Banknotes in circulation
New Zealand has two sets of banknotes in circulation – Series 6 and the new Series 7. Both series are legal tender. Both sets have five denominations: the $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 banknote.
Series 7 $5 and $10 banknotes were released in October 2015 and the remaining three denominations were released in May 2016.
Series 7 (Brighter Money)
The Reserve Bank issues high-quality banknotes which are readily accepted and secure. This section contains details of the security features, size and images used on individual banknotes.
Learn why it’s important to check your banknotes, and how to deal with suspicious money.
New Zealand banknotes are printed on polymer, which is a type of polypropylene plastic.
New Zealand’s banknotes have features for people who are blind or have low-vision.
The ranges of serial numbers used for Series 7 banknotes.
This data includes all bank notes currently in circulation. It includes the New Zealand dollar (NZ$) series, which began circulation on 10 July 1967, and L.S.D. notes (the currency that was in circulation prior to 10 July 1967) that remain in the hands of the public.