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The Low Down on Papua New Guinean Currency


Papua New Guinean kina

Currency code:


Central Bank:

Bank of Papua New Guinea

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Bank notes:

2K, 5K, 10K, 20K, 50K, 100K


5, 10, 20, 50 toea, 1K, 2K

The official currency in Papua New Guinea is the kina which is abbreviated to the currency code PGK. 1 Kina is divided into 100 toea.

The kina was introduced in 1975 and used alongside the Australian dollar until 1976, at which point the AUD ceased to be legal tender in Papua New Guinea.

The term kina originates from the Kuanua language of the Tolai region, and refers to a pearl shell that is still used as tender among several coastal and highland regions of the country.

The kina is distributed by the central bank of the region, the Bank of Papua New Guinea. Banknotes are no longer paper-based and are produced on polymer.

The most commonly-used bills for Papua New Guinean kina are the 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes.

What to spend your kina on**:

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    Casual dress

    104 PGK *

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    Local bus ticket

    1 PGK *

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    Cheap local meal

    50 PGK *

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    Bottle of beer

    12 PGK *

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    A 1 km taxi ride

    14 PGK *

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Must-sees in Papua New Guinean

  • Lusancay Islands
  • This place is an unspoiled paradise adorning Papua New Guinea’s Milne Bay region. Stunning sands, colourful reefs and the clearest of waters welcome you to the eastern side of the mainland. Bring the drone for the jaw-dropping aerial views.
  • Sivoli River
  • It’s difficult to liken the Sivoli River to anything you’ve ever seen before. This unique body of water sits on Papua New Guinea’s largest island - New Britain - and houses a vibrant array of underwater plants and foliage. The clear blue waters interact with this green scenery and make an unforgettable combination you’ll never forget.
  • Kimbe Bay
  • Located on the largest island in Papua New Guinea’s Bismarck Archipelago, Kimbe Bay is a world-renowned scuba diving spot and is home to 76% of the world’s coral species.

Buying Papua New Guinean kina online is easy

Order Papua New Guinean kina online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store or at the airport before you fly.

  • 1. Click the ‘Buy Papua New Guinean kina Now’ button below
  • And tell us how much you need for your trip.

  • 2. Choose how to get it
  • Collect your currency from 33 Travelex stores.

  • 3. Pay online
  • Simply pay using either your debit card (recommended) or credit card and you’re all set!

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*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.

**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.