Cost of living in New Zealand

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district NZ$18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) NZ$11
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast NZ$8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk NZ$1.95
12 eggs, large NZ$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes NZ$5.53
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese NZ$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples NZ$3.73
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes NZ$3.28
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket NZ$4.07
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality NZ$18
2 liters of Coca-Cola NZ$3.11
Bread for 2 people for 1 day NZ$2.03
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area NZ$2,879
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area NZ$1,939
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat NZ$305
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area NZ$1,892
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area NZ$1,287
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio NZ$250
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) NZ$73
40” flat screen TV NZ$658
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) NZ$200
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) NZ$10
Hourly rate for cleaning help NZ$23
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) NZ$114
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) NZ$84
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) NZ$149
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes NZ$204
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new NZ$35,593
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas NZ$1.90
Monthly ticket public transport NZ$164
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) NZ$12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) NZ$5.37
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) NZ$47
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) NZ$8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) NZ$5.64
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) NZ$4.61
4 rolls of toilet paper NZ$2.29
Tube of toothpaste NZ$3.09
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city NZ$25
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub NZ$53
2 tickets to the movies NZ$33
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) NZ$125
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert NZ$107
1 cocktail drink in downtown club NZ$16
Cappuccino in expat area of the city NZ$4.74
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) NZ$9
iPod nano 16GB NZ$267
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) NZ$0.77
1 month of gym membership in business district NZ$67
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes NZ$24

Map of Cost of Living in New Zealand

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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 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.

Cost of Living Ranking in New Zealand

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Auckland 200
2nd Wellington 189
3rd Christchurch 180
4th Dunedin 158

Price 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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Recent Prices Added

  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Tauranga costs NZ$5.00 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Tauranga costs NZ$34 (1 day ago)
  • 12 rolls of toilet paper in Tauranga costs NZ$1.98 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Tauranga costs NZ$1.80 (1 day ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Tauranga costs NZ$25 (1 day ago)
  • Laundry detergent, 3 liters in Tauranga costs NZ$20 (1 day ago)
  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Tauranga costs NZ$89 (1 day ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Tauranga costs NZ$3.79 (1 day ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Tauranga costs NZ$3.50 (1 day ago)
  • 1 bottle of red table wine, good quality in Tauranga costs NZ$15 (1 day ago)