Cost of living in Palmerston North, New Zealand

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district NZ$20
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$2.21
12 eggs, large NZ$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes NZ$6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese NZ$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples NZ$4.28
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes NZ$2.68
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket NZ$3.72
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality NZ$22
2 liters of Coca-Cola NZ$3.02
Bread for 2 people for 1 day NZ$1.55
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area NZ$1,877
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area NZ$2,021
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat NZ$299
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area NZ$1,142
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area NZ$815
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio NZ$254
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) NZ$63
40” flat screen TV NZ$586
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) NZ$263
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) NZ$8
Hourly rate for cleaning help NZ$22
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) NZ$144
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) NZ$41
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) NZ$153
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes NZ$128
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new NZ$33,532
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas NZ$1.98
Monthly ticket public transport NZ$79
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) NZ$11
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) NZ$5.00
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) NZ$68
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) NZ$8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) NZ$5.60
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) NZ$5.12
4 rolls of toilet paper NZ$3.82
Tube of toothpaste NZ$4.24
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city NZ$28
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub NZ$44
2 tickets to the movies NZ$31
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) NZ$139
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert NZ$125
1 cocktail drink in downtown club NZ$10
Cappuccino in expat area of the city NZ$5.37
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) NZ$8
iPad Air 2, 64GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district NZ$64
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes NZ$23
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 29 prices entered by 7 different people.
Latest price update: September 19, 2017.

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