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Best Places to Travel on the Strong New Zealand Dollar

24th January 2018

International travel has never been more affordable. Whether you want to opt for backpacker-friendly prices or go 5-star all the way, finding flights and accommodation to suit your budget is easy. However, some countries offer considerably more bang for the Australian buck.

If you’re trying to take advantage of a strong New Zealand dollar, here are five countries to visit to make the most of your NZD:

1. 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,it’s worth checking how the Kiwi dollar stacks up against the Hong Kong dollar before booking your trip. If you’re not sure what counts as a strong Kiwi dollar in the context of Hong Kong’s currency, anything above an exchange rate of 6.3 is pretty good. 


Look out for deals on airfares, accommodation and cruises to ensure you’re left with more Hong Kong dollars for shopping, entertainment and dim sum!

Check the current HKD to NZD exchange rate.


2. USA

With weekly flights to Los Angeles across a whole fleet of premium airlines, increased competition means cheaper airfares for Kiwis travelling to the USA. A better exchange rate will give you more opportunities for sightseeing, so why not sign up for currency alerts to ensure you don’t miss out on any unexpected surges in the New Zealand dollar? If you can squeeze at least 80 NZ cents out of a US dollar, consider it a win.

See how the Kisi dollar currently stacks up against USD.


3. Vietnam


An emerging destination that’s gaining popularity among Kiwis, Vietnam has much to offer. With delectable cuisine, river cruising itineraries, lush countryside and buzzing cities, it’s the perfect place to experience Southeast Asia.

Not sure when to book flights to Vietnam? While it’s always a fairly cheap destination, you’ll be able to get better value for money in Vietnam when one Australian dollar is worth over 18,000 Vietnamese dong. Not to mention the bragging rights that you scored a Vietnam holiday for less!

Take a look at the most up-to-date NZD to VND exchange rate.

4. Indonesia


With proximity and price a big plus, Bali has long been a go-to destination 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 resorts to budget backpackers.

Avoid missing out on a good Indonesian exchange rate by watching it closely.


5. China

Chinese travellers are one of New Zealand's top international visitors, so why not return the favour? You can experience some historic sites like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Army, or be thrilled by the modern skylines of Beijing and Shanghai. Keep an eye out for an exchange rate of at least 5.3 to get the most out of your spending money.

Wise up on the NZD to CNY exchange rate.


Currencies can change quickly, so it's always a good idea to sort your travel budget ahead of time. You can chat to the FXperts at Travel Money Oz any time about protecting yourself against exchange rate volatility, and which destinations might get you the most bang for your buck!  Find your nearest store today.


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