Cost of Living in Auckland

Summary about cost of living in Auckland, New Zealand:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 18.00 NZ$ 12.00-40.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 90.00 NZ$ 65.00-150.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 NZ$ 10.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 10.00 NZ$ 7.00-13.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 10.00 NZ$ 8.00-12.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.91 NZ$ 4.00-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.56 NZ$ 2.85-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.56 NZ$ 2.85-5.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10.50 NZ$ 6.70-13.48
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.80 NZ$ 1.81-4.54
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.36 NZ$ 0.79-1.81
Eggs (regular) (12) 5.95 NZ$ 3.00-9.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.24 NZ$ 3.99-7.85
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6.73 NZ$ 3.63-12.24
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 9.05 NZ$ 4.54-16.78
Apples (1 lb) 1.84 NZ$ 0.91-2.49
Banana (1 lb) 1.38 NZ$ 0.91-2.72
Oranges (1 lb) 1.85 NZ$ 0.91-3.18
Tomato (1 lb) 2.72 NZ$ 1.13-4.54
Potato (1 lb) 1.49 NZ$ 0.68-2.72
Onion (1 lb) 1.29 NZ$ 0.90-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 3.05 NZ$ 1.99-4.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.02 NZ$ 0.90-3.50
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 NZ$ 10.00-20.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.55 NZ$ 2.73-10.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.45 NZ$ 2.50-9.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 34.00 NZ$ 30.00-38.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 3.76 NZ$ 2.00-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 215.00 NZ$ 180.00-220.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 NZ$ 3.00-6.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.26 NZ$ 3.22-8.05
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 NZ$ 50.00-110.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 8.21 NZ$ 7.38-9.08
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 35,490.00 NZ$ 30,000.00-37,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 31,068.21 NZ$ 29,990.00-34,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 190.00 NZ$ 121.43-340.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.40 NZ$ 0.20-0.60
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 80.68 NZ$ 70.00-100.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 72.03 NZ$ 22.00-130.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 18.24 NZ$ 10.00-20.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 19.00 NZ$ 15.00-22.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,278.14 NZ$ 1,000.00-1,620.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 20,222.22 NZ$ 18,000.00-25,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 108.69 NZ$ 60.00-150.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 63.14 NZ$ 30.00-99.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 154.83 NZ$ 90.00-220.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 192.38 NZ$ 100.00-300.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,868.87 NZ$ 1,500.00-2,400.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,629.00 NZ$ 1,200.00-2,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,379.75 NZ$ 2,500.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,677.50 NZ$ 2,200.00-3,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,030.20 NZ$ 782.98-1,393.53
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 830.39 NZ$ 541.90-1,095.60
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,582.71 NZ$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.80 2.90-4.69

Prices in Auckland

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Last update: November 2020
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31 Comments so far
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
Thanks
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.
Awayne on Aug 17, 2018:
I do like your website and thanks for sometimes emailing me about cost-of-living stats!
karthik on Feb 20, 2018:
Dear Friend, Can someone advise me if i can live in auckland with salary of 95K with two kids total family of 4 people. Is it easy to get PR.. how much is the duration to get PR and do i get any school benefits for kids if get PR. Please advise.

Any information will be appreciated.

Thanks,
Karthik
James on Feb 17, 2018:
Also, its very hard to find young and ambitious people in New Zealand because the smartest, most hardworking young people usually leave New Zealand after they graduate university for Australia.

If you find yourself in a conversation with a young kiwi professional who is complaining about their pay, ask them why they don't just move to Australia. They will come up with ridiculous reasons like "I'm scared of the snakes and spiders" and "I heard it's really racist".

Many New Zealanders will become extremely offended when you point out its problems. These people have never been overseas.
James on Feb 17, 2018:
Bad things about Auckland:

Few job opportunities - New Zealand is tiny and ocean-locked, very limited job opportunities, very low pay compared to OECDs, high tax rate

Housing and rent - Extremely poorly built houses. Winter gets cold (2 - 7 degrees at night) but not cold enough to kill, so people get away with building terribly insulated houses. Unless you're willing to spend $300 - $600 a month in heating fees then your home will be freezing.

High burglary and theft - Criminals regularly drive past and patrol almost every single residential street in the city. Almost everyone can expect their house/car to be broken into once every few years, especially in "nice" areas.

Lack of culture - If you've been anyway outside of NZ, you will find that Auckland is far from a world class city, it is an extremely dull and expensive place to live. If you like nightlife, then this is absolutely not the place to be. I won't go into detail, but go into Auckland CBD and you'll see what I mean.

Car culture - you absolutely cannot survive in Auckland without a car. Walking is not an option. Public transport is extremely inconvenient due to suburban sprawl. Traffic jams happen everyday around rush hour. Gas is ridiculously expensive. 2nd hand Japanese cars are plentiful and relatively cheap.

Drugs and drinking - lots of drinking, lots of drugs. cigarettes cost $25 per pack (and increase 10% every year), NZ is very dull.

Climate - summer is tolerable, but it is impossible to stay under the sun for more than 1 minute without feeling extremely burned. The sun here is ridiculously strong, NZ has the highest rate of sun cancer in the world. Winters are extremely rainy. Clothes will take a week to dry if they do dry at all. Rain everyday, the smell of mold everywhere.
ReturningKiwi on Nov 25, 2017:
I've spent 10 years in London and was priced out so bought in the suburbs. I am moving to Auckland (originally from Dunedin) for a role paying circa $200k. I had the choice of Auckland or Sydney (for a higher salary). Whilst this income seems reasonably high, I still can't afford to buy what i'd call a "decent" property without having to sell my property here to get a $250k deposit. It's a despairing that on one hand the industry is growing and doing well enough to have these roles available but is turning into London/NYC/Syd on the house price front without the wages generally to match (I appreciate i'm in the higher bracket of salaries for an IT role).

On the flip side, whilst houses are averaging over 1million in many suburbs, the amount of house you get for your money compared to many big cities, whilst retaining such beautiful surroundings and access to other great areas (Waiheke, Bay of Island, Coromandel) is still arguably unparalleled. I sense that with population increase it will continue to see houses in good neighbourhoods continue to rise. Saying that, if you have the same option to get a slightly lower wage, i'd have gone for Tauranga, Wellington, Christchurch, or even my original Dunedin (if you can handle London like weather). I chose Auckland over Sydney because NZ income tax is about 10% lower than Sydney, and housing whilst expensive is still far more accessible unless you want a 1hour commute.

I've read a few comments below, and suggest people use the following site to get a feeling for what their take home pay will be and factor in the above costs of living to establish if it's sustainable for you:

https://www.paye.net.nz/calculator.html
Anonymous on Sep 07, 2017:
I'm a single 26 years old civil engr. (structural engr.) having 3.5years experience working in a precast company as a structural engr., I'm planning to migrate to Auckland city within a year time,.. just asking about how easy I can get a job there in any of the reputed pre-cast companies! and what about salaries! are they good enough to cover my living expenses over there! just need your help in giving me a clear picture on the life expenses and other related things, etc.,..

Thanking you in advance.

Awaiting your reply/feedback please.
Anonymous on Sep 04, 2017:
Hi everyone, this box and this site is so amazing for helping freshers. I am an Indian student and looking to study in diploma in level 7 from altec international(Concordia institute of business)Auckland Hobson street. Can you please let me know About this institute and course status in Newzealand. Is this course would be worth for me and how much salary I would expect after completing my studies.
Thanks in advance
Robyn Barry on Jun 03, 2017:
My aplogies, heres the site: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/331952/auckland-agency-price-gouging-over-weekly-rent-rise
Anonymous on Jun 03, 2017:
Recent news on radio reported Barfoot and Thomson increasing their rent for apartments 5% everyweek for 6 weeks to over $500 at the start of the year when students were looking for inner city apartments.
su on Apr 24, 2017:
Hi all I'm going to take an English course for more than 6 months then IT course, I have 2 daughters about 8 and 7 years so I want to know if they can join the public school or not
pls any one answer me
thanks for all of u :)
Pratik on Apr 09, 2017:
Hey Friends, Pls let me know what could be a weekly expense for student who is moving to Auckland City.
Kiwi on Feb 23, 2017:
Sorry I forgot to put up some links to websites that will give you an idea of what cost of living is like in NZ:

Www.trademe.co.nz for properties to buy and rent, job listings

Search Countdown, Pak n Save and New World websites for cost of groceries in NZ

Search Harvey Norman, Freedom Furniture, the Warehouse and Kmart for furnishings

Www.seek.co.nz for job listings
You'll note in NZ they don't like to publish salary on offer because it is much lower than other countries.
Kiwi on Feb 23, 2017:
Hi everyone,if you are considering to move to Auckland or NZ in general be very aware that it is an exceptionally expensive place for everything; particularly food, shelter, clothing, transportation.
To buy a house in Auckland you need 20% deposit, that will cost you at least 11x your salary. Wages are low with minimal benefits. Rents will be 70% or more of your take home pay. Food, healthy and junk food will cost you a fortune.
This is throughout the country.
Transport infrastructure is poor in Auckland. 2 lane motorways, no super highways. To travel 15km will take you at least 40 minutes on a good day peak and off-peak and Auckland drivers do NOT know how to drive. Majority of cars you will note that have bumps and dents and scratches. There's more cars on the road than people. Even if 75k - 100k sounds like a lot, your purchasing power is minimal.
NZ is a 3rd world country with first world problems. It's only classed as a developed nation because of a white male Prime Minister. I have seen more development in Asian cities!
If you rent, be prepared for mouldy, drafty timber frames, single pane windows, poor electrics, limited areas with high speed Internet and no pets allowed policy. Furthermore a lot of places may have been used as P labs, even in good areas! Furthermore, the law is on the landlords side & not tenants. Good tenants get screwed over by poor landlords (vast majority are cowboys)

As for Melbourne, it's grimey, high crime, trying hard to be an international city but not quite there. Rents are also rising as well as cost of living. People are unfriendly, unelpful, rough & uncultured. Summer flies will eat you alive, even in the city, extreme heat & cold. Beyond city centre it's a hell hole. Not pretty green like Auckland (only real positive). You might get a little more money, but it's a god awful place! High homelessness on city streets shouting obscenities as you walk past.

I urge people to do their own research if you are looking to move to either country and not to believe media about most liveable city ratings, because that's simply misleading!
Anonymous on Feb 10, 2017:
Hi!

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

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?

Thanks!
Shefka Daud on Feb 01, 2017:
Hello Everyone,

Let me first say big thank you for all of you who support this web based platform; much appreciated!

I am big nature lover and going to NZ is my dream; i graduate this year from Uni in UK with construction management degree and wanted to see whether moving in Auckland, NZ would be possible. I have been in UK for the last 7 years and I may be granted my UK Citizenship this summer (2017). My question is if I cannot secure q graduate programme construction job while i am still in UK, i will still be able to go as a visitor. I will have about £5k nearly 9k NZD would that be enough to support me till i find a job there? What your views are?? If anyone can suggest websites for jobs in NZ i will be gratefull. Also would you please say your view on the suggestion that AU is better for career realisation etc?? I am 27 in few months but i would prefer bit more laid back life rather than killing myself for titles etc... (no offence for all of you who have hard earned titles before and after your names). Thank you in advance. Kind Regards. Shef
Dean on Jan 29, 2017:
Could somebody tell me if a combined salary of $6000 a month after tax, for a young couple is doable in Auckland?
Sam on Dec 22, 2016:
Anyone who's thinking about moving to Auckland or rather New Zealand, is a good idea however in comparison to similar cities (etc. Sydney, Melbourne) and you're looking to grow your career with better taxes and better transportation, I'd think about looking at other places. Outside Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch (predominantly Auckland) there is barely any job opportunities. New Zealand is a wonderful place to raise a family but please take all these considerations in mind. NZ does have lower wages in comparison to other cities.

As for transportation, AT (Auckland Transport) is the main means of travel in Auckland and there are few metros and buslines in other cities. If you're looking to moving to Auckland - Great! Auckland has a very well, world class developed metroline and bus service, expanding as far as 40km north of the city to roughly 30-50km's south. There are 4 main lines (West, South, Onehunga and East) which operate very similar to a New York metro. There are trains in Wellington and Christchurch as well as good bus services. As for the rest of NZ, KiwiRail operates a service between each city and there is the occasional busses.

If you're new and looking to come to New Zealand look at outer Auckland. There are good job opportunities and it's roughly a 30min drive from the city centre. Fuel is pricey so do watch that. NZ does have a housing crisis where there are too few houses however the government recently announced massive sub-division plans in Outer Auckland.

A good salary in New Zealand is around 60-100k (don't quote me), it should get you through with payments such as rent, however in Auckland you will need more as it's more expensive.

Auckland City is very vibrant as with other places. New Zealand is very rich in culture. It's astounding, beautiful, it's like you're walking in an untouched environment, amazing fauna, there is the Tane Mahuta tree, one of the largest trees in the world, then you have the Rotorua hot pools, to the Wellington Te Papa Museum, the Picton Ferry, Mt. Cook, Milford Sound, Stewart Island, you could go on and on. Best of all it's very short travelling distance (roughly from Los Angeles to Portland is the distance from Auckland to Invercargill I believe). You are surrounded by beaches.

If you're looking for a laid back, Hawaii-California type place, then definitely consider NZ. If you are looking to maximise your career, and earn better wages look at Australia.
Wendy on Nov 08, 2016:
Minimum wage in Auckland is around $15 the hour. I'm sure your son will love it here. There is Public transport in most areas but I don't think Auckland's public transport system is as efficient as the one in the US. New Zealand sure is beautiful Joanne and isn't overly expensive.
joanne on Nov 05, 2016:
My son is considering a job in a golf course, what is the "minimum wage' in Auckland? How does a US citizen transfer car insurance, medical insurance ect.

He is young, will have some company support, but will have a rude awakening I'm sure coming from San Diego, California.

How can he even get a car to drive, is public transportation available outside the city center?

I understand he wants to see the world, and better to do it now while he is young, heard its a Beautiful, but expensive place to Live?

Any advice?