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We offer a wide range of foreign currency services, available right here from your local NBS branch.

Order foreign cash at NBS and we can have it available for you within 24 hours.

The fastest and most secure method of transferring funds overseas is an international money transfer. This is available in over 70 currencies.

An International Money Transfer (IMT) is an electronic transfer of funds for a specified currency and amount to an overseas recipient (the beneficiary).

What information is required to complete the transfer?

  • Beneficiary Name: Recipient's full account name and address
  • Beneficiary Account: Recipient's full account number or IBAN (International Bank Account Number)
  • Beneficiary Bank: The beneficiary banks's name, address and SWIFT Code (Also known as a Bank Identifier Code/BIC)

Care must be taken when giving, writing or entering beneficiary account information. An international money transfer is often processed by account number only, so it is important that the account number is correct. Even though NBS will ask for an account name and number, our systems do not check that they correspond.


A bank draft is a convenient and cost-effective way to send money overseas or pay for overseas expenses. At NBS, we purchase and sell foreign currency drafts in over 35 currencies.

Bank drafts are made out to a recipient in the currency of your choice. They must be paid into the recipient's bank account and cannot be exchanged for cash

With our "Holding Balance" services you can hold foreign currency for up to 90 days without having to open and manage a foreign currency bank account.

Please contact your local NBS Branch - they will provide you with the relevant information required.

MasterCard Multi-Currency Cash Passport

This Cash Passport is a prepaid travel money card ideal for use overseas in foreign currencies. 

  • Know exactly how much foreign currency you have to spend with locked-in exchange rates.  Use it in stores, online, or to withdraw cash from international ATMs in the local currency.
  • Load up to nine currencies on a single card. New Zealand Dollars, Australian Dollars, Euro, US Dollars, Great British Pounds, Japanese Yen, Canadian Dollars, Hong Kong Dollars and Singapore Dollars and then reload your Cash Passport whenever you like.
  • You are protected via 24/7 global assistance, CHIP + PIN security and the MasterCard network.

 Fees and charges along with the Product Disclosure Statement for the Cash Passport Platinum facility is available free of charge at www.cashpassport.co.nz. 

International Transaction Fees
Offshore Service Margin (of the $NZ value of the transaction) 2.25% p.a.
EFTPOS Transaction (including contactless, online and MOTO) $0.50
ATM Transaction $6.00
ATM Enquiry $1.50

Please note: International ATMs may apply a surcharge; this should be drawn to your attention before you proceed with your transaction. This surcharge will be added to your withdrawal, converted to NZ dollars (if required) and debited against your account.
Some merchants may apply a charge for using contactless or for internet transactions; it is the merchants responsibility to notify you of any additional charges at the time of sale. These are usually added to the purchase price.

Fees and charges are subject to change.