Are credit cards widely accepted and safe to use locally? Are ATMs common and do you recommend using them? Are they safe to use?

Just like being at home. - Jun 2019

Both are safe to use, although many businesses simply do not accept credit cards. Get a local EFTPOS (debit card) bank account through Westpac as soon as possible, since it's the preferred method of payment. A lot of places will even act as if you're causing them a personal inconvenience when trying to pay with cash. - Mar 2016

Easy to do and accepted almost everywhere. - Apr 2015

It is safe to use credit cards and ATMs. We have a special relationship with one bank here so that we can deposit our US checks into a NZ account and be able to access our money immediately (we also get a slightly better exchange rate than the average tourist). - Aug 2011

There are ATM's all over town and in Lower Hutt and surroundings; We paid with credit cards most of the time wewent shopping, all save to use. - Aug 2008

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