New Zealand Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
Eat Drink 1
malaria no
typhus no
cholera no
yellow fever no


Healthcare in New Zealand is good. Medical and dental treatments are chargeable for foreign visitors. It is recommended to bring urgently needed medication with you. It should be noted that in the case of medicines containing narcotics, the corresponding prescriptions or original packaging must be carried with you (customs regulations). It is recommended to take out travel health insurance and travel repatriation insurance. In the event of illness, a general practitioner must first be consulted, who will then, if necessary, arrange for referral to a specialist. Check ebizdir for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] Drinking water is not dangerous. Milk is pasteurized and, like local dairy products, meat, poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables, is safe to consume.

Other risks

The standard vaccinations for children and adults recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (including against tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, measles, rubella, pneumococci, poliomyelitis and influenza) should be refreshed before the trip if necessary. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general. UV radiation in New Zealand is very high and can cause skin damage. Sun protection through skin-covering clothing and sunscreen (SPF > 20) is therefore absolutely necessary.

Health certificate

For long-term stays, a health certificate and an HIV test in English are required.



1 New Zealand dollar = 100 cents. Currency code: NZ$, NZD (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of NZ$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of NZ$2 and 1, and 50, 20 and 10 cents.

Credit cards

American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard and Visa are accepted almost everywhere. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card.


Girocard automatic teller machines (ATM) can be found everywhere and can be used in some places with the Girocard with the Maestro symbol and with major credit cards everywhere. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers Checks should be made out in US Dollars or Euros. They are accepted in New Zealand in some banks and exchange offices in the cities.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 9.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Foreign exchange regulations

No restrictions, but a Border Cash Report is required for imports and exports of amounts (including checks and securities) with an equivalent value of NZ$10,000 or more.

Currency Exchange

Foreign currency can be exchanged anywhere in New Zealand, with banks usually offering a better rate.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
NZD NZ$ 1 EUR = 1.51 NZ$
1 CHF = 1.79 NZ$
1 USD = 1.44 NZ$

New Zealand Money