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Essential Information

Currency and banking

New Zealand money is in dollars and cents. Like any country, it is not a good idea to carry around large amounts of cash so most international students open a New Zealand bank account. 

Most of the major banks have international student packages. However they will want to know that you or your family has a banking history in your own country, so bring a letter from your bank and some proof of your account.

You will also need your passport and proof of your enrolment in a New Zealand education provider to open a New Zealand bank account. All accounts come with a cash or debit card. This can be used to pay for goods and services almost everywhere in New Zealand. 



All international students are required by the New Zealand Government to have appropriate medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand.

This includes students on a Work Permit or Work Visa with a Variation of Condition to study part time. Evidence of appropriate medical and travel insurance must be presented as a condition of enrolment at all New Zealand education institutes. 

Tauranga is a very safe city but it is still important to think about your personal well-being. The New Zealand Police are friendly and helpful and can always be approached for help in difficult situations. The police are committed to promoting crime prevention and upholding New Zealand’s laws, and have a duty to protect everyone in New Zealand.



Tauranga offers a wide range of food options and choices. There are a number of supermarkets in the region that all offer a wide range of food stuffs from all around the world. There are also a number of Asian supermarkets where you may be able to buy ingredients to make your favourite dish from home!

There are also many options for eating out. To browse dining options for Tauranga – click here