Cost of Living in Auckland

Summary about cost of living in Auckland, New Zealand:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 NZ$ 15.00-45.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 NZ$ 100.00-180.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 15.00 NZ$ 13.00-16.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.00 NZ$ 6.00-14.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 11.00 NZ$ 9.00-13.00
Cappuccino (regular) 5.55 NZ$ 4.50-7.50
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.81 NZ$ 2.50-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.23 NZ$ 2.50-4.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 11.52 NZ$ 7.57-15.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.10 NZ$ 1.81-4.54
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.52 NZ$ 0.91-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 7.44 NZ$ 4.00-9.60
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.99 NZ$ 4.99-9.07
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.81 NZ$ 4.08-10.43
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 10.95 NZ$ 5.90-15.42
Apples (1 lb) 2.08 NZ$ 1.36-2.72
Banana (1 lb) 1.50 NZ$ 1.22-2.27
Oranges (1 lb) 2.29 NZ$ 1.36-2.95
Tomato (1 lb) 4.24 NZ$ 1.36-6.80
Potato (1 lb) 1.52 NZ$ 0.91-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.32 NZ$ 0.91-1.59
Lettuce (1 head) 4.26 NZ$ 3.00-5.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.69 NZ$ 0.95-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 17.99 NZ$ 12.00-25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.19 NZ$ 2.91-9.99
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.44 NZ$ 2.00-8.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 35.00 NZ$ 32.00-40.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 4.15 NZ$ 3.00-5.40
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 215.00 NZ$ 200.00-250.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.00 NZ$ 4.00-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 NZ$ 4.18-8.05
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 NZ$ 50.00-70.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 11.31 NZ$ 10.37-12.22
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 39,490.00 NZ$ 37,000.00-48,990.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 33,315.56 NZ$ 30,000.00-35,400.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 231.13 NZ$ 150.00-350.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.42 NZ$ 0.20-0.50
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 86.15 NZ$ 73.00-110.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 72.18 NZ$ 30.00-115.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 26.56 NZ$ 15.00-30.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 20.00 NZ$ 18.00-25.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,221.69 NZ$ 900.00-1,500.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,250.00 NZ$ 15,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 108.63 NZ$ 50.00-150.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 76.23 NZ$ 35.00-109.90
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 154.29 NZ$ 100.00-200.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 190.65 NZ$ 100.00-250.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 2,146.93 NZ$ 1,800.00-2,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,857.53 NZ$ 1,510.00-2,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,835.03 NZ$ 3,200.00-4,750.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 3,064.16 NZ$ 2,500.00-3,600.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,255.34 NZ$ 929.02-1,756.50
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 925.07 NZ$ 717.86-1,625.79
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 5,865.71 NZ$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.31 2.50-5.50

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Last update: September 2022
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25 Comments so far
Solarnut on Jul 03, 2022:
I'm trying to think of a good reason why anyone should go to NZ and I cant think of any, especially Auckland what a hole.
Tama on Jul 02, 2022:
Do not ever think of moving to auckland or even new Zealand. Crime is rampant with no consequence . The cost of living is so high I moved over from Australia for a while and couldn't handle it there are Soo many feral people in Auckland and everything so expensive. Most of the educated have left
JustCrazy on Jun 14, 2022:
Auckland/NZ is very very expensive, not just the obvious stuff like petrol, rent and food. No EVERYTHING is just so expensive you just couldnt label it anything other than a complete ripoff. Expect to pay $1000 per week for a rental you would actually want to live in, flying internationally is cheaper than flying domestically; want to go to Hobbiton well that is easily a $1000 day trip for a family, same for most attractions like the Rotorua hot pools, local council fees, building fees, car registration and maintenance fees, absolutely everything is a ripoff. Combine these price extortions with NZ's low wages and high tax rates and it is impossible to get ahead here. I finally followed through on my threats to move to Australia and I am just appalled at how much cheaper life is here compared to Auckland, NZ really has lost the plot.
Anonymous on Apr 22, 2022:
Auckland is to expensive, inflation in New Zealand currently sitting at close to 7%. Auckland has two supermarket chains and they are controlled the price of food a its been proven that they are making massive profits by over charging for basic food . Gas is expensive and rent is just highway robbery you pay to much for housing that is not even up to basic living standard, as well as there being a housing crisis that progressive governments have failed to address and to buy a house is so far put of reach of an average person it's not funny this coupled with a council that is 900 million in debt . My advice to anyone is unless you are in a job that earns well then don't move here
Anonymous on Mar 28, 2022:
expensive af. Gas prices are like $4 per liter (1 liter is about 0.26 gallons) and the aussies across the ditch are complaining about $2 a liter
Kevin Fraser on Sep 21, 2021:
I apologise SINCERELY to COKE..
It was anonymous I was responding to.
The reason "anonymous" does not put their name is they can hide from the responsibility of misinformation.
Once again, COKE, I am very sorry.
Kevin Fraser on Sep 21, 2021:
Coke is delusionary. Auckland is muti-cultural.
NZ citizens can indeed leave the country, marry non NZrs and return.
Perhaps Coke can explain the Mosques and Temples?
Please ignore Coke's comments. It is likely Coke is trying to protect some vision he has for the country.
Kevin Fraser on Sep 21, 2021:
My posts are accurate.. I was born in NZ 61 years ago. Other than a 4yr OE stint in the 1980s have lived here all my life. Brought up 4 kids.Grew up in Mt Roskill, lived in Swanson now am in Sth comments are accurate. ..
Coke on May 29, 2021:
How Does the after tax income of Auckland come to nzd 5000???

that number corresponds to a yearly income of NZ$78000(before tax), anyone who live in NZ think it's reasonable??
Anonymous on Feb 12, 2021:
It's very obvious immigrant and Kevin Fraser posts aren't correct at all.New Zealand isn't any different than Ireland or Poland.Since I'm a New Zealander by birth and my entire family are New Zealanders whom have lived in Auckland forever we should know just by walking around especially in the downtown area Muslims,Africans, and Asians are nonexistent in our country.Russian trols will post anything and everything just to achieve 30 rubles per responce. New Zealand has always been a closed society intentionally to keep rifraf out of our country.Media can say anything they want globally about trade with other countries but those are fabricated lies.As far as media goes in New Zealand there's very tight controls upon element before it's allowed to be broadcasted anywhere in New Zealand. As far as what immigrant said about New Zealand kicking anyone out for remarks of discrimination goes. Neither of the posters actually live in New Zealand truth be known let alone work in New Zealand. Those ethnic groups aren't even allowed to visit New Zealand along with many other ethnic groups.Covid19 is nonexistent throughout New Zealand for this reason,we don't want your diseases or any other comunicable diseases other countries gladly share.If any New Zealander chooses to leave and marry anyone of non New Zealand blood they cannot return to New Zealand and they cannot bring their spouse to New Zealand either. That's how it really is immigrant and Kevin Fraser I cannot see anymore of your comments you're blocked now.
kevin fraser on Feb 10, 2021:
An earlier comment about NZ not needing anyone's money or not allowing Muslims or Asians even to visit is incorrect.
The only reason generally speaking, we are not allowing visitors into the country is because of Covid 19..
In regards to not importing or exporting nothing, that is also totally incorrect.
Any reader should disregard that contributor‘s post.
Immigrant on Jan 26, 2021:
NZ doesn't analyse any person on basis of ethnicity, religion, etc. I am an asian and allowed to stay here because my skills are required here.
A beautiful country. Very systematic and politically very correct country.
Someone even commenting based on discrimination is enough to be kicked out of NZ.
Anonymous on Jan 23, 2021:
New Zealand is expensive intentionally to keep paupers,out of our country.Even if a person has networth of 1 million usd or more than means nothing to New Zealanders.People outside of New Zealand have visited that are worth hundreds of million dollars and even billionaires too. But we've turned away those well healed types as well because New Zealanders don't need anyone's money never did. We don't allow Muslims into our country Africans or asians either not even to visit.We are our own country non-political non-religious.We import and export absolutely nothing We've never had one case of covid19 or one infection. Real-estate agencies in New Zealand aren't allowed to sell any Real-estate to anyone from any other countries.
Oscar on Nov 16, 2020:
A word of caution to immigrants, the housing situation in New Zealand is reaching a tipping point, even if you manage to get a good job with higher than average salary, the economic system of this country is rigging the game in favour of rich people and real estate investors. It is a beautiful country, and it has some really nice people, but unfortunately it is becoming incredible difficult if you are not wealthy or already have a home here. You have been warned
Pam Pam on Aug 24, 2020:
I think the pricing is a bit high, as most of my family there are on the low income bracket and there cupboards are always full and bills paid. The only thing I can't get over is how expensive petrol is, I live in Australia now and when I go home $1000 over 10 days goes far. Most of it is spent on petrol and alcohol, food is cheap if you know where to go, clothing is cheap, tattoos are cheap, U can get cheap if you stay away from tourist areas.
borez on Jul 15, 2020:
this is alittle high for the average it keeps saying "mid range " even average income earners dont always pay $45 per person for a meal sometimes they do sometimes they dont . we didnt . we were more likely to pay $30 per person and ive been in family on both low and average income. plus bear in mind theres alot more low income families in Auckland than you think
Pradeep Kumar on Feb 27, 2020:
my daughter want to study in auckland university for master of physiotherpy .piease send me how much cost of studay and living cost in the city.
#preeti on Jan 29, 2020:
we are family of 4..what are the cost of living little far from the main city of auckland?
Shubham on Jan 01, 2020:
I am an Indian who wants ti study for MS in Auckland,New Zealand.Also I am planning ti settle there further can anybody suggest me that is it affordable to settle in Auckland and also get the benefits further after being a citizen
Any answer will be helpful for me
Look carefully before you leap. on Dec 09, 2019:
The analysis above I am sorry to say, does not truly reflect the cost of living in NZ, and Auckland in particular.
the average house price is almost $900k. There is no such thing as a 20-year fixed mortgage and the low rates currently offered can be fixed possibly for 3-years only.
To fill a car with petrol costs $100 and milk costs more than petrol per litre even though we import petrol and product milk here. NZ lamb and kiwifruit are cheaper overseas than in NZ. Council rates are crazy and they're going up again next year.

If you are a couple with say two kids, and want to live a semi modern and active lifestyle, you will need a cumulative income of $200k gross pa.

Auckland is a beautiful city, but you pay for it and there are many families questioning whether the cost is worth it any longer and voting with their feet. Recent immigrants are shocked and some we know have left again whilst others have fallen on hard times.

Sorry to be negative, but regrettably our city leaders are focused on maximising the levies on us rather than making a livable city within its means.
BudgetingIsEz on Aug 26, 2019:
@Comingback home
Easy. 200k pa household income is approx $2700 per week after tax.
Mortgage for a $1m house is around $1000 per week. Grocery for family of 4 is approx $400 per week. Utility + transport + rates + insurance is approx $300 per week.
That leaves you approx $1000 disposable income every week. That would be very comfortable living.
Comingback home on Jul 01, 2019:
Eeeek these comments are scary me! We are moving back end of 2019 from the UK and the house prices are scaring me. Is there any insight on how people afford mortgages for their $1m + houses. We are a family of 4. Likely combined income to be $200K
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Anonymous on Oct 18, 2018:
Rents in Auckland for an apartment close to the city are about 2200 a month
Peter on Sep 03, 2018:
I am an New Zealander who left New Zealand in 2001. I lived in Auckland from 1995 - 2000, when it was still an affordable place to live as a single person. Since then I've lived in one of the most expensive cities in Germany (Dusseldorf). It was cheaper than Auckland. Then I moved to Michigan, USA. We bought a house for $300,000K NZD that would probably cost $1.0 million NZD in Auckland even 10 years ago. Then we moved to California, to one of the most expensive places to live in the USA. 300+ days of sunshine, gas is under $1 a liter, milk is $3 NZD a gallon, avocado and orange orchards around every corner, and coastal and mountain scenery that easily rivals the best NZ has. Closer than it would be in Auckland too. We bought a half acre property with huge house for less money than a 1 bedroom apartment in Auckland city!!!! Auckland is just an insanely expensive place to live. Not just house prices, but everything became insanely, illogically expensive in the last twenty years. I would caution anyone that thinks they are going to New Zealand to live some bucolic relaxed lifestyle to do a lot of research, a very careful budget, and be very realistic about expectations. Think of it financially as if you are moving to New York, Singapore or Hong Kong. Sometimes I think I would live to go back and live in my home country. But as I missed the property boom, I can't afford to go back and have anywhere close to the lifestyle I enjoy here in the USA. It seems to be the only thing that finances the nice lifestyle that many kiwis seem to have is the massive profits they made by buying and selling their family home or investing in real estate while prices went up at 20% per year. So I'll probably become a US citizen instead and abandon New Zealand to the foreign millionaires who to all accounts are taking over. Once a place gets that expensive, there are so many distortions in the social structure that are hard to recover from.