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Be enchanted in Turkey
Magnificent ruins, ancient bazaars, sandy beaches, world-class cuisine… no, you’re not dreaming – you must be in Turkey. Whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this destination or simply kick back with a cocktail and lap up island life, there's a reason that Turkey is a bucket list destination for many travellers.
Discover iconic sights like the Hagia Sophia and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, or get lost in the colour and excitement of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Take a hot-air balloon over Cappadocia or cruise on the Bosphorus. Known for its breathtaking scenery and rich culture, Turkey is a must-see for all globetrotters. Exchange your Kiwi Dollars to Turkish lira and experience all this and more during your trip of a lifetime to enchanting Turkey.
Coins and notes
Turkish lira (₺) is subdivided into 100 kuruş (kr). Currently circulating coins include 5kr, 10kr, 25kr, 50kr and ₺1. 1kr coins are very rare and probably useless (keep digging into those pockets!). Banknotes are available in ₺5, ₺10, ₺20, ₺50, ₺100 and ₺200 variations.
Facts about the currency
- The Guinness Book of Records ranked the Turkish lira as the world's least valuable currency in 1995 and 1996, and again from 1999-2004.
- The lira is the former currency of Italy, Malta, San Marino and the Vatican City. These countries replaced the lira with the euro in 2002. It was also the currency of Israel until it was replaced with the old shekel in 1980.
- The Ottoman lira was introduced as Turkey’s main unit of currency in 1844, while the former currency, kuruş, remained as a 1⁄100 subdivision. The Ottoman lira stayed in circulation until the end of 1927.