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Looking for the best way to send money from New Zealand to family, friends or businesses in Indonesia (or even to your own overseas bank account)?
Don't head straight to your NZ bank – compare specialist money transfer services instead. They nearly always offer better IDR exchange rates and lower fees, so for the same amount of New Zealand dollars you send, your recipient will receive more rupiahs.
Of the companies we've compared, TorFX is among the cheapest, with competitive exchange rates and fees starting from $0. Need a really fast transfer? Xe can get money to your recipient in Indonesia within minutes.
We update our data regularly, but information can change between updates. Confirm details with the provider you're interested in before making a decision.
Bank transfers are typically the cheapest way to get your money to Indonesia. TorFX and Xe have some of the lowest bank transfer fees of the brands we've compared.When you're hunting down the cheapest ways to send money to Indonesia, it's more important to look at the overall cost of your transfer. This has a couple of elements:
Some providers may charge the mid-market rate but add fees on top. Others may have very low fees but apply a markup on the exchange rate. This means it is important to compare exactly how many rupiahs your recipient will end up with.
Many online providers can offer transfers to Indonesia within minutes, although you're likely to pay a premium for the convenience.Here are some of the fastest average transfer speeds to Indonesia:
Actual transfer times from New Zealand to Indonesia can depend on several different factors including transfer amount, payment method and currency.
The safest way to get your money to Indonesia is to use a provider registered with New Zealand's industry regulator, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ). All of the companies we've compared in our table are overseen by a local regulator and comply with the relevant laws and regulations in both New Zealand and Indonesia.
A great way to dive deeper is by reading our extended reviews of each transfer service and researching first-hand customer feedback on Trustpilot and similar platforms.
If you need to make a sizable money transfer to Indonesia, consider using a provider such as TorFX or OFX to benefit from its expertise in handling larger transfer amounts.Using a large transfer specialist can have the following advantages:
To send money to Indonesia, you'll need the necessary documentation, your recipient's details and a way to pay.
Aisyah is working in New Zealand as a doctor and she stays in regular contact with her elderly parents back home in Indonesia. Her parents need some funds to help pay off a mortgage, so Aisyah plans to send them $2,000 from New Zealand.
She decides to compare a bank and a money transfer specialist to see which one can save the most money on her transaction.
|Bank||Money transfer company|
|Exchange rate||1 NZD = 8.84 IDR||1 NZD = 8.96 IDR|
|Transfer method||Bank account deposit||Bank account deposit|
|Processing time||2 - 5 working days||Next day|
|Amount received||17,587.62 IDR||17,887.61 IDR|
The money transfer company enables Aisyah to send an extra Rp299.99, which is transferred straight to her parents' Bank Mandiri account.
When choosing a money transfer provider to send money from New Zealand to Indonesia, it's important to consider the cost, how you want your recipient to receive the funds and the turnaround time. Here are other features to review:
Compared to a month ago, the New Zealand dollar is weaker against the rupiah. Currently $5,000 is equivalent to Rp45,000.00, whereas a month ago, $5,000 was equivalent to Rp47,365,327.00. That's a decrease of 99.9% over the past month.
Similarly, compared to a year ago, the New Zealand dollar is again weaker against the rupiah. A year ago, $5,000 was equivalent to Rp49,097,202.00. That's a decrease of 99.91% over 12 months.
What's more important, however, is where the strength of the New Zealand dollar against the rupiah goes from here – which is harder to call. Based on those two quick glances back, your New Zealand dollars might not go as far as they would have, so shopping around for the best deal on your transfer is key.
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