Cost of Living in Auckland

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 82.05
Rent Index: 44.96
Groceries Index: 74.09
Restaurants Index: 73.69
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 64.51
Local Purchasing Power: 106.32
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 16.39 NZ$ 15.00-25.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 NZ$ 70.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.20 NZ$ 9.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 NZ$ 6.50-10.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 8.00 NZ$ 6.99-10.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.63 NZ$ 4.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.17 NZ$ 2.50-4.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.91 NZ$ 2.00-4.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10.25 NZ$ 7.57-14.38
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.48 NZ$ 1.36-3.50
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.34 NZ$ 0.91-1.81
Eggs (12) 5.64 NZ$ 4.00-7.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.43 NZ$ 3.63-5.44
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 6.48 NZ$ 5.44-8.16
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 7.23 NZ$ 5.44-9.07
Apples (1 lb) 1.63 NZ$ 1.36-2.04
Banana (1 lb) 1.40 NZ$ 1.13-1.81
Oranges (1 lb) 1.70 NZ$ 1.36-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 2.45 NZ$ 1.81-3.63
Potato (1 lb) 1.27 NZ$ 0.91-1.81
Onion (1 lb) 1.26 NZ$ 0.91-2.27
Lettuce (1 head) 2.58 NZ$ 2.00-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.43 NZ$ 1.00-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 NZ$ 10.99-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.56 NZ$ 3.00-7.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.90 NZ$ 2.00-6.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 22.00 NZ$ 20.00-25.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.50 NZ$ 2.50-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 140.00 NZ$ 100.00-200.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 NZ$ 2.50-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 NZ$ 4.02-6.44
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 50.00 NZ$ 42.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.96 NZ$ 6.51-7.53
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,000.00 NZ$ 25,000.00-38,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 29,500.00 NZ$ 26,500.00-35,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 191.89 NZ$ 144.00-265.62
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.61 NZ$ 0.40-1.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 85.06 NZ$ 75.00-99.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 62.69 NZ$ 44.00-95.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 16.79 NZ$ 10.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 18.00 NZ$ 15.00-20.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 104.47 NZ$ 80.00-140.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 69.00 NZ$ 40.00-100.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 148.75 NZ$ 120.00-189.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 149.92 NZ$ 100.00-200.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,687.71 NZ$ 1,400.00-2,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,435.44 NZ$ 1,100.00-1,700.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,164.10 NZ$ 2,500.00-3,800.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,363.25 NZ$ 2,000.00-2,937.32
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 845.88 NZ$ 580.64-1,021.92
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 584.69 NZ$ 464.51-743.22
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 3,737.93 NZ$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.76 4.39-5.25

Prices in Auckland, New Zealand

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Last update: October, 2016
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Cost of living in Auckland is 17.95% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 886.18$ (1,238.03NZ$) and for four person family at 3,193.72$ (4,461.75NZ$) (without rent).
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46 Comments so far

#Dean on Oct 23, 2016 :
If your thinking of coming here without a massive bank account dont bother to expensive for everything
#Sabian on Oct 15, 2016 :
I just spent some time using the compare feature to compare Auckland house and rental prices (which look accurate to me) with those of other major western cities. To my surprise, Auckland is usually around 10% - 20% CHEAPER than other major cities! Wow i thought Auckland was expensive.. guess it's not (comparatively).
#Luks on Sep 08, 2016 :

I have a Job offer for 75000 nzd per annum in Wellington.

I will be travelling with my wife, but at the beginning she won't be working.

Will this salary be enough for both of us? At least for the firsts months?

#Anonymous on Aug 29, 2016 :
Couple with 1 kid here and lived in Auckland for 12 years.Earned 100k combined salary and have a house with a mortgage.I have moved to Perth in the last 3 months to get the sunshine.If you find auckland expensive then you are kidding me-Perth is more expensive but houses are cheaper as the mining boom is over.Auckland on the other hand is doing well with its economy and there are jobs but you need to earn a decent 120k salary to enjoy NZ if you are a couple otherwise it will be hard on you. Dont even think about buying a house unless you are bringing $500K minimum with you.I bought a 2 bedroom unit in 2012 for 270k and it went on auction for $685,000 a fortnight ago and thats a huge profit margin right? but I still didn't sell it because I am getting offers of 700k already after the auction.House prices are ridicolously expensive here.I take the money next week and buy a 4 bedroom house with a swimming pool in Perth for $450k,buy a mean 7 seater SUV and discover australia.I am mortgage free at 40.
Coming back to auckland,its a beautiful city and has a lot to offer but you need some serious cash to enjoy the lifestyle and it rains....all the time....the constant rains is driving people mad so if you are coming from the UK then Auckland is not the place you want to be unless you like the grey dull weather..I'd say be prepared for 300 days of rain!and if you are thinking of renting-Good luck with your find-I feel your pain.
Read the property and economy section of the NZ herald and you will know what I am talking about.I feel sorry for the 10,000 people from UK making a beeline to come to NZ.The grass is not always for me Perth is doing just fine..I need the 300 days of sunshine!
#SAM on Aug 20, 2016 :
Moving to Auckland (Couple with 1kid)with NZD 85k PA. before tax (monthly around NZD 7000) for one year. Please let me know below things
-How much TAX i need to pay
-Room rent per month (1bhk)
-Food expenses for 2 person with one kid
-Any major expenses

And how much i ca save per month
#Richard on Aug 07, 2016 :
Moving to Christchurch in 2 weeks. It's way cheaper than Auckland and nicer as well despite the rebuild. From my research it's about 20% more than North America in regards to pricing. I got lucky and get free housing and a free work good luck to those thinking of moving without work or the proper visas. It's a pain in the butt to obtain them but worth it in the long run. Can't wait to start a new chapter in my life. See you all on the ball fields!!! Ciao
#Canadian_Nurse on Aug 05, 2016 :
Wow I am shocked how bad it is in Aukland. My brother is choosing between Winnipeg, Canada or Auckland, New Zealand. After doing some research and reading the comments, I would strongly recommend to my brother to move here in Winnipeg. As an Emergency Nurse here in Winnipeg I get around 80K dollars a year and a big house would be around 400K. Even my rent is really cheap I only pay 465 dollars a month. It is a bachelors apartment but it is quite spacious. I could easilly save 3500 dollars a month. It is sad that the middle class in NZ are having such a difficult time saving money. In Canada the medical personel are paid really well, I know some nurses who get well over 100k dollars a year and live a very comfortable life. I hope NZ does a better job helping their middle class.
#Okasha on Aug 03, 2016 :
I might be moving on an IT role (Intermediate Support Consultant) in one of the largest IT companies in NZ, location Auckland. What's the reasonable annual salary for living ? (a couple, no kids yet) ? I've been hearing numbers around 70 and that reasonable these days or what?
#Jon on May 07, 2016 :
I may be moving to Auckland and the salary range I'm looking at is between NZ$110,000-130,000 before taxes. How would my salary hold up?
#lisa on May 05, 2016 :
Davey, you're a dickhead.
The average wage is 75K, and that gets you nowhere in Auckland. If you missed the housing escalator and find you have to rent, you face a blanket requirement of $400 a week. The ageing population, who no longer want to flat, are fast discovering their wages are not going up and they are certainly not going any further. I work in media, and I am accepting less than what I was on in 10 years ago, yet I am now in a senior position. I no longer buy the designer clothes but I refuse to quite the coffees and odd nice meal out. But I am not moving forward and will soon back peddle. So we don't wax that last $100... it seems fruitless to do so. I used to save $300 a week 10 years ago, and save I did. But it's getting a harder ask. And given how much harder we're asked to work for less, is it no wonder that odd nice out seems a better punt than slow save in a banking system not tipped in your odds either?
#Mike on Apr 01, 2016 :
Only thing cheap in Auckland is booze and fast food which you can nearly find on every corner.
#Mark on Apr 01, 2016 :
Agree with Sam Samson
His estimate of 500$ per week is about spot on.
Auckland is ridiculousy expensive !!
Premiuim fuel now back around 2.00$ per litre.
Im earning in top 10 % of incomes and have business on side also and I have to be careful with my budget.
Almost no chance of myself buying a house now as the average home is nearing a million dollars.
Auckland now has 62 suburbs with average house prices over 1 million. An absolute joke
Yet the incomes kiwis make arent keeping pace with the cost of living. Average income in NZ approximatley 75000$. Very large disproportions.
Be prepared for a shock if you move here !
#trevor mcgown on Mar 27, 2016 :
Auckland house prices are among the highest in the English speaking world. Tatty brick bungalows from the 1950s can cost a million $NZ.
Most New Zealanders are not all that well paid. I have no clue how Aucklanders can afford their mortgages. Everybody in my neighbourhood seems to drive a SUV (I don't). Again, I have no clue how they afford it.
One consequence of the low pay in New Zealand is very low levels of savings.
The New Zealand income tax is harsh unless you have children and an annual income under 50K/year. Each child then entitles you to $100/week from the income tax department.
#Katie on Feb 25, 2016 :
We are Australian and were living in the UK for 2 years. Now we are in Auckland. It is very expensive here, even in comparison to AUS and UK. In fact, we are still a bit shell shocked. We live quite simply and I have a well paying job but even still it is hard. Be prepared to houseshare.
#Shakeel on Feb 17, 2016 :
Planning to come over to Auckland from UK for a role, offered relocation. Salary offered is 110K p/annum. I have four children so do worry about cost of living. Any thoughts from anyone?
## school student on Feb 08, 2016 :
I am researching the liveability of Auckland for an assignment, any chance of some more information soon?
#alex on Jan 26, 2016 :
HI, could anybody tell me how's it like working as a chef/cook in Auckland? What are the pay rates per hour and how many hours a week is the standard work week. Thx. :)
#Michael on Oct 17, 2015 :
There is no rend cheaper than $400 per week in Auckland. All offers you see are alternated garages or a room in house to share with other people. Even if your room had got separate access - you will hear how rest of the house sneezing, snoring, flushing toilet (NZ doesn't know about soundproof).
For from about $420 pw you can have something private...
Someone wrote in Jan 2015 that food expanse is $140pw - to clarify - this is per person. Not per family. Cheapest meal is $8. If you have 2 a day * 7 days = $112 a week. But you need fruits..
So, $140 is really cheap I would say... Should be about $190.
#Sua Kim on Aug 22, 2015 :
I had to a project in financial literacy with $2000 per week, and it's impossible!!!
#vishnu on Jun 22, 2015 :
I plan to come Auckland as a student,i would like to by doing a part time job ,monthly how much i can yearn
#simon on Jun 06, 2015 :
Hello, i would like to know about the jobs in automotive industry, i am a autotechnician currently working in dubai and i would like to settle in newzealand, can i have your advice please
#Shikha on Apr 22, 2015 :
Hi all, well I am moving to nz with my spouse on student visa and will be pursuing a pg diploma in business administration from AIS at Auckland. Will anyone suggest me how to find accommodations, part time job for myself and full time job for my spouse. He is an automobile expert evaluator as well as sales guy. What will be our future prospects after two year of our visa?
#robert on Apr 12, 2015 :
Hey my name is robert. I'm currently live in usa and work as a nurse. I'm working with agent to get visa to australia but instead they told me it's easier to go to NZ . I'm indonesian. Anyway, I'm applying for PR in new Zealand using skill select. I wonder how much nurse salary in new Zealand and I'm planning to bring my son with me. I need advice . Thank you
#applet on Mar 30, 2015 :

I would like to ask are there a future for me in aukland? I have been in the manufacturing company for 7 yrs and currently in the sugar industry..What are the chances of getting an employer there? Thanks.
#Anjaneya on Mar 19, 2015 :
which place good to study MBA which Australia or New Zealand
#Nigel on Feb 08, 2015 :
Also a note to my previous post, if you are coming to New Zealand as a teacher, please be aware that New Zealand is currently experiencing a large surplus of teachers, so the job market is not ideal for this profession at the moment. But then again you may be very well qualified and land a job easily. But you have been warned!
#Nigel on Feb 08, 2015 :
It depends on which city you are going to live in. If you want to live in Auckland, be prepared to be shocked by the cost of rents and houses. In Auckland, you really need to be in a profession of some sort (teachers included) taking home at least $700 per week after tax to live a comfortable lifestyle. Of course your definition of comfortable may be different from mine. But for me its the ability to eat out at least twice a week, own a decent car, pay my bills on time, have a house or apartment to my self and have at least $100 left over each week to save. The $700 figure may seem high, but if you come as a couple or split costs with a room mate you may be able to get by on less.

Other parts of New Zealand are much cheaper because rent and housing generally is a lot cheaper than in Auckland.
#Sam Samson on Jan 23, 2015 :
Can you do it... of course you can... it ain't cheap .. but you're living in a beautiful little island tucked away in the South Pacific.

For the low budget minded - here are some estimates...

Weekly outgoings/costs (approximates) :
One Bedroom Flat $300 per week
Food $140 / water $20 / Electricity $13 / Gas $9 / public transport $35

Total NZD$517.00 per week

If you share your house and bills you can halve this amount

If you know where to shop and do your own cooking then you should be able to halve the food costs too
#rohrs21 on Jan 20, 2015 :
We are a family of 4 wanting to move to u are saying nz is too expensive on a teachers salary?.we are coming from island of kauai hawaii and need to figure out if nz is more expenisve then here thx and aloha:)
#Nithin k.v on Dec 24, 2014 :
I would like to do a diploma course from new zealand..can I get a part time job there and how much I an earn from there.. pls help me ..
#Anonymous on Dec 24, 2014 :
Hello, I am planning to come to Auckland for work purpose. Can anyone pls. tell me how much I may need to spend on monthly basis for Basic things like (Rent-basic/Transportation bus/utilities/food/groceries/internet/phone). for eg. if I get 4k NZDs/per month post tax deduction. Will that be sufficient? and how much I can save per month post all the above mentioned expenditure. Thank you.
#deepak on Dec 19, 2014 :
hii i m coming in nz within couple week so can any body tell me the actuale cost of living in nz
#john from auckland on Nov 20, 2014 :
Now living in the uk. Many costs in nz are twice as high as UK.
#Farrukh from Auckland, NZ on Oct 21, 2014 :
I see figures are accurately mentioned on this website.

#anonymouscomment on Oct 17, 2014 :
Hmm I think this is probably quite accurate. Fantastic website numbeo is. Robertfrombulgaria yes NZ is expensive, especially Auckland, and its BECAUSE of the high quality of life that it is expensive. That comes at a price. Auckland is consistently ranked among the top cities in the world. That comes at a price. Other top cities like Vancouver are enormously expensive because everyone wants to live in these cities.
#Bunny on Oct 13, 2014 :
Heii I am bunny from India and I come nz in couple of days and this is my first step to my dream
#sumeet prajapati on Sep 23, 2014 :

what's the cost of 1BHK apartment in Auckland ?
and what is the salary for fresh employee?
#Abhishek Baral on Aug 21, 2014 :
Hi, I am Abhishek from Nepal. I am coming Auckland within a couple of week. Can i get join a group for the room sharing ?
#Sachin Bansal on Jul 22, 2014 :
I am Sachin . I am planning to shift newzealand(Auckland) in couple of month. Can any body help me with the actual cost of living and the part time or full time job prospect in Auckland.
#Sachin Bansal on Jul 22, 2014 :
I am Sachin from India. I m planning to shift in newzealand in couple of months. Can any body tell me the actual cost of living.
#yiggity on Jul 09, 2014 :
a 1 bed room apartment in the city can be as cheap as $200 per week..
#Bob on Jun 06, 2014 :
Newzealand is very expensive! Being a kiwi myself, we had to leave. Barely making it from month to month as professionals was very difficult
#addi on May 10, 2014 :

I plan to come new Zealand as a student, my question is can I earn $1700 per month?
#Robert from Bulgaria on May 09, 2014 :
I am shoked of the figures.Can't be that bad!?Bulgaria,65-th rated in the world,according to the quality of life,currently I reside,as a teacher(2500NZ$,after tax)pay 3-4 times less in comparison to what kiwis do.Check this out,all in NZ$:
Home Internet-17,65 Mbps
Mobile,data plan incl.(350min.EU calls and int.-20
Rent(3bed flat)-400
Public transport-0,60 ticket
Taxi-20(20km ride)
Petrol-2,70(same price as NZ)
Dinner-50,00(for 4 in restaurant)
Wine-12,00(in restaurant),5,00(shop price)
Dentist-30filling,100-crown,300 denture,300 teeth whitening
Fitness membership-30
Car wash-20
My car(Kia Carnival van,second-hand,6 years,executive)-5000
100000 russians bought properties in Bulgaria and 80 000 Brits.
So,it looks like to me the poorest EU country offers better quality of life than NZ
#Davey on Feb 11, 2014 :
Ignore the first commenter - most kiwis not on the minimum wage easily have $100 per week (400 per month) left over after essentials. Its just that most kiwis then choose to spend their extra cash, giving the impression we dont have a lot of cash. Most of us kiwis dont know how to save...
#Orson on Jul 28, 2013 :
The NZ figures are severely under-estimated, in some case by 150% or more a simple search of the local internet for data plans, food prices, petrol prices, house costs will show you that someone is cooking the books. The average kiwi hasn't got $400 per month in their pocket after expenses.