Why is this?
As far as I know Australian dollars are no good to merchants in New Zealand and money can be changed at most airports and banks.
I'm probably missing a big piece of the pie but it seems silly to me.
Sometimes I just sit and think. Other times I just sit.
nakedmolerat: money changer at the airport charge you a lot more.
if i am not mistaken, there is no extra fee when you use this service.
nakedmolerat: ... there is no extra fee when you use this service...
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Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler
robjg63: There used to be BNZ money machines that dispensed Aussie dollar at Auckland International UNTIL travelex got given sole rights to money exchange at Auckland Airport.
Not sure when that happened exactly.
Presumably the BNZ wouldnt pay the heavy fees that companies have to pay to airports to be there and had to take their very useful machines with them.
I always found the BNZ branches quite helpful in the airport. Last year my wife and I were heading out of the airport to europe and had got some euros from the bank. One of the notes we got given was something like e200 - so I though I would just change it at the airport on the way out (they seem suspicious of large euro notes in europe). The travelex office just said - "we will only change it if you are a customer". I dont see what harm it would have done - they had no customers at the time. The person behind the counter looked bored.
wellygary: To be honest I suspect it is a trial and proof of concept at a couple of places that only have low demand.
According to BNZ ATM finder there are only 3 in the country that do it ( two at their lower Queen street branch and one in Wellington).
They also list having ATMs at AKL,WLG and CHC international terminals, but none of these have the ability to dispense Aussie Notes.
If it were wanting to provide this service fully I would have expected that the airport ATMs would be the first to dispense them.