Cost of living in Wellington, New Zealand

Summary of cost of living in Wellington

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: NZ$7,320
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: NZ$4,159
  • Cost of living in Wellington is more expensive than in 80% of cities in the World (34 out of 168)
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List of prices in Wellington
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district NZ$21
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) NZ$12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast NZ$7
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk NZ$2.71
12 eggs, large NZ$8
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes NZ$8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese NZ$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples NZ$3.84
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes NZ$3.26
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket NZ$5.26
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$3,324
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area NZ$2,678
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat NZ$193
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area NZ$2,312
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area NZ$1,891
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio NZ$166
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) NZ$78
40” flat screen tv NZ$602
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) NZ$211
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) NZ$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help NZ$23
Clothes Update prices
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$70
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) NZ$155
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes NZ$193
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new NZ$36,179
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas NZ$2.39
Monthly ticket public transport NZ$149
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) NZ$29
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) NZ$17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) NZ$6
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) NZ$48
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) NZ$7
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) NZ$7
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) NZ$5.60
4 rolls of toilet paper NZ$2.81
Tube of toothpaste NZ$4.21
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city NZ$34
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub NZ$53
2 tickets to the movies NZ$35
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) NZ$164
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert NZ$97
1 cocktail drink in downtown club NZ$16
Cappuccino in expat area of the city NZ$4.86
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$0.41
1 month of gym membership in business district NZ$59
1 package of marlboro cigarettes NZ$30
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 220 prices entered by 18 different people.
Latest price update: January 26, 2022

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