST) included in the displayed price.

Tipping and Service Charges

Tipping for good service or kindness is at the discretion of the visitor; it is not obligatory. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.

Weather

The meteorological seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere. In June it will be late fall, so the temperatures will be moderate at around 12 – 16°C (53 – 61°F). In New Zealand, winter begins on June 22nd. You can expect abundant sunshine, as it only rains for about 15 days in the winter season.

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