Cost of living in Christchurch, New Zealand

Summary of cost of living in Christchurch

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: NZ$5,759
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: NZ$2,686
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Christchurch
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district NZ$18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) NZ$13
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast NZ$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk NZ$1.93
12 eggs, large NZ$8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes NZ$9
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese NZ$8
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples NZ$4.09
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes NZ$3.39
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket NZ$5.53
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality NZ$19
2 liters of coca-cola NZ$3.03
Bread for 2 people for 1 day NZ$1.88
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area NZ$1,906
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area NZ$1,389
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat NZ$257
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area NZ$1,322
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area NZ$1,162
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio NZ$171
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) NZ$64
40” flat screen tv NZ$694
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) NZ$223
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) NZ$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help NZ$25
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) NZ$125
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) NZ$56
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) NZ$146
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes NZ$158
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new NZ$34,260
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas NZ$2.06
Monthly ticket public transport NZ$109
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) NZ$28
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) NZ$13
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) NZ$11
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) NZ$50
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) NZ$10
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) NZ$5.25
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) NZ$4.94
4 rolls of toilet paper NZ$2.78
Tube of toothpaste NZ$3.22
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city NZ$23
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub NZ$66
2 tickets to the movies NZ$29
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) NZ$209
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert NZ$111
1 cocktail drink in downtown club NZ$18
Cappuccino in expat area of the city NZ$5.05
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) NZ$10
Ipad wi-fi 128gb NZ$751
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) NZ$0.52
1 month of gym membership in business district NZ$66
1 package of marlboro cigarettes NZ$27
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 97 prices entered by 10 different people.
Latest price update: January 20, 2022

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