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NZD to OMR Exchange Rate

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Code OMR
Symbol ر.ع.
5, 10, 25, 50, 100 baisa
100, 200 baisa, 1⁄2, 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 rials

Discover old Arabia in Oman

With its rich Arabian heritage and strikingly beautiful scenery, Oman is one of the Middle East’s hidden gems. Whether you want shop ‘til you drop in a colourful souk, attempt a hiking trail in the Western Hajar mountains, discover the maze that is Jabrin fort, or sleep out in the dunes of the Whabia Sands, a holiday in Oman promises to be an unforgettable experience. And the Omani rial is the key to experiencing all of it.

Despite its oil-rich reputation, Oman has hung on to its traditional charm. Even the biggest Omani cities still have that old-style Arabian look, with their labyrinth souks and classic architecture. Of course, trying to navigate such an unfamiliar culture and landscape can be tricky – to avoid getting lost in the desert or stranded in some far-flung village, you’ll need to swap some New Zealand dollars for Omani rials. This currency is only available for purchase in store. Head into any of our 20+ stores to buy Omani rial.

Coins and notes

Omani currency is easy to understand – just remember that baisas are like cents (except 1,000 of them instead of 100), and rials are like dollars. That’s all there is to it really. You can get 10c, 25c, 50c, 100c, $¼ and $½ coins in Oman, and 50c, $½, $1, $5, $10, $25 and $100 banknotes (there’s also a now-discontinued $200 banknote, but it’s not often seen).

Facts about the currency

  • The Omani rial is divided into 1,000 baisa and is pegged to the US dollar.
  • In Oman, the only foreign currency restriction in place applies to the Israeli new shekel, which is prohibited from being brought into the country.
  • Before 1940, the Indian rupee and the Maria Theresa thaler were the main currencies used in Oman.
  • The Omani rial was only introduced in 1972, after a regime change.
  • The Central Bank of Oman operates a Currency Museum in its headquarters building.
  • A new 1 rial banknote is in circulation alongside the 1970 version, which is still accepted.
  • The 100 baisa and 20 rial notes are both green in colour, but the former is much smaller so that you can tell them apart easily.