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New Zealand - NZ Dollar - Currency Guide


Foreign exchange guide to New Zealand and the NZ Dollar (NZD)


General Currency Info - NZ Dollar

The New Zealand dollar is informally called the ‘kiwi’ by foreign exchange traders and analysts due to the kiwi bird, which is native to New Zealand, being something of a national symbol for the country. The kiwi bird is also depicted on New Zealand’s one-dollar coin.

Although the New Zealand dollar is considered one of the eight FX ‘majors’, it is actually only the world’s eleventh most traded currency. Further to the other seven majors – the US dollar, euro, yen, pound, Australian dollar, Canadian dollar and Swiss franc – the New Zealand dollar also falls behind the Mexican peso, the Chinese yuan and the Swedish krona in its share of the foreign exchange market (around 2%). The currencies of China and Mexico are not considered majors due to their emerging market status, while the krona’s market share has only exceeded that of the New Zealand dollar fairly recently (in 2016, according to the Bank for International Settlements) and is therefore not yet considered ahead of New Zealand’s currency.

In the past two decades, the New Zealand dollar’s lowest value against the US dollar occurred in October 2000 when the NZD/USD exchange rate traded at just 0.3901. The currency’s two-decade high occurred in August 2011 when NZD/USD reached 0.8842.

Among the majors, the New Zealand dollar is considered a riskier currency, which means that its value will fall against the larger majors (especially JPY, USD, CHF, GBP and EUR) during periods of economic uncertainty or when global geopolitical risk is elevated, or during bouts of high market volatility.


NZD News, Forecasts and Trends

Growing fears of the coronavirus outbreak has moved the market into safer currencies such as the USD and away from AUD, NZD and CAD.

The threat of proxy war between the US and Iran in Iraq also pared back some of the gains the Kiwi had made coming into the New Year.

In December the New Zealand dollar has climbed back to US$0.66 it's highest value since July.

Against the Australian dollar, jumped to A$0.96 after being as low as A$0.92 in early November before starting a strong recovery upto current levels above A$0.95.

Robbing New Zealand's currency of better gains in 2019 have been reduced risk appetite spurred on by an escalation in the US-China trade standoff, and high correlations with other weak currencies, including the Australian dollar and yuan.

For more NZD currency market forecasts you can read the full article NZ Dollar Forecasts. The below interactive chart shows the NZD to HKD exchange rate, trend and recent alerts for the last 90 days.

Recent NZD to HKD 90-day trend
NZD/HKD at 5.0988 was trading 5.7% above AVG:4.8247 with LO:4.5421 and HI:5.0988 (90 days). ALERT: NZD/HKD rose to 90-DAY HIGHS.

NZ Dollar to Hong Kong Dollar - Historical Rates

NZD/HKD rateChangePeriod
03 Jul 2020 : 5.06410.6% ▲1 Week
10 Jun 2020 : 5.04561% ▲30 Days
11 Apr 2020 : 4.71678% ▲90 Days
11 Jul 2019 : 5.21072.2% ▼1 Year
12 Jul 2015 : 5.20012% ▼5 Years
13 Jul 2010 : 5.57228.5% ▼10 Years
NZD/HKD 10 year historic rates & changes to 10-Jul-2020 : 5.0958

HK$1,000 HKD
NZ$196.23 NZD

Converted at HKD/NZD wholesale exchange rate, compare foreign transfer and spend/travel exchange rates.


Hong Kong Dollar to NZ Dollar - Quick Conversions

HK$ 1 NZ$ 0.1962
HK$ 5 NZ$ 0.9810
HK$ 10 NZ$ 1.9620
HK$ 20 NZ$ 3.9240
HK$ 50 NZ$ 9.8100
HK$ 100 NZ$ 19.62
HK$ 250 NZ$ 49.05
HK$ 500 NZ$ 98.10
HK$ 1,000 NZ$ 196.20
HK$ 2,000 NZ$ 392.40
HK$ 5,000 NZ$ 981.00
HK$ 10,000 NZ$ 1,962
HK$ 50,000 NZ$ 9,810
HK$ 100,000 NZ$ 19,620
More amounts
HK$ 5.0961 NZ$ 1
HK$ 25.48 NZ$ 5
HK$ 50.96 NZ$ 10
HK$ 101.92 NZ$ 20
HK$ 254.81 NZ$ 50
HK$ 509.61 NZ$ 100
HK$ 1,274 NZ$ 250
HK$ 2,548 NZ$ 500
HK$ 5,096 NZ$ 1,000
HK$ 10,192 NZ$ 2,000
HK$ 25,481 NZ$ 5,000
HK$ 50,961 NZ$ 10,000
HK$ 254,805 NZ$ 50,000
HK$ 509,610 NZ$ 100,000
More amounts

Frequently Asked Questions


What currency should I use in New Zealand?

The domestic currency in New Zealand is the NZ Dollar.

What is the NZ Dollar currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the NZ Dollar is NZD — symbol is NZ$.

Which countries use the NZ Dollar?

It is the domestic currency in    New Zealand,   Cook Islands,   Niue,   Pitcairn and Tokelau.

Is the NZ Dollar a closed currency?

No, the NZ Dollar is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?


Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for New Zealand

New Zealand is a popular destination and is inexpensive and offers a lot of ways to save money. The locals are friendly and helpful. Getting around by bus is also fairly cheap, however eating out can be expensive so budget travelers may want to learn to cook. Getting around with flights is also fairly expensive as there is not much competition among airlines.

Credit cards are accepted across the country and ATMs are frequently available in cities and towns, though some of New Zealand's highlights are in its beautiful countryside. If you prefer not to carry your main credit card on you at all times a Prepaid Travel Card can be useful to purchase before arrival.


Travel money for New Zealand

Save money and time by Ordering your NZ Dollars online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the NZD cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in NZ Dollars otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


Sending money to New Zealand

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to New Zealand you need to start with finding out the latest NZ Dollar exchange rate for foreign-transfers, which can be very different to the wholesale rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save - we make that calculation easy in the below table.

Get a better deal for foreign transfers to New Zealand

When sending money to New Zealand it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or NZ Dollar amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted NZD amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in New Zealand.

Use the above Send to NZ Dollars calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more NZ Dollars deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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