10 cheap places to travel on the New Zealand dollar in 2020

Here are the destinations where your dollar will go that much further this year.

Updated

19 OCTOBER, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND. Aerial View Of Auckland City Skyline at sunrise

Throughout 2019, the New Zealand dollar had its ups and downs. But 2020 is looking quite positive – not least because it’s fairing quite strongly against a number of top destinations.

Between 2019 and 2020, it soared against the Venezuelan bolivar, rising by 7,101%. This sounds incredible, but it’s due to an unstable currency and hyperinflation that Venezuela has been battling for years.

This is followed by the Argentine peso, which fell by 59% against our dollar, and the Angolan Kwanza, which dropped by 56%.

Resolved to travel more this year but determined to save? We’ve discovered a few destinations where you can stretch your dollars further this year.

To determine our list, we compared exchange rates from 1 January 2019 with those from 1 January 2020 on XE.com. We then pulled out the top 10 currencies that the NZ dollar showed the greatest growth against and whose countries had a safety level of 1 (exercise normal safety precautions) or 2 (exercise a high degree of caution) for New Zealand travellers, based on Safe Travel’s advice at the time of writing.

You can see the full list of currency changes between 1 January 2019 and 1 January 2020 as sourced from XE.com at the bottom of this page. All percentages and currency amounts have been rounded up.

10 of the cheapest currencies for New Zealanders in 2020

  1. Argentine peso: 60% more per dollar
  2. Zambian kwacha: 18% more per dollar
  3. Ghanaian cedi: 17% more per dollar
  4. Uruguayan peso: 15% more per dollar
  5. Uzbekistani som: 14% more per dollar
  6. Turkish lira: 12% more per dollar
  7. Paraguayan guarani: 9% more per dollar
  8. Georgian lari: 7% more per dollar
  9. Chilean peso: 6% more per dollar
  10. Mauritian rupee: 6% more per dollar

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1. Argentina

The Argentine peso has topped our list for the third year running, sporting the biggest drop against the NZ dollar. And if you haven’t yet learned to tango in the country that invented it, what are you waiting for?

  • How much am I saving? For every $100, you’ll be getting an extra 1,504 pesos compared to last year. That’s enough to cover a a small group tour of Buenos Aires.
  • How much are flights? At their best, Air New Zealand and LATAM can fly you there and back for around $1,300.

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Victoria Falls in Zambia.

2. Zambia

One of the most picturesque countries in the world, Zambia overflows with natural beauty. It’s perhaps best known for the gushing Victoria Falls, which border Zambia and Zimbabwe, but it also offers visitors the chance to go on safari, marvel at Lake Tanganyika – the world’s longest lake – and meet some of the world’s friendliest people.

  • How much am I saving? For every $100, you’ll nab an extra 143 Zambian kwacha. That’ll cover you for a walking tour of Livingstone town.
  • How much are flights? Flights to Zambia aren’t cheap and will set you back at least $1,762 return to Lusaka from New Zealand.

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Photo taken in Accra, Ghana

3. Ghana

The West African country of Ghana is quickly being added to the map – not least because our dollar is looking super healthy against it. This coastal city overflows with culture and history, from its bustling markets to its coastal forts and castles, making it a wonderful find.

  • How much am I saving? For every $100 exchanged, you’ll get 54 more cedis compared to 2019. That’s almost enough for a Ghana cultural and historical tour.
  • How much are flights? Ghana isn’t easy or cheap to get to. Flights to the capital of Accra run close to $2,828 return from New Zealand and involve at least one stopover.

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Photo Taken In Uruguay, Punta Del Este

4. Uruguay

Seen Peru and Brazil? Make Uruguay your next South American adventure. Pop by to bask on its beaches, savour its wines or spy whales and dolphins metres off the coastline at the start of winter.

  • How much am I saving? For every $100 exchanged, you’ll get a bonus 319 pesos compared to last year. That’ll cover most of the cost of a Montevideo walking tour.
  • How much are flights? Flights to Montevideo cost a little under $1,300 during a sale.

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castle

5. Uzbekistan

Famed for its beautiful mosaic tiled architecture, Uzbekistan is gaining more and more popularity. In fact, G Adventures tips it as the place to visit this year. Get off the beaten track and see it for 14% less this year, thanks to the current exchange rate.

  • How much am I saving? With an extra 78,856 som in your pocket, you’ll be singing all the way to Registan Square where you can skip the line for that price.
  • How much are flights? Flights to Tashkent start at $2,105 return from New Zealand.

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Beautiful young woman shopping in Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

6. Turkey

It seems everywhere you go, Turkey is the talk of the town. Instagrammers flock to Cappadocia for that photo of the hot air balloons above the fairy chimneys, and with the exchange rate gaining New Zealanders 12% more lira per dollar, how could you resist making the trip?

  • How much am I saving? Expect to have 44 more liras in your pocket for every $100 compared to 2019. That’ll cover your tour of the famous blue mosque.
  • How much are flights? Book with Korean Air during a sale or off-peak and you can get return flights for under $1,400.

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Photo taken in Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay

7. Paraguay

Often overlooked for its neighbours Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia, Paraguay is not only one of the most inexpensive countries in South America, it’s also one of the most authentic. The streets bustle with markets and the landscape teems with rural villages perfect for local encounters.

  • How much am I saving? For every $100 exchanged, you’ll get an extra 34,418 guaranis, which will sort you out for a decent lunch.
  • How much are flights? From New Zealand, you can get to Paraguay for just over $2,000 return.

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houses

8. Georgia

Boasting a mix of old meets new, Georgia is a country where monasteries can be found tucked in caves, castles are perched high above houses and towns are built in mazes waiting for curious passers-by to meander their way through. Tick this one off in 2020 and you’ll be singing when you save 7% of your hard-earned cash by capitalising on our strong exchange rate.

  • How much am I saving? You’re looking at an extra 12 laris per $100 when you exchange your money in 2020. In Georgia, that gets you a bottle of wine.
  • How much are flights? A return ticket to Georgia starts at $1,7287 return.

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Photo Taken In Santiago, Chile

9. Chile

This South American country has it all: a mountainous landscape, world-class wineries and sandy beaches. Travel south and you’ll discover a wintry climate and some of the best snowfields in the southern hemisphere.

  • How much am I saving? Take away an extra 3,017 pesos for every $100 New Zealand dollars. That’s enough to cover a beer and then some.
  • How much are flights? Flights to South America are getting cheaper and cheaper, and thanks to Air New Zealand, you can typically get there for around $1,200 return.

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Photo Taken In Port Louis, Mauritius

10. Mauritius

Forget the Maldives or Bora Bora, the island paradise to head to in 2020 is Mauritius. Settled in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, it’s all lagoons, reefs, mountains, beaches and resorts. In other words: heaven. Enjoy the island experience in 2020 for 6% less than 2019.

  • How much am I saving? Your savings include an extra 138 rupees per $100 you exchange. The numbers sound great, but that actually converts to about $5. Being a resort island, that’s only getting you a free coffee, but it’s better than nothing, we reckon.
  • How much are flights? Take off from Auckland and you can get to Mauritius for around $2,000.

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Full list of conversion rates between 2019 and 2020

Currency codeCurrency name ▲▼Units per NZD (1 January 2019)Units per NZD (1 January 2020)Percentage increase per dollar
VESVenezuelan Bolívar427.289831630770.852557101.400612
ARSArgentine Peso25.1000464540.1486627959.95453583
AOAAngolan Kwanza207.1131008323.496116456.19297628
HTGHaitian Gourde51.8797227964.4790919424.28572952
LRDLiberian Dollar105.5595811125.858005319.22935265
ZMWZambian Kwacha8.0095200159.44277635617.89440987
GHSGhanaian Cedi3.2812996963.82369723616.52996038
UYUUruguayan Peso21.7406431624.9259380814.65133708
UZSUzbekistani Som5595.7827936384.34358114.09205499
ETBEthiopian Birr18.8726549121.4696236813.76048457
SLLSierra Leonean Leone5767.7028146538.72608213.36794375
TRYTurkish Lira3.5480042243.99101276612.48613345
PKRPakistani Rupee93.75531105103.983231110.90916341
PYGParaguayan Guarani3985.4752054329.6509188.635750963
GELGeorgian Lari1.7980569181.9188409776.717476989
CLPChilean Peso465.8831302496.05755036.476821803
MURMauritian Rupee23.0281248124.404752555.97802796
RWFRwandan Franc597.0485507631.0769195.699430682
BIFBurundian Franc1197.9947251265.2952355.617763472
SEKSwedish Krona5.957482616.2817209245.442538994
HUFHungarian Forint187.9893799198.12910175.393773736
DOPDominican Peso33.9191722835.716243455.298098541
RONRomanian Leu2.7237236432.8648332475.180760686
GNFGuinean Franc6093.2580186394.7171674.947421367
ISKIcelandic Krona77.6077932781.251002824.694386213
MRUMauritanian Ouguiya24.059621525.177949524.648152988
PGKPapua New Guinean Kina2.1884485852.2858999924.452990487
MGAMalagasy Ariary2336.5630692436.3854954.272190504
CDFCongolese Franc1086.8146511131.3978264.102187494
NIONicaraguan Cordoba21.718868522.60644944.086681138
JMDJamaican Dollar85.5336426688.9560394.001228337
GMDGambian Dalasi33.1099417634.398977543.893198576
KRWSouth Korean Won746.256136774.99770863.851435335
MNTMongolian Tughrik1771.0142781837.8058443.771373646
AFNAfghan Afghani50.475937452.366518343.745509321
LAKLao Kip5740.2398515949.2445333.641044423
BRLBrazilian Real2.6047312782.6967220853.531681267
EUREuro0.58082288690.59923963053.17080198
XPFCFP Franc69.3106070371.508309133.170801973
KMFComorian Franc285.7461288294.80657273.170801973
CVECape Verdean Escudo64.0473397466.078154063.170801973
XAFCentral African CFA Franc BEAC380.9948385393.07543033.170801973
XOFCFA Franc380.9948385393.07543033.170801973
BAMBosnian Convertible Mark1.1359908271.1720108473.170801968
BGNBulgarian Lev1.1359908271.1720108473.170801968
PLNPolish Zloty2.50875442.5794835382.819293041
BTNBhutanese Ngultrum46.5762168747.88071912.800790433
INRIndian Rupee46.5762168747.88071912.800790433
NPRNepalese Rupee74.8712686276.968255952.800790432
TJSTajikistani Somoni6.328297276.5042300582.78009677
HRKCroatian Kuna4.3337521164.4541943462.779167473
DKKDanish Krone4.3670990864.479843242.58167154
STNSao Tomean Dobra14.4166190714.770413392.454072717
SBDSolomon Islander Dollar5.3957196985.505586892.036191605
MKDMacedonian Denar36.0748570436.760323761.900123183
RSDSerbian Dinar69.2526962770.344224331.576152437
CNYChinese Yuan Renminbi4.6092380284.6735166151.394559936
NOKNorwegian Krone5.7811967435.861567671.390212627
VUVNi-Vanuatu Vatu76.4447778177.479309631.35330608
BDTBangladeshi Taka56.1742877156.884657051.264580953
COPColombian Peso2179.1411652205.3539461.202895046
KHRCambodian Riel2697.0817492728.8802071.178994973
CZKCzech Koruna15.0467954915.217429931.134025106
TOPTongan Pa’anga1.5157696441.5325215121.10517245
HNLHonduran Lempira16.3526822116.499238480.8962215642
LYDLibyan Dinar0.93059616620.93891704850.8941453449
IQDIraqi Dinar799.2042897804.5722480.6716628597
MDLMoldovan Leu11.509651911.586931910.6714365907
WSTSamoan Tala1.7535724761.7648336710.642185895
ALLAlbanian Lek72.4703358772.914744220.6132279319
DZDAlgerian Dinar79.4142192379.86950560.5733058544
SOSSomali Shilling387.1963184388.81622990.4183695399
XDRIMF Special Drawing Rights0.48223169460.48412642210.392908123
SCRSeychellois Rupee9.1466380079.1805365520.3706120727
GYDGuyanese Dollar140.5832279141.07526840.3499994322
MADMoroccan Dirham6.4036114826.4158622660.1913105337
FJDFijian Dollar1.4385688561.4409268020.1639091859
AUDAustralian Dollar0.9542240780.95561149140.1453970228
TVDTuvaluan Dollar0.9542240780.95561149140.1453970228
IRRIranian Rial28214.2227828245.903620.112286756
NZDNew Zealand Dollar110
SRDSurinamese Dollar5.0040617395.003057027-0.02007793174
ANGDutch Guilder1.2011479581.200859392-0.02402418437
YERYemeni Rial167.9566964167.9159837-0.02423998666
XCDEast Caribbean Dollar1.8137109321.813140398-0.03145676027
BHDBahraini Dinar0.25234081020.2522609983-0.03162861367
BMDBermudian Dollar0.67111917610.6709069104-0.03162861494
BSDBahamian Dollar0.67111917610.6709069104-0.03162861494
CUCCuban Convertible Peso0.67111917610.6709069104-0.03162861494
PABPanamanian Balboa0.67111917610.6709069104-0.03162861494
USDUS Dollar0.67111917610.6709069104-0.03162861494
JODJordanian Dinar0.47582349590.4756729995-0.03162861887
BBDBarbadian or Bajan Dollar1.3422383521.341813821-0.03162862239
AWGAruban or Dutch Guilder1.2013033251.20092337-0.03162862301
AEDEmirati Dirham2.4646851742.463905628-0.03162862373
CUPCuban Peso17.7846581717.77903313-0.03162862478
LBPLebanese Pound1011.7121581011.392167-0.03162862486
ERNEritrean Nakfa10.0667876410.06360366-0.03162862487
ZWDZimbabwean Dollar242.8780298242.8012109-0.03162862489
QARQatari Riyal2.4428738012.442101154-0.03162862525
SVCSalvadoran Colon5.8722927915.870435466-0.03162862558
VEFVenezuelan Bolívar6.7028027726.700682767-0.0316286257
SARSaudi Arabian Riyal2.5166969112.515900914-0.03162862785
OMROmani Rial0.25804532320.257963707-0.0316286298
SPLSeborgan Luigino0.11185319560.1118178179-0.03162868956
KYDCaymanian Dollar0.55031775080.5501436534-0.03163579582
TMTTurkmenistani Manat2.3489231042.348174116-0.03188645889
SYPSyrian Pound345.6422217345.5162672-0.03644073012
KPWNorth Korean Won604.0555975603.8289891-0.03751449609
DJFDjiboutian Franc119.3208449119.2730969-0.04001652504
AZNAzerbaijan Manat1.1387626951.138188418-0.05042988346
JPYJapanese Yen73.5066430673.46432134-0.05757536291
BZDBelizean Dollar1.351585111.350469494-0.08254133549
KWDKuwaiti Dinar0.20364553840.2034317766-0.1049675832
TZSTanzanian Shilling1543.4814751541.681014-0.1166493527
MZNMozambican Metical41.3403973141.29025657-0.1212875145
MVRMaldivian Rufiyaa10.3848296110.365816-0.1830902097
BOBBolivian Bolíviano4.6400367754.630420059-0.207255157
MOPMacau Pataca5.4094745385.395779865-0.2531608792
HKDHong Kong Dollar5.2519170275.238621228-0.2531608807
VNDVietnamese Dong15587.7735715546.34408-0.2657819457
KGSKyrgyzstani Som46.8776596146.72456251-0.3265886134
KESKenyan Shilling68.2961603568.00075814-0.4325312162
GTQGuatemalan Quetzal5.187461045.164215624-0.4481077664
NGNNigerian Naira244.0103584242.8520047-0.4747149877
BWPBotswana Pula7.190758987.156269622-0.4796344585
KZTKazakhstani Tenge258.018459256.182622-0.7115138348
TTDTrinidadian Dollar4.5644962614.528004427-0.7994712038
LKRSri Lankan Rupee122.6716403121.6681231-0.8180514965
CHFSwiss Franc0.65808630380.6513107493-1.029584488
UGXUgandan Shilling2484.6097292458.866865-1.036092831
AMDArmenian Dram324.6594401321.2906617-1.037634523
MYRMalaysian Ringgit2.7748579422.744369089-1.098753649
BNDBruneian Dollar0.91549184660.903621235-1.29663761
SGDSingapore Dollar0.91549184660.903621235-1.29663761
PENPeruvian Sol2.2607510122.222713148-1.682532242
LSLBasotho Loti9.6219504469.410608253-2.196458966
NADNamibian Dollar9.6219504469.410608253-2.196458966
SZLSwazi Lilangeni9.6219504469.410608253-2.196458966
ZARSouth African Rand9.6219504469.410608253-2.196458966
TWDTaiwan New Dollar20.5548208920.06793499-2.368718769
PHPPhilippine Peso34.9696069934.02067017-2.713604467
BYNBelarusian Ruble1.4529875881.4105382-2.921524461
IDRIndonesian Rupiah9623.107939320.635221-3.143191485
MXNMexican Peso13.1768804112.70571232-3.575718083
CADCanadian Dollar0.90439210510.8710500325-3.686683288
FKPFalkland Island Pound0.52858864270.5057657893-4.317696514
GBPBritish Pound0.52858864270.5057657893-4.317696514
GGPGuernsey Pound0.52858864270.5057657893-4.317696514
GIPGibraltar Pound0.52858864270.5057657893-4.317696514
IMPIsle of Man Pound0.52858864270.5057657893-4.317696514
JEPJersey Pound0.52858864270.5057657893-4.317696514
SHPSaint Helenian Pound0.52858864270.5057657893-4.317696514
MMKBurmese Kyat1034.19148988.1527635-4.451662706
MWKMalawian Kwacha519.4871751494.0305578-4.900336057
SDGSudanese Pound31.9703362230.29073861-5.253612573
CRCCosta Rican Colon403.945547379.9638373-5.936866961
TNDTunisian Dinar1.9830775461.858371357-6.288518038
ILSIsraeli Shekel2.5049555162.319796327-7.391715677
THBThai Baht21.5565879919.91956202-7.594086657
EGPEgyptian Pound11.948102510.76831688-9.8742509
RUBRussian Ruble46.7346721841.64190384-10.89719495
UAHUkrainian Hryvnia18.6084456115.88422375-14.63970669

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