Budget Planning Tool
Punch in your holiday deets below to use crowd-sourced Numbeo data* to help you plan your spending money.
On foreign exchange rates when you order with Travel Money NZ.
Pick up locally
With over 20 convenient store locations across New Zealand, you can securely pick up your AUD with no hassles.
Planning your Aussie trip
Holiday Budget Calculator
We get it, doing your holiday budget is a snore fest. It's important though, so we've made it super easy for you to do now. Just punch in your holiday deets and we'll combine destination spend data with our exchange rates so you know how much to take. Easy peasy budget donesy!
About the Currency
Where else the AUD is used
The AUD is not only the currency of Australia, but also of:
- Christmas Island
- The Cocos (Keeling) Islands
- Norfolk Island
- The Pacific Island states of Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu.
Coins and notes
The Australian dollar is made up of 100 cents. It comes in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 dollar notes, as well as 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 coins. The best thing about Australian banknotes? Since they’re made from a synthetic plastic material called polymer, you can accidently put them through the wash and they won’t fall apart (well, probably… we wouldn’t suggest trying this on purpose!).
Facts about the currency
- The Australian dollar was introduced in 1966, replacing the previously used Australian pound.
- The Aussie dollar was initially going to be called the "royal" (this suggestion was rejected for not being “true blue” enough).
- Australia was the first country in the world to have their banknotes made from polymer.
- Bronze 1c and 2c coins were removed from circulation in 1992. They were melted down and used to create the bronze medals awarded in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
This chart shows the historic trends between the two currencies. Political and world events can cause rates to fluctuate. If you're not quite ready to buy your currency, you can sign up for currency alerts. When the exchange rate is right where you want it, you’ll receive an alert. That’s sure to make you sing!