Cost of living in Wellington, New Zealand

Summary of cost of living in Wellington

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: NZ$7,586
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: NZ$4,248
  • Cost of living in Wellington is more expensive than in 67% of cities in Oceania (5 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Wellington is more expensive than in 83% of cities in the World (37 out of 209)
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List of prices in Wellington
Current as of Feb 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district NZ$22
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) NZ$14
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast NZ$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk NZ$2.37
12 eggs, large NZ$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes NZ$6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese NZ$11
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples NZ$3.97
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes NZ$3.30
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket NZ$6
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality NZ$18
2 liters of coca-cola NZ$3.50
Bread for 2 people for 1 day NZ$2.84
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area NZ$3,452
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area NZ$2,606
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat NZ$224
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area NZ$2,485
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area NZ$1,971
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio NZ$178
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) NZ$71
40” flat screen tv NZ$571
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) NZ$200
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) NZ$14
Hourly rate for cleaning help NZ$26
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) NZ$115
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) NZ$87
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) NZ$156
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes NZ$198
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new NZ$34,722
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas NZ$2.71
Monthly ticket public transport NZ$166
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) NZ$28
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) NZ$17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) NZ$9
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) NZ$58
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) NZ$8
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) NZ$7
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) NZ$7
4 rolls of toilet paper NZ$3.39
Tube of toothpaste NZ$4.66
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city NZ$35
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub NZ$60
2 tickets to the movies NZ$39
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) NZ$148
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert NZ$102
1 cocktail drink in downtown club NZ$15
Cappuccino in expat area of the city NZ$5.04
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) NZ$11
Ipad wi-fi 128gb NZ$703
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) NZ$0.47
1 month of gym membership in business district NZ$54
1 package of marlboro cigarettes NZ$36
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 126 prices entered by 17 different people.
Latest price update: February 03, 2023

Wellington position in our World Ranking

the world
37th
out of 209
oceania
5th
out of 12

Cheapest and most expensive products in Wellington compared to other cities:

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oceania
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oceania
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oceania
2nd
oceania
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oceania
2nd

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