Cost of living in Christchurch, New Zealand

Summary of cost of living in Christchurch

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: NZ$6,280
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: NZ$3,303
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List of prices in Christchurch, New Zealand. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district NZ$18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) NZ$12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast NZ$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk NZ$2.01
12 eggs, large NZ$8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes NZ$5.88
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese NZ$6
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples NZ$4.06
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes NZ$2.77
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket NZ$5.92
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality NZ$19
2 liters of coca-cola NZ$3.13
Bread for 2 people for 1 day NZ$1.96
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area NZ$2,740
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area NZ$1,835
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat NZ$186
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area NZ$1,140
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area NZ$1,093
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio NZ$175
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) NZ$75
40” flat screen tv NZ$724
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) NZ$252
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) NZ$9
Hourly rate for cleaning help NZ$20
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) NZ$116
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) NZ$66
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) NZ$157
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes NZ$149
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new NZ$30,884
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas NZ$2.25
Monthly ticket public transport NZ$118
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) NZ$28
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) NZ$12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) NZ$12
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) NZ$48
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) NZ$11
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) NZ$5.45
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) NZ$4.68
4 rolls of toilet paper NZ$2.62
Tube of toothpaste NZ$3.25
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city NZ$27
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub NZ$64
2 tickets to the movies NZ$27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) NZ$178
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert NZ$91
1 cocktail drink in downtown club NZ$17
Cappuccino in expat area of the city NZ$4.77
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) NZ$11
Ipad wi-fi 128gb NZ$772
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) NZ$0.53
1 month of gym membership in business district NZ$55
1 package of marlboro cigarettes NZ$29
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 314 prices entered by 33 different people.
Latest price update: January 25, 2020

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