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Currency information

Code HKD
Symbol $
Cents & dollars - 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2, $5, $10
Dollars - $10, $20, $50, $100, $150, $500, $1000

Welcome to Hong Kong!

Hong Kong has the second largest amount of skyscrapers in the world, so you might just see one, maybe two. In fact, you’ll probably become entangled within this sleepless skyscraper territory, which is an incredible experience in itself. With markets full of delicious local recipes and great bargains,  you and your travel money will have a ball.

ATM access

5/5 stars – ATMs have sprouted up all over Hong Kong and should be available at any hour. Just be wary of any withdrawal fees you may be paying in more touristy areas.


If there’s no service fee, a small tip is appreciated

Phone and Internet access

It’s excellent, with free access to hundreds of  Wi-Fi hotspots.

Daily cost

Your daily costs will fluctuate  between cheap markets and  expensive bars.

Coffee:  NZ$3.50 (large cappuccino)
Water:  NZ$1.10 (330mL bottle)
Beer:  NZ$10.50 (Pint in a bar)
Food:  NZ$13.20 (sweet ‘n’ sour pork)
Taxi:  NZ$39.70 (airport – Kowloon)
Big Mac:  NZ$3.50 (the familiar favourite)

Daily budget

Budget:  Around NZ$90/day (2x cheap meals, supermarket   snacks, train ticket and a Star Ferry round trip)
Moderate:  Around NZ$165/day (2x cheap meals, supermarket   snacks, train ticket and a tram ride up to The Peak)
Luxury:  Around NZ$220/day (2x restaurant meals,   supermarket snacks and entry to Disneyland)

Safety rating

5/5 stars - Hong Kong is remarkably safe, probably because it’s the home of so many famous kung fu fighters. Just keep your travel money close to your chest and you’ll be sweet.

Travel Money Trivia

Cent to the seabed
The last minted 1c coins never reached the shores as they were sunk  during WWII.
Macau cash
Although Macau uses a different currency, your HKD will work just fine.
Beautiful or bland?
The Bauhinia flower was chosen to appear on the currency for looking politically neutral
Hong (king) Kong
Despite the territory’s small size, the HKD is the 13th most traded currency
Honkie-tonk notes 
Expats have given the Hong Kong dollar the local name of Honkie.

Let's talk money

Most places will readily accept cards. Which is good, because cash can get pretty confusing with some of the same value banknotes varying in looks. However, carrying cash is a must for the endless markets and cheap street food stalls scattered all over the streets. Hong Kong? More like Hong Ka-ching!

  • Haggling is expected at markets
  • You won’t be able to use your HKD in China
  • Exchanging money at airports and hotels costs more
  • Taxi drivers aren’t required to make change from notes
  • Get the most out of your ferry ride during nonpeak times
  • The Airport Express train is cheap and quick
  • Most signs are in English
  • The view from The Peak can be seen for free on top of The Peak Galleria Mall

Must do

Big buddha
Gaze at the glorious Tian Tan Buddha bronze statue and soak in the quiet scenery and atmosphere of the monk community around it.
Tram to the peak 
Ascend Hong Kong’s steep backyard slope and look onto the city’s colourful towers and mountainous horizon.
Temple Street  might market 
From fun electronics and trinkets, to scrumptious treats, this market is a great place to spend your night and practise haggling.
A ferry lovely  light show 
Jump aboard the Star Ferry at night for the nightly light show buildings put on.
Ngong Ping  360 cable car 
Lantau Island has incredible mountains that you can soar over. Choose the glassbottom car for a heartstopping view.

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Travel Money NZ has sought to ensure that the information is true and correct at the time of publication. Prices, details and services are subject to change without notice, and Travel Money NZ accepts no responsibility or liability for any such changes, including any loss resulting from any action taken or reliance made by you on any information provided. Daily Cost: All prices are approximations. Your costs may differ depending on where you go, where you shop, and their individual factors. Daily Budget: Costs are estimated per person and do not include accommodation.