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.

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Cost of Living Ranking in New Zealand (top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index
1 Wellington 203
2 Auckland 197
3 Christchurch 188
4 Palmerston North 159

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Recent Prices Added

  • Monthly rent - 900 sqft furnished accommodation in expensive area in Auckland costs NZ$1,017 (3 days ago)
  • Ipod nano 16gb in Christchurch costs NZ$269 (3 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Dunedin costs NZ$9 (5 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Dunedin costs NZ$25 (5 days ago)
  • Microwave, known brand, 800/900 watt in Dunedin costs NZ$120 (5 days ago)
  • Utilities (heating, electricity, gas ...), weekly for 1 person in 1 room (45m2) in Dunedin costs NZ$168 (5 days ago)
  • Weekly rent - 1 room (45m2) furnished studio in normal area in Dunedin costs NZ$860 (5 days ago)
  • Weekly rent - 1 room (45m2) furnished studio in expensive area in Dunedin costs NZ$1,269 (5 days ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Dunedin costs NZ$2.89 (5 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Dunedin costs NZ$9 (5 days ago)