Cost of Living in Wellington

Summary about cost of living in Wellington:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 15.00 NZ$ 12.00-20.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 NZ$ 60.00-100.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 10.00 NZ$ 9.00-12.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 8.00 NZ$ 7.00-12.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 10.00 NZ$ 7.00-12.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.38 NZ$ 4.00-5.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 3.22 NZ$ 2.80-4.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.62 NZ$ 1.50-3.90
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 11.77 NZ$ 8.71-15.14
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.24 NZ$ 0.91-3.18
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.37 NZ$ 0.91-2.04
Eggs (regular) (12) 4.73 NZ$ 4.00-7.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.25 NZ$ 3.63-5.44
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.95 NZ$ 4.54-9.07
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.69 NZ$ 4.54-8.62
Apples (1 lb) 1.49 NZ$ 0.68-2.26
Banana (1 lb) 1.47 NZ$ 1.13-1.81
Oranges (1 lb) 1.67 NZ$ 1.13-2.27
Tomato (1 lb) 2.34 NZ$ 1.36-3.63
Potato (1 lb) 1.26 NZ$ 0.88-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.13 NZ$ 0.77-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 2.39 NZ$ 1.50-3.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.02 NZ$ 1.00-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 15.00 NZ$ 12.00-18.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 5.96 NZ$ 2.50-10.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 8.22 NZ$ 6.00-12.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 25.50 NZ$ 23.00-28.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 NZ$ 3.50-5.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 150.00 NZ$ 120.00-180.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 NZ$ 3.50-5.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.18 NZ$ 3.22-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 60.00 NZ$ 60.00-100.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.97 NZ$ 7.57-8.71
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 33,990.00 NZ$ 30,000.00-38,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 30,060.91 NZ$ 25,000.00-37,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 171.87 NZ$ 103.03-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.40 NZ$ 0.15-0.80
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 82.50 NZ$ 70.00-98.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 55.92 NZ$ 30.00-85.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 17.14 NZ$ 10.00-25.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 NZ$ 10.00-17.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 916.67 NZ$ 600.00-1,200.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 19,500.00 NZ$ 18,000.00-21,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 112.00 NZ$ 70.00-150.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 56.88 NZ$ 35.00-89.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 145.93 NZ$ 120.00-180.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 154.39 NZ$ 120.00-250.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,735.12 NZ$ 1,200.00-2,173.91
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,442.69 NZ$ 1,090.00-1,739.13
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,982.50 NZ$ 2,124.00-3,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,395.65 NZ$ 1,799.00-2,826.09
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 574.51 NZ$ 325.16-760.03
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 425.45 NZ$ 278.71-650.32
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 4,130.38 NZ$
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.88 4.40-5.70

Prices in Wellington

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Last update: June 2018
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10 Comments so far

#Rosie O'Donnell on Feb 15, 2018 :
Hi I was wondering how much it would cost someone like me with special needs to live in Wellington Please?
#Anonymous on Jan 31, 2017 :
Are the above figures based on a family? Of how many individuals?
#Luks on Sep 01, 2016 :
I have a Job offer for 75000 nzd per annum.

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

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

#Anonymous on Nov 25, 2015 :
In Wellington, there is a huge range of choice for bottled water. One of them is Pam’s bottled water and only costs 99 cents for 1.5 litre bottle. Why one should bother about the brand if you can buy a cheaper one? Pam’s is the private label from New World Supermarket, the biggest supermarket chain in New Zealand.
#Leon on Jun 16, 2015 :
Zoe you have no idea what you are talking about.. You are completely off with your figures.

Most of the stats on this page are quite accurate. This is from someone that has lived here for 27 years - been a student, rented in and out of the city, and now own my own place.
#Zoe on Jun 06, 2015 :
On the minimum wage or close to it you are likely to take home around $2000 a month before taxes, and many people, particularly students pay almost a third of their income in taxes and loan repayments. Of course this applies to the lucky few who are actually working full time. A large amount of people cannot get more than 25 hours a week.
#OOTB on May 13, 2015 :
Don't know what Zoe's on about. If you work full time at the minimum wage, you still earn over $2000 after tax - see Wellington is full of public servants who get paid decent (but not very high) salaries. I earn $61,500 which is a pretty average young professional salary (I am underpaid for my role, as I work in law and have several years experience). That is over $3,900 per month after tax. I am 28. The June 2014 Income Survey from Statistics New Zealand showed the average weekly income for Wellington as being $900. Which is pretty much right on par with my salary. So no, not unusually high at all - if anything the numeo sample is unusually low.
#Zoe on Jan 29, 2015 :
The average monthly salary is unusually high. Most people are lucky to earn $2000 a month and everything costs a fortune. I don't know who are spiking up this average income, but i guarantee none of them are under 35.
#Ryan on Aug 01, 2014 :
I am planning to to my studies in New Zealand and would like to know the cost of rent in Auckland and other states in New Zealand. Please contact me at me email address:

Thank you,
#Sabrinna Valisce on Jun 17, 2014 :
This is extremely out of date. Utilities are more lije $250 for electricity per/month. Unlimited internet is $116 per/month.