17 March, 2016

Cost of Living in Auckland, New Zealand

With the tourism industry booming in New Zealand. Cost of living in Auckland in hotels are popping up all the time. There are also plenty of restaurants and night clubs you can open should you want to start your own business.  Agriculture in New Zealand is one of the primary industries.  We are able to supply all we need for own people. About 25% of the annual exports have something to do with products from agriculture.

You do want to check out the cost of living as you may think you are going to get a great wage working in New Zealand. Yet some areas are very expensive for basic living expenses. This is mainly due to the tourism. Service providers know they can charge more and people will pay for it.

It’s not that cheap to come here. But, it’s not THAT expensive.

These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 4,303 prices entered  by 477 different people.

Cost of living in Auckland in Nz

Latest price update: July 08, 2015. (Source: http://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/auckland) with our corrections for winter months prices.


Lunchtime menu in the business district NZ$12-16
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) NZ$10
1/2 Kg (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast NZ$9
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk NZ$1.97
12 eggs, large NZ$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes NZ$4.89-8 (in winter)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese NZ$7
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples NZ$1.99-3.61
2 kg (4,5 lb.) of potatoes NZ$2.58
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket NZ$3.78
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality. There are often good sales in supermarkets when you can buy $18 bottle for $10 and less. NZ$18
2 liters of Coca-Cola NZ$3.14
Bread for 2 people for 1 day NZ$2.16
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area. Rent is payable weekly in NZ and depend on how close accommodation is to Auckland City. So one bedroom furnished apartment  you can  rent for $430/w (long term) and the same apartment will cost you $350/w in Manukau City.(our notes) NZ$2,572
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 2 people in 85m2 flat. The cost of utilities depends on your lifestyle and varies a lot. In Summer you pay less and in winter more for power depending what source of heating you use. NZ$337
Internet  (1 month) varied a lot, depending what you  need and from what company. NZ$65
40” flat screen TV NZ$636
Microwave, known brand, 800/900 Watt NZ$180
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) NZ$11
Hourly rate for cleaning help NZ$20


Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV 6 vel. (or equivalent), with no extras, new NZ$12-16
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas NZ$10
Monthly ticket public transport NZ$9
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 Km. (5 miles) NZ$1.97
Cost of living in Auckland, New Zealand
Cost of living in Auckland

Auckland skyline

Altogether, Considering cost of living in Auckland New Zealand to begin a new life takes some planning, some money in the pocket and a great deal of ingenuity when you are here. Our economy is booming, especially in South Island and parts of North Island as well! There are a few  jobs, it depends on you to discover one! Any trouble with visas – Please contact professionals!

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