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Best places to exchange currency in Queenstown

Find the best spots to exchange your currency in Queenstown.

If you’re headed to beautiful Tāhuna, you’re going to need some cash around town.

This guide has the answers, whether you’re just looking for the most convenient option, or are happy to go a little bit out of your way to get better value for money.

Who can change my money in Queenstown?

Travelex logo

1. Travelex

Travelex is a handy option in Queenstown with a branch right at the visitors’ centre in the Clocktower Building and another one at the airport in Frankton.

Both are open seven days a week and have a nearby Travelex ATM for after-hours.

Tavel Money NZ logo

2. Travel Money NZ

You can find a Travel Money NZ branch at the corner of Shotover and Stanley St in town, keeping regular business hours seven days a week.

Bank Exchange Rates

3. Banks

Specialised currency exchangers are limited in Queenstown, but banks are considerably more common.

You’ll find bank branches of all kinds around town and near the airport, and plenty of ATMs. These aren’t necessarily the most cost-effective option though.


Tips for getting the best deal when exchanging money

Getting more value for money on your currency exchange means you can do more things when you’re in Queenstown. Try:

  • Checking the mid-market rates. Look for the mid-market rates before shopping around, so you can be sure you’re finding the best value for money when you make the trade.
  • Avoiding ATMs and airports. Rates are usually poorer around airports, and at the ATMs in town.
  • Planning ahead. By planning ahead you can ensure you’re getting better value for money on your exchange later. You can save big by planning your travel money as carefully as any other part of the trip.
  • Getting all the fees upfront. Don’t fall for hidden fees. Make sure you get all the costs up front and know exactly how much you’ll get.

Compare money transfer services

There are savings to be found by comparing money transfer services prior to making a transfer.

Enter your transfer amount and currencies into the table below, and you’ll be able to see exactly how much your transfer might cost.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
AUD 250 1 - 2 days NZD 0.00 0.722 USD
7,218
OFX has no maximum limit transfers, with competitive exchange rates for 45+ currencies. Go to site Show details
NZD 250 1 day NZD 0.00 0.722 USD
7,218
Send guarantees to match any competitor’s exchange rate. T&Cs apply.
Send has fee-free transfers in 30+ currencies to over 200 countries.
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NZD 0 Same day NZD 0.00 0.721 USD
7,210
XE has fast transfers with competitive rates and a range of foreign currency tools. Go to site Show details
NZD 2,000 2 days NZD 0.00 0.722 USD
7,218
Exclusive offer: Discounted exchange rates for all Finder customers.
WorldFirst sends 60+ currencies at competitive rates. If you find a better eligible quote, WorldFirst will beat it.
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NZD 250 1 day NZD 0.00 0.722 USD
7,218
TorFX guarantee to beat any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction. Conditions apply.
TorFX sends money overseas in 30+ currencies, with competitive rates for transfer amounts over $2,000.
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NZD 1 Within an hour NZD 3.99 0.721 USD
7,204
Use promo code 3FREE to send your first 3 transfers with no fee. Conditions apply.
WorldRemit sends money to 110+ countries for bank-to-bank deposits, cash pick-ups or mobile top-ups.
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NZD 1 1 - 2 days NZD 80.00 0.725 USD
7,189
Wise uses the mid-market rate and transparent fees to help you send money in 45+ currencies. Go to site Show details
NZD 5 1 - 2 days EUR 3.00 0.719 USD
7,190
Special offer: Zero fees on your first 10 transfers.
CurrencyFair has bank-beating exchange rates and fast transfer times on 15+ popular currencies.
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NZD 10,000 1 - 2 days NZD 0.00 0.719 USD
7,189
CurrencyTransfer lets you shop around for the best exchange rate on its online marketplace. Go to site Show details

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