Tipping in New Zealand isn’t common so save as much as you can as it can be expensive! New Zealand is a beautiful country but can be very expensive. It offer amazing landscapes and great outdoor adventure and really is a place that everyone should visit. Use our tipping guide to let you know when you should tip and when you should keep the change.
Taxis: Usually you just round up the fare to the nearest dollar so you don’t have to deal with change.
Hotels: Never, but if a staff member goes above and beyond then a few dollars is appreciated.
Restaurants: It’s not required or expected, however if the staff does a good job then 10% is a fair tip. You may also see a tip jar in the restaurant which will be shared among the staff.
Bars: Not expected, again you may see a tip jar for the bar staff.
Other: Tipping isn’t a standard in New Zealand so don’t be expected to tip when you go out. Instead relax and enjoy the beautiful views New Zealand has to offer.