Cost of living in Cook Islands

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district NZ$15
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) NZ$35
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast NZ$8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk NZ$4.00
12 eggs, large NZ$12
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes NZ$15
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese NZ$15
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples NZ$12
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes NZ$20
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket -
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality NZ$35
2 liters of Coca-Cola NZ$14
Bread for 2 people for 1 day NZ$8
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area NZ$1,600
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat NZ$200
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area NZ$300
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area NZ$250
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio NZ$200
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) NZ$150
40” flat screen TV NZ$2,000
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) NZ$80
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) NZ$25
Hourly rate for cleaning help NZ$10
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) NZ$120
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) NZ$120
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) NZ$200
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes NZ$300
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas NZ$3.00
Monthly ticket public transport -
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) NZ$11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) NZ$15
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) NZ$50
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) NZ$5.00
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) NZ$10
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) NZ$12
4 rolls of toilet paper NZ$2.00
Tube of toothpaste NZ$10
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city NZ$10
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub NZ$35
2 tickets to the movies NZ$22
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert -
1 cocktail drink in downtown club -
Cappuccino in expat area of the city -
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) -
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB NZ$2,900
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district -
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes NZ$35

Map of Cost of Living in Cook Islands

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

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

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price 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.

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