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December 10, 2008

Etiquette 101: More From the Tipping Guide

In Condé Nast Traveler's December issue, writer Boris Kachka has done the (sometimes embarrassing, sometimes quite costly) work to find out the who, what, where, when, and how of giving gratuities in 26 countries. Below, some tipping snippets from Australia and New Zealand.

At Restaurants: Ten to 15 percent for the waiter.
At Hotels: One dollar per bag (in either Australian or New Zealand dollars, depending on where you are); $10-$20 to the concierge for a favor; $1-$5 per day to the housekeeper, depending on how messy you are.
Guides and Drivers: Ten percent for cabdrivers; $50 per person per day for a private guide; $5-$10 for a bus-tour guide; $20 per day for a private driver.
Who Else?:  Ten to 15 percent for beauty and spa treatments; tip Aboriginal and Maori guides exactly what you would others.
Dollars Accepted?:  Reluctantly.
Note: "Twenty years ago, you'd be fired if you accepted a tip," says Donna Thomas of New Zealand Travel. Since then, tipping has spread "because Americans forced it on people." Be discreet and prepared to have your tip refused, especially in New Zealand, where people are particularly reserved.

Further reading:
* Tipping Guide: Brazil and India
* Tipping Guide: Jordan
* Etiquette 101: India
* How not to embarrass yourself in China
* Quiz: Test your Mediterranean etiquette smarts

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