This article was updated on January 24th 2018.

Best Places to Travel Right Now on the Strong New Zealand Dollar

International travel is now cheaper than ever. Overseas flights have never been more affordable, and it’s up to you whether you opt for budget-friendly accommodation or go 5-star all the way. However some countries offer considerably more bang for the New Zealand dollar right now, thanks to the strong New Zealand dollar.

Here are five wallet-friendly countries where you’ll get more bang for your NZD, so your Kiwi dollars will stretch even further on holiday.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a perennially popular destination, with many Kiwis being repeat visitors to this exciting East Asian location. Whether you’re thinking of visiting for the first time or tenth time, now’s the time to go - a Hong Kong getaway is more affordable than ever. Look out for airfare sales, accommodation and cruise offers for an even better deal that will give you even more Hong Kong dollars for shopping, entertainment and dim sum, of course!

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With so many flights to Los Angeles available with a whole fleet of premium airlines, the increased competition means even cheaper airfares so New Zealanders travelling to the USA are the real winners. The strong New Zealand dollar against the USD means you'll get way more in your back pocket. Look out for accommodation and touring deals to get more bang for your buck Stateside, plus a better exchange rate means more opportunities to explore more of the USA. Start spreading the news…



An emerging destination that’s gaining popularity with many Kiwis looking for an alternative to the obvious Southeast Asian countries, Vietnam has much to offer travellers with delectable cuisine, river cruising itineraries, lush countryside and buzzing cities. Not to mention the bragging rights that you scored Vietnam spending money for less with great prices from Travel Money NZ!



With proximity and price a big plus, Bali has long been the go-to for New Zealand travellers in search of sun, surf and Bintang. Low-cost carriers offer competitive airfares and multiple weekly flights to Bali and Jakarta, and affordable accommodation options range from hotels to resorts and villas to share with friends or family so there’s plenty of options to holiday here all year round. 



Japan is a bucket-list destination wish for many, and there’s no need to wait for ‘someday’ to see historic sights like the Golden Pavilion, Asakusa Kannon Temple and and the World Heritage listed Todaiji, Toshogu Shrine and Himeji Castle. Keep an eye out for discounted airfares, tours, cruises and accommodation to make the most of the strong Kiwi dollar in Japan.


While the Kiwi dollar has been on the rise against some currencies since earlier this year, there are may global political and economic factors that are affecting other countries and currencies at the moment, so this list is always fluctuating. 

If you’re on a budget when it comes to planning your next holiday, it's a good idea to sort your travel budget ahead of time, take the costs of airfares and accommodation into account, and consider exchange rates in your trip research. You can chat to our FXperts at Travel Money NZ at any time about how to protect yourself against exchange rate volatility, and what destinations might get you the most bang for your buck!