tipping in New Zealand

In New Zealand tips are not expected. New Zealand service workers are paid a decent wage to start with and so a tip is not considered part of their salary. However, as American’s continue to visit, tipping has become a bit more popular, but only in the tourist areas.

A good rule to follow is tip only when the service was great, but don't feel obliged to do so. If you do receive good service it's good etiquette to tell that person's manager but keep in mind that service won’t always be quick and personal. This isn't rude, it's just what people in New Zealand are accustomed to.

tipping etiquette for hotels in New Zealand

In New Zealand Don't Tip at hotels

It is not customary to tip at Hotels in New Zealand. As such you needn't tip your bellman, porter, or concierge. If you receive really exceptional service feel free to tip 2 or 3 dollars, but it won't be expected. It is possible that Hotels in more touristy areas may be used to receiving tips but you should never feel obligated to offer a gratuity.

tipping in restaurants in New Zealand

in New Zealand don't tip at restaurants

Your waiter at a restaurant in New Zealand won't expect a tip. You can tip if you want, but it's more common to leave some spare change instead and even this won't be expected. In most places you can find a tip jar, or charity jar on the counter when you pay for your meal. This is where you should leave your spare change.

tip etiquette at spas in New Zealand

in New Zealand don't tip in Spas

Although it isn’t really required to tip at spas in New Zealand, you can tip 5-10% if you enjoyed your treatment. But it’s more of a nice gesture than a necessity. You don’t need to feel pressured to tip, but it will show your appreciation.

There’s a chance your tip might be refused though, so don’t be upset if that happens. Some New Zealanders are still very uncomfortable with the practice. Just remember to smile and be nice. You can always ask the receptionist for more information too.

should you tip your tour guide?

in New Zealand Tip 5% or $5 to Tour Guides

Tipping tour guides is common in New Zealand as these services are aimed mainly at tourists. Decide if the experience warrants the extra money and if the guide did an amazing job (not just the base experience he’s paid to do), then it would good etiquette to tip $5 or 5%, whichever is more.

should you tip your taxi driver?

in New Zealand Don't Tip Taxi Drivers

It’s still not a common practise to tip your taxi driver. Some drivers will happily accept them, while others may refuse. It’s somewhat typical to leave your change for the driver, if only to make the process easier. Just remember that these people don’t need your tips to live, so give only when you feel it’s appropriate. If you insist on giving a tip, 10% of the fare or less is fine.

should you tip your hairdresser

in New Zealand Don't Tip Hairdressers

Tipping your hairdresser in New Zealand isn’t a common practice. Some people feel that an amazing haircut or coloring warrants the extra money, and give a tip in those circumstances. It’s also more common when seeing a long term hair dresser that you have a personal relationship with.