- Where does the term pa’anga originate?
A pa’anga is a bean-like vine that produces large pods with reddish brown seeds used in anklets and native kailao dance costume in Tonga. The term ‘pa’anga’ is now also used to refer to money.
- What is the symbol used for Tongan pa’anga?
The official symbol for the Tongan pa’anga is $ and the typical abbreviation is T$.
- Are ATMs readily available in Tonga?
There are ATMs located on Tonga’s main islands Tongatapu, 'Utu Vava'u (Neiafu) and Lifuka (Pangai). You may want to take cash when travelling elsewhere.
The Low Down on Tongan Currency
T$ or PT
National Reserve Bank of Tonga
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T$1, T$2, T$5, T$10, T$20, T$50, T$100
1¢, 2¢, 5¢, 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, T$1
The official currency in Tonga is pa’anga - abbreviated to TOP. 1 Pa’anga is subdivided into 100 seniti. The term ‘hau’ refers to a denomination of 100 pa’anga but is not used in everyday life.
In Tonga the pa’anga is referred to as ‘dollar’ in English. The pa’anga is not convertible and is pegged to the AUD, NZD, USD and JPY.
The pa’anga – issued by the National Reserve Bank of Tonga - was introduced in 1967 and replaced the pound.
The most commonly-used bills for the Tongan pa’anga are the 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 notes.
What to spend your paʻangas on**:
Street food meal
Bottle of water
Local bus ticket
‘Ene’io Botanical Garden garden walk
Pair of jeans
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- 3. Pay online
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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.
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