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What To Do With Your Leftover Foreign Currency

7th September 2018

You’ve just come home from an amazing overseas holiday, with a suitcase full of souvenirs, and a camera full of memories. But you also have a pocket full of foreign cash that’s useless to you now you’re home.

Most people just stash them away somewhere, telling themselves they’ll come in handy when they next head over. But then, you forgot you had them, or find you still need to buy more anyway.

So if you’ve got 99 problems and foreign currency is one, we’ve got a few sneaky options for what you can do with your foreign coins in New Zealand.

Sell it back to us – we’ll buy it back!

If you’re wondering where you can exchange foreign currency in New Zealand, wonder no more! We absolutely love foreign currencies, so if you’ve got some cash and can make it rain, we’ll be there with our umbrellas!


Sadly though, we can’t buy back your old foreign coins. After much deliberation, we decided that standing underneath a shower of coins would hurt too much.

But if you’ve got some banknotes that aren’t old and outdated, we want them! Oh, and they just need to have survived your trip in reasonable condition, without any tears or structurally required sticky tape.

Check out your local store for all the latest exchange rates, to find out how much cash you can get for your cash!

Donate your coins

So if you can’t sell those pesky coins back to us, what can you do with them? You could put them to good use and donate them to a charity.

If you do have some coins handy, there are better things you can do than to make it rain. Probably the best of them is to donate them to the Lion Club's ‘Heads Up For Kids’ initiative UNICEF's change for good program.

To give you an idea, here’s the impact a bit of cheeky loose change can have on the world:


We believe that, right now, there are millions of dollars in foreign currency and unusable coins lying dormant in homes and offices across New Zealand.  So if you want to know your trip overseas left a positive mark on the world, simply donate those leftover coins to an incredibly worthwhile charity.


“But my money is still on my Cash Passport!”

Well, at least it’s all in one place! But watch out for those dodgy card suppliers, who whack on fees for inactivity or cash-outs.

With a Cash Passport, you’ll only have to handle the one-off $10 fee when you completely cash out, but if you know you’ll be headed overseas again, we won’t sting you any inactivity fees.

You can also:

  • Use it again – Some popular currencies like the US dollar can be worth holding onto – if you know you’re headed back sometime soon.
  • Apply it to your hotel bill – In some hotels, you can throw them^ all your leftover currency, then pay for whatever’s left on card.
  • Spend it at the airport – You might as well enjoy one last local lunch before you take off!
  • Put it on a vendor card – If you find a participating vendor (like a Starbucks*), you can load your foreign cash onto their card, which will be back to AUD when you use it back home! It’s a sneaky ploy, but might just save you some time and cash!
  • Share it – Everyone loves a good foreign currency! And what’s a better/cheaper souvenir: a £5 note, or the £15 Big Ben keychain at the airport?

^Please don’t actually throw money at hotel staff – that might increase your total fee.


To get your currency converted back to the ol’ AUD, find your nearest Travel Money Nz store today!


*As at the date of this blog post, Starbucks offers this option across most Starbucks stores in the USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Ireland, Mexico and the UK; however, we don’t guarantee that this will be available in your destination or will continue to be available at a later date, and recommend that you do your own research to identify the best option for you.

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