- Best Money Transfer Service - TransferWise, as revealed by our extensive research into international money transfers.
- Best Debit Card for U.S. Dollars - The TransferWise Debit Card (best NZD:USD rate, and 0% foreign currency fees if you withdraw up to NZ$350 within a 30-day rolling period (and then a 2% fee of anything above that).
- Best Credit Card for U.S. Dollars - The Flight Centre Mastercard outperforms all other cards given its 0% overseas currency conversion fee.
- ATMs Availability and Costs - ATMs are common all over America. Some ATMs charge an 'international withdrawal fee' of around $1 to $5 U.S. Dollars. Find out what your bank's international debit card and credit card fees here.
- All Travel Money Cards support U.S. Dollars - our guide compares which card is best.
- Save money when withdrawing or spending U.S. Dollars with our foreign exchange guide.
- Like New Zealand, U.S. Dollars come in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes.
Suggested money tip when arriving and travelling in the United States of America:
- Bring around NZD$300 in cash which you can use as a safety net and exchange all over major American cities if need be (primarily where Air New Zealand has services).
- Withdraw the amount of USD you think you will need for your stay, and keep withdrawing as you need.
- Avoid airport money exchange kiosks - they most likely offer the worst exchange rates. ATMs give you the market exchange rate without the greedy commission.
- Leftover USD? If you have a small amount of cash remaining, you can use it to settle your hotel bill extras, transfers back to the airport and/or apply them to a duty free purchase on departure (you can pay part cash, part card). Alternatively, banks will buy them back USD when you return to New Zealand for a better exchange rate than any airport kiosk.