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Restaurant prices in New Zealand

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We will be making our first trip to New Zealand in a couple of weeks and staying in Christchurch for 4 nights prior to the start of an organized tour. We have visited Australia several times and are familiar with prices there for restaurant meals (and just about everything else). Are New Zealand prices similar? And is it also customary not to tip, as the staff are paid a fair wage? How about housekeeping staff?

I am asking only in relation to the days we will spend on our own, and the very occasional meal will we have independently while on tour. The price we paid the tour company (Road Scholar) includes 'modest' tips , and they specifically request that none of the travellers attempt to collect additional money for a group tip. However, I believe this applies on trips to all destinations so no one need feel 'put on the spot' to contribute over and above what they have already paid. A sensible policy, in my mind.

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