Cost of living in New Zealand

December 23, 2019

EasyUni Staff

One of the greatest attractions for migrants to New Zealand is the lifestyle that this country has to offer, students seem to enjoy a more relaxed living attitude but compared to many international countries, the cost of living an enjoyable lifestyle seems to be more obtainable.

The cost of living varies depending on where you choose to live in New Zealand. Auckland is an expensive city in which to live but it seems that the further South you travel the less expensive the cost of living becomes. Housing may cost more in Auckland than it does in Dunedin but the average employment wage in Auckland will be a lot higher than in Dunedin, so living costs tend to ‘balance out’.

Price index of general items  


Prices in


Combo meal at McDonald’s or similar 

10.00 NZ$

Meal at an inexpensive restaurant

15.00 NZ$

Rent for an apartment in City Centre (per month)

2,343.50 NZ$

Rent for an apartment outside of City Centre (per month)

1,800.00 NZ$

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

3.40 NZ$

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)

3.00 NZ$

Gasoline (1 litre)

2.17 NZ$

Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment              

196.59 NZ$

Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)

85.00 NZ$

All prices at June 2013 and include New Zealand’s GST (Goods and Services Tax), currently 15%.

Depending on current exchange rate these prices might vary.

The table above shows the prices of the general items that can give students an idea of roughly how much they would need to pay for a certain things in the New Zealand on average. These costs might have to be paid monthly or daily by individuals, but then at the same time chances are that they can be shared for instance the electricity bill or the internet bills can all be shared by a group of people 4 to 5 people.

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