Cost of living in New Zealand

Map of Cost of Living in New Zealand


This map shows only the top cities in New Zealand. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of the markers corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
The size of the markers correspond with the population of each city.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of the city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each cities' Cost of Living Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in New Zealand (for cities with available data)

Ranking City Price Index
1 Wellington 199
2 Auckland 191
3 Christchurch 187
4 Palmerston North 175

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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Auckland costs NZ$0.50 (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Wellington costs NZ$28 (3 days ago)
  • Ipod nano 16gb in Wellington costs NZ$199 (3 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Wellington costs NZ$7 (3 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Wellington costs NZ$6.00 (3 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Wellington costs NZ$22 (3 days ago)
  • 1 ticket to the theater (best available seats) in Wellington costs NZ$320 (3 days ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Wellington costs NZ$36 (3 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Wellington costs NZ$60 (3 days ago)
  • 12 rolls of toilet paper in Wellington costs NZ$2.21 (3 days ago)